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