Val Hoeppner

Executive Director

Val Hoeppner is the executive director of WMOT 89.5, executive producer of Wired In, 895 Fest, 895 Sessions, 895 Feast and the AmericanaFest Day Stage presented by WMOT, World Cafe and NPR Music. Hoeppner joined WMOT in 2014 and helped transition WMOT from mixed format to American Roots in 2016.

Hoeppner also serves as the director for the Center for Innovation in Media at MTSU, supporting student media at Middle Tennessee State University.

Hoeppner moved to Nashville in 2008 to work for John Seigenthaler as the director of education for the Diversity Institute after a 20-year career in newspapers and media.

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Brian Wright brought his band of six Sneakups into the studio at East Iris for WMOT's East Iris Studios video sessions in late February 2020. Brian Wright and the Sneakups new album "Lapse of Luxury" will be released on Cafe Rooster Records May 8, 2020.

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Nashville artist Will Hoge joined WMOT at East Iris Studios back in February 2020 for our Public Radio Music Day video sessions. Hoge debuted "The Curse" on WMOT for Public Radio Music Day, April 16. 2020. The full album, Tiny Little Movies will be released June 26, 2020.

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Sierra Hull's most recent album 25 Trips was released on February 28, 2020. Just before the album release, Hull joined WMOT for an interview and live performance video session at East Iris Studios in Nashville. 

Will Hoge is debuting his song "The Curse" on WMOT today to celebrate Public Radio Music Day. Hoge will release his album Tiny Little Movies June 26, 2020. 

Hoge was one of the artists who helped launch WMOT Roots Radio Sept. 2, 2016 and his special Public Radio Music Day video set from home is a continuation of his relationship with public radio music stations.

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Honestly, we couldn't say it better than The War and Treaty does. Tanya and Michael Trotter both discovered music on public radio music stations. WMOT and pubic radio throughout the country welcomed the duo and amplified their music. Get inspired by their Public Radio Music Day Ambassador message and video from some of their WMOT performances.