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.

Sierra Ferrell performs “Jingle Bell Rock” for WMOT’s 12 Days of Christmas.

WMOT's list of most played albums of 2020 is measured by CDX, an airplay monitoring service. WMOT's Americana Countdown Show, The List, with Webb Wilder will count down the top albums starting December 18 at 2 pm Central. The countdown will contine each Friday through January 8, 2021.

You can still vote for your favorite albums of 2020 until December 17!

And look for Craig Havighurst's Essential Americana Albums list this week on

Paul Thorn performs "Last Room At The Inn" from his home studio, for WMOT's 12 Days of Christmas.

Shinyribs performs "Xmas On The Isathmus" for WMOT's 12 Days of Christmas.

The McCrary Sisters perform "What Child Is This?" featuring Buddy Miller for WMOT's 12 Days of Christmas. The song is part of 'A Very McCrary Christmas' album.