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Public Radio Music Day 2020

More than 20 million listeners tune in weekly to hundreds of local public radio music stations like WMOT across America to discover, learn about, and enjoy a mix of music selections, artists, and genres that are, in many cases, available only on public radio. Announced this past February with the introduction of bipartisan Congressional Resolutions, Public Radio Music Day was created to raise awareness about public radio’s contributions to audiences, artists, and communities.

Although the COVID-19 health crisis has placed constraints on live and on-site events, WMOT is proud to move forward with Public Radio Music Day and continue engaging music fans, artists and musicians through their virtual spaces. On April 16, WMOT and stations from nearly 30 states will host special broadcast and digital programming, such as virtual concerts, dedicated studio sessions, handcrafted playlists, and fan and artist stories, to help connect their community with local musicians and artists.

WMOT will be participating through:

  • A Public Radio Music Day Radio Festival, replaying 15 hours of concerts recorded at our events over the past year.
  • Exclusive release of Will Hoge’s song “The Curse” from his Album Tiny Little Movies, to be released June 26, 2020.
  • Exclusive release of music videos from Sierra Hull, Will Hoge, Katie Pruitt, Tim O’Brien, Brian Wright and the Sneakups, Michaela Anne and Maya de Vitry.

WMOT's Radio Festival Lineup in Celebration of Public Radio Music Day

Listen at 89.5 FM in middle Tennessee and WMOT.org worldwide


9a Tanya Tucker - AmericanaFest 2019

10a Rob and Trey - AmericanaFest 2019

11a Birds of Chicago - a May 2019 Wired In

12p Keb' Mo' - Wired In AmericanaFest Session

1p Katie Pruitt - East Iris Studio Public Radio Music Day Sessions

2p Che Apalache from AmericanaFest 2019

3p Grace Potter - 2019 895 Session

4p Jesse Dayton - Feb. 2020 Wired In

5p Sierra Hull - East Iris Studio Public Radio Music Day Sessions

6p  War & Treaty - 2019 895 Fest Set

7p  Robert Randolph from AmericanaFest 2019

8p Jade Bird - October 895 Session

9p Wood Brothers from AmericanaFest 2019

10p Yola - Feb. 2019 Wired In

11p Mavericks from AmericanaFest 2019



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.