NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst)  -- "This is weird," said songwriter Jason Isbell with a touch of irony as he joined his former band mates Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for an acoustic performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon. “I like weird,” Isbell added.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Nashville Symphony and Chorus will make history this week when they create the first-ever recording of the 9-11 inspired Requiem.

Symphony Chorus Director Tucker Biddlecombe says the piece was written by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer John Harbison following one of the worst days in the nation’s history.

“It was written shortly after the attacks on 9-11 and in response to that pretty horrible day. It’s not a programmatic piece. Instead it’s just sort of an emotional response to that time.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jewly Hight/NPR)  --  Nashville has no shortage of country acts gunning for their breakthrough hits, and Charlie Worsham is one of them. But the singer, songwriter and guitarist is hardly your typical country hopeful. The few who heard the album he released four years ago understand that he's the sort of artist who can do it all. As he returns with his second album, 

Beginning Of Things, he's got everybody in the know in Nashville rooting for him.


20 week abortion bill now on Gov. Haslam's desk

May 3, 2017
State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A bill that would place restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.

The bill passed the Tennessee House this morning by a vote of 68 to 18. The bill requires that after the 20th week of gestation a physician must conduct examinations to determine if the fetus is viable.

If the fetus is viable, then an abortion can’t be performed. Any practitioner performing an abortion in that case would be subject to criminal prosecution.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case want Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in state law.

Tennessee Equality Project says Jim Obergefell and Thom Kostura will speak Wednesday at Tennessee's Capitol.

LGBT advocates fear could the legislation could spur discrimination against same-sex couples and transgender people.

Latest Tenn. guns bill: 'fiscally and operationally impossible'

May 3, 2017

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A gun rights push in Tennessee would give cities and counties an ultimatum: buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check bags at many public buildings, parks and buses; or let people with handgun permits bring in their guns.

The proposal is drawing support from many Republican lawmakers and the NRA, which said it would hold local governments responsible for keeping citizens safe.

Middle Tennessee is looking for some Payback!

May 3, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The fourth annual Big Payback is underway.

The charity event is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and encourages donations to mid-state non-profits. This year 775 charities in 40 counties are participating.

According the Foundation, last year more than 11,000 donors made contributions totaling $2.6 million.

By 5 a.m. Wednesday morning nearly $300 thousand had already been contributed.

Browse by The Big Payback donation site to learn more.

Wired In with WMOT's Brittney Spencer

May 2, 2017

Brittney Spencer is the host of WMOT's Sunday morning roots gospel show, "Somebody Say Amen". Brittney is also student at Middle Tennessee State University and an intern for WMOT. 

When you support WMOT, you also support students like Brittney, who are learning radio and the music business from the ground up through internships and part time jobs at WMOT Roots Radio.

This session was recorded at the April Wired In show at Aurora Nashville with Wired In and WMOT afternoon host, Jessie Scott.

Col. Bruce Hampton (1947-2017): An Appreciation

May 2, 2017
Photo by Scarlati.

On the morning before he died, Col. Bruce Hampton sat with radio host Lois Reitzes and spoke about improvising (“it’s like a fast break in basketball”) and his family roots in Atlanta and, most poignantly, of his plans to extend his 53 years of music making into many more. At the interview’s conclusion, Reitzes bids farewell by saying, “After the middle ages comes the renaissance.” And he says, “Let’s hope.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A bill that would make it legal to purchase a gun silencer is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk  for his consideration.

The Tennessee House passed the so-called Hearing Protection Act Monday. The Senate passed the measure earlier in the year.

Before House leadership closed discussion on the bill Nashville Democrat Rep. Mike Stewart spoke in opposition.

“If you’re a police officer and you’re dealing with a sniper, if the sniper is using a silenced weapon, think what a difficult position that puts you in.”

Remembering the May, 2010, Tennessee floods

May 2, 2017
David Fine/FEMA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  This week marks the seventh anniversary of the spring 2010 Tennessee floods.

Twenty-two people died and the storms caused billions in damages.

Harding and Jona Brewster used an old boat stored in their backyard to ferry themselves and dozens of neighbors out of their rapidly flooding Old Hickory neighborhood.

Harding Brewster recalls how some contractors preyed on storm survivors.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Senate on Monday voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks if doctors determine the fetus is viable.

Republican Senator Joey Hensley, a Hohenwald physician, is the bill’s sponsor.

“If the doctor does determine that the infant is viable, then the abortion cannot be performed, except to protect the life of the mother or to prevent serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

Requiem For Charlie Bob's

May 1, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CRAIG HAVIGHURST) At a gentle bend of Dickerson Pike in East Nashville, the downtown skyline seems close enough to touch. In the foreground is a weather beaten and peeling billboard that says: “Charlie Bob’s - Sports Bar and Rest. - Plate Lunches, Hot Wings”

The place itself is a mid-century American diner with a red and white color scheme and a drive-in shelter. The building’s wide windows give off a warm glow on a stormy Spring evening.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill creating a new Tennessee license plate design featuring the phrase "In God We Trust."

The original version of the bill would have required the phrase to be printed on all license plates issued in the state. But after the state attorney general raised constitutional concerns, sponsors agreed to make the make the new design optional.

The new law requires the Department of Revenue to design plates to include the optional "In God We Trust" language once current stocks are exhausted.

United States Senate

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the Republican health care bill?

Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

Murfreesboro sees dramatic uptick in gun violence

May 17, 2017


  --   Murfreesboro Police say the man killed Tuesday night is just one of more than 20 city residents shot, and the second person killed, since the first of the year.

City officials tell WMOT that nearly all the gunshot victims live in the ring of apartment complexes and rental homes that surround Middle Tennessee State University (see the included map) and cater primarily to students.

The most recent shooting resulted in the death of 18-year-old Kendrick Love.

MTSU Jazz Network News

Listen to the MTSU Jazz Network Stream

Oct 20, 2016

Listen to the MTSU Jazz Network 24-hours a day at

MTSU Jazz Network's Weekday Program Schedule

Sep 2, 2016

MTSU Jazz Network plays jazz 24-hours a day on WMOT HD 2 and 92.3 FM Murfreesboro. In the comin weeks 104.9 FM Brentwood will join the Network.


Midnight to 4 a.m. Jazz with Greg Bridges

4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Jazz with Clifford Brown, Jr.

6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Full Moon Hacksaw

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. In Studio with Greg Lee

9 a.m. to Noon Jazz with Lee Thomas

Noon to 4 p.m. Jazz with Greg Bridges

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jazz with Clifford Brown, Jr.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Full Moon Hacksaw

Listen to WMOT Roots Radio on the go with our mobile app

Enjoy original programs from WMOT on your Apple and Android device

Jazz is here to stay. WMOT HD 2 and 92.3 FM Murfreesboro are now playing the MTSU Jazz Network 24-hours a day. In the coming weeks 104.9 FM Brentwood will join the network.

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