WMOT FM 89.5
MTSU Box 3
1301 East Main St
Murfreesboro TN 37132
Mission Statement

WMOT-FM is an educational and public service communication resource of the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University and serves the region through informational and entertainment programming and outreach activities that foster educational, civic and personal development. 

CEO/Executive Director Val Hoeppner
Board Chair ** Organization has no board chair
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1961
Former Names
Jazz 89
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $507,218.00
Projected Annual Revenue $571,940.00 (2018)

WMOT-FM is an educational and public service communication resource of the College of Media and Entertainment 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 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 that is accessible to anyone with a radio.  WMOT impacts the  arts community by promoting and participating in area jazz festivals and concerts, and promoting events of area arts organizations. WMOT offers unique national  programs, some of which are exclusive in the community. Our full-time news department produces award winning features and local news stories consistently, with a focus on Middle Tennessee issues. 

Recent accomplishments include:
1. New non-commercial broadcast signals 93.9 in Columbia TN, and 92.3 in Cannon County and surrounding counties.
2. Broadcast awards: News staff awarded first place in  at least one category in the Tennessee AP awards.  Several students mentored by WMOT news staff won awards for stories on WMOT.  Awards presented by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.
 3. Last but not least, WMOT's program director and jazz programmer Greg Lee was presented the Nashville Jazz Workshop's Heritage Award, given for his support of the NJW, and the Nashville area jazz community as a whole.
Primary goals for this year include:
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 other unique programming plus news. 

2. To continue to find new sources of revenue to sustain current level of service to community.

3. Increase our public service by utilizing all of latest technology including digital broadcasting, additional channels, and online streaming.  This year 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 needs are:

1. $130,000 in capitol funding for the replacement of our aging main transmitter for 89.5FM to provide service to new areas of the mid-state.
2.  Building current endowment to at least one million dollars with hopes of using annual interest payout for additional staff and expenses.

 3.  Funding for the Laura M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Donations are critically low for this fund.  (see programs)

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You may donate to WMOT anytime by sending a check to the above address, calling the number above, or by visiting our website at www.wmot.org and clicking the donate button.  Thank you for supporting public radio!
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Radio
Secondary Organization Category Education / Higher Education
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cannon
TN - Coffee
TN - Davidson
TN - Dekalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Putnam
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
CEO Statement One of our major projects for this year was to help 89.5 Middle Tennessee Public Radio recover from many state budget cuts by helping educate our many fans to the need for them to become our major source of funding. Becoming "People Powered" rather than depending on legislative bodies is our goal.This means that we'll have to work harder at finding more corporate support for FY 2015/2016. If you are the decision maker for your firm, please consider making a grant to help underwrite the station. This year has seen great strides in our efforts to reach existing members with our off air, mail efforts, too.  We're doing our best to control costs and to inform everyone of the importance of listener funding. When you consider that WMOT has only 5 full-time employees and a handful of student workers, and that many neighboring public radio stations have over a dozen employees in their fundraising departments, it's going to be a ton of overtime to get the word out, but your station staff feels it's important to take on this job! We've already cut the national programming budget until there's nothing left but "bones" -- but we may have to revisit that area soon. Thanks  for keeping jazz, classical and news on the air in Middle Tennessee, and for keeping WMOT “Alive and Well”. 
Traditional, Modern Jazz from 1930's to present. Serving 45,000 Middle Tennessee listeners each week. Including Big Band, Latin Jazz, BeBop, Fusion, swing, soul jazz, blues and more including live concerts, etc.
Large amount of Nashville area based jazz artists.
Budget 75000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served , Adults, Adults
Description Full time local news and features staff focusses on stories that impact Middle Tennesseans. In April and May of 2011 WMOT news produced 47 stories or features on the environment, 11 stories on health, and 47 stories and features on education. The station airs regular weekly commentaries by university professors focused on media and science.
Budget 65000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Broadcasting
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Includes public arts & public newsroom areas, as well as station information and area live jazz, classical, and community listings. Integrated with NPR Music web site.  Also features self post community event listings. Includes online streaming of air programming, Listened to by thousands each week online, from many states in the U.S. and several countries.
Budget 10000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Broadcasting
Population Served Adults, ,
Description An eclectic, exciting and diverse mix of musical programs.  Shows feature jazz, blues, Brazilian, and American Roots music.
Budget 8000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Broadcasting
Population Served Latin America & the Caribbean, , Adults
Market exclusive non-commercial morning news show. "The Takeaway"
PRI's The World
NPR News
Budget 45000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Each academic semester WMOT-89.5FM funds a $1,000 work scholarship to a deserving MTSU student.  The recipient is required to work 5 hours per week at the radio station throughout the course of the semester.
Each recipient will put their skills to use in broadcasting for a professional radio station in a top 50 media market.
The scholarship is named for Laura Dunn, WMOT's chief fundraiser/marketer/promotions person for nearly 20 years.  Her passion for the radio station and the students who worked there was unmatched.
 Our goal is to expand the scholarships from one to two per semester.
Budget 6000
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served Adults, ,
As we go out to community arts organizations to discuss marketing their seasons and programs on WMOT, we often hear a familuar refrain.  "We do not have a marketing budget" or "Our small marketing budget is gone"

WMOT is working with foundations and corporate partners to create the WMOT Community Arts Partnership – a $100,000 matching fund to help arts organizations market their programs and drive ticket sales during the upcoming season.
The Community Arts Partnership will provide budget-relieving, marketing assistance to arts and cultural organizations – driving patrons to their venues during a challenging time
Budget $100,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Board Chair
Board Chair ** Organization has no board chair
Term Jan 2008 to Jan 2020
Board Members
* Organization has no board Voting
** Organization has no board chair Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 0%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 0
Standing Committees
CEO Comments WMOT does not have a board of directors or officers.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Val Hoeppner
Term Start Jan 2016
Email val.hoeppner@mtsu.edu
Former CEOs
Mr John High Aug 1979 - June 2007
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
National Public Radio1969
Tennessee Association of Broadcasters1980
National Association of Broadcasters1980
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce2000
Public Radio International2000
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools2006
Public Service AwardCrime Stoppers2005
Best overall Sports CoverageTennessee Association of Broadcasters2005
Best Radio NewsCast Honorable MentionTennessee Assocaation of Broadcasters2007
Best Public Affairs, Hon MentionTAB2006
Senior Staff
Title Chief Engineer
Title Program Director
Title Coordinator
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $571,940.00
Projected Expenses $507,218.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201020092008
Program Expense$0$0$0
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.271.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201020092008
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201020092008
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201020092008
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201020092008
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
WMOT FY 20172017
wmot fm 89.5 2008 budget2008
wmot fm 89.5 2007 budget2007
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
WMOT does not file a 990 with the IRS, and has not conducted an audit since 2007, as the organization operates under the umbrella of the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation, and is included in the MTSU Foundation 990 (which can be viewed on that GivingMatters.com profile).
Figures (after 2007) provided by nonprofit. Previous financial figures taken from audit, provided by Brenda Burkhart CPA.
Comments provided by Laurel Fisher 4/4/14.
Nonprofit WMOT FM 89.5
Address MTSU Box 3
1301 East Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Primary Phone (615) 898-2800
Contact Email katie.morris@mtsu.edu
CEO/Executive Director Val Hoeppner
Board Chair ** Organization has no board chair
Year of Incorporation 1961
Former Names
Jazz 89