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.

Wired In with Carolina Story was taped in August, 2020 at Black River Entertainment and features Ben and Emily Roberts along with Sam Wilson on guitar. The trio speaks with host, Jessie Scott and performs songs from their upcoming album, Dandelion. 

Heidi Newfield joins Jessie Scott for Words and Music from her home in Nashville where she is preparing to release The Barfly Sessions, Vol.1. The album features collaborations and co-writes, including Jim Lauderdale, Delbert McClinton, Chris Stapleton, Matt King and Kenny Vaughan and others.

Set List:

Sarah Jarosz chats with Jessie Scott from her new home in Nashville for Words and Music. In this session, Jarosz talks about writing her new album World On the Ground and performs three songs from the album on the stage at The Station Inn.



Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist of the Band of Heathens join Jessie Scott from their homes in Austin, Texas and Ashville, North Carolina. Jurdi and Quist talk about the upcoming release of their album, 'Stranger',  the animated music video for the song "Black Cat" and collaborating on Good Time Supper Club live streams.

Set List:

  • Black Cat
  • Today is Our Last Tomorrow

Molly Tuttle spent her time in quarantine learning Pro Tools and making her latest album, "...but I'd rather be with you". Tuttle talks about choosing the songs she covered on the album, East Nashville trains and more in this Words and Music session.