WMOT-FM is an educational and public service communication resource of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University and serves the region through informational and entertainment programming and outreach activities that foster educational, civic and personal development.
HISTORY OF WMOT-JAZZ89 1967 Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) was established
· 1968 Lane Boutwell of MTSU Speech & Theatre Department proposed a radio station. Doug Vernier was selected as General Manager.
· 1969 WMOT chosen as call letters 1969 WMOT signs on the air April 9 with 780 watts on a 100 foot tower
· 1970 NPR (National Public Radio) established by CPB. A network for member public radio stations distributing programs and services
· 1971 Increased from 780 watts to 50,000 watts on a new 300 foot tower. Gov. Winfield Dunn pressed the button to make the switch.
· 1972 Doug Vernier resigns as General Manager and Dr. Harold Baker replaces him 1975 WMOT studios are moved into the Learning Resources Center, Room 200
· 1978 Dr. Harold Baker resigns as GM to teach full time. John L. High becomes new General Manager and Director of Broadcasting.
· 1982 WMOT goes to an all jazz/news format 1988 WMOT is nominee for Gavin Report “Jazz Station of the Year”
· 1991 Details Magazine named WMOT “Middle Tennessee’s Best Radio Station” 1996 WMOT goes to 24 hours a day broadcast operation
· 1996 WMOT increases power to 100,000 watts on a new tower site with an increase in tower height to over 600 feet.
· 1999 WMOT is nominee for Gavin Report “Jazz Station of the Year” for a second time.
· 2002 WMOT receives recognition for two major PBS awards cited to WCTE, Public Television for series of rural public broadcasting receptions WMOT has received more than 70 awards from (TAPBA) Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association since 1984 with over half of them being 1st Place and many being broadcast nationally on the AP (Associated Press Network.)
· 2003 WMOT is co-founder of Jazz in Cookeville TN Jazz festival.
· 2004 Longtime Development Coordinator Laura Dunn passes away
· 2005 WMOT news staff one of the most awarded in TAB history
· 2007 Station manager John High retires after nearly 30 years in that position
· 2009 WMOT adds national news programs to jazz lineup
· 2010 WMOT hires Henri Pensis as new station manager
· 2011 WMOT adds classical music to weekday programming, retaining jazz nights and weekends.
WMOT’s impact on the Middle Tennessee community is important, as the only area station that programs traditional jazz music 7 days a week, and classical music weekdays on free, traditional FM radio. Our listeners appreciate our commitment to programming music, especially classical and jazz, that is accessible to anyone with a traditional radio. WMOT impacts the arts community by promoting and participating in area jazz festivals and concerts. WMOT offers unique national news programs, some of which are exclusive in the community. Our fulltime news department produces award winning features and local news stories consistently, with a focus on Middle Tennessee issues. Within the past 2 years WMOT news staff has produced over 100 stories on the environment, healthcare, the arts, and other subjects important to our community. Our three major goals for the coming year are 1. To make sure as many people as possible know that they have one place on the dial to hear traditional, mainstream jazz, as well as classical music, and now even blues and roots music.
2. To continue to find new sources of revenue to sustain current level of service to community and to increase community service, as state and federal funding continues to decrease.
3. Increase our public service by utilizing all of latest technology including digital broadcasting, including additional channels, and online streaming. WMOT received more private funding than ever during 2009 fiscal year. WMOT received its first ever major gift through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in 2009. This year WMOT will participate in planning and promotion and hosting for at least 2 jazz festivals in the Middle Tennessee area and will provide on air promotion for many more. The station will continue to air public service announcements for area non profit organizations , and will continue to allow community organizations to post their events on our website events calendar free of charge.
WMOT’s most pressing need is recurring operational funds. Operational funds include purchase of programming, and costs of servicing listeners and businesses. Specifically, 89.5 Middle Tennessee Public radio needs $150,000(one hundred fifty thousand)recurring operating funds to help offset severe budget cuts by state of Tennessee and MTSU. WMOT needs capitol funds, $7,000 for radio equipment to allow for broadcasting two additional channels of programming for the community. WMOT also needs $30,000 for marketing campaign.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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