About Us




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.  WMOT one of the early member stations of NPR

1970    WMOT no longer under Speech & Theatre Department.  Moved to University Relations

1971    Increased from 780 watts to 50,000 watts on a new 300 foot tower. 


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.  Serves in position for 29 years.


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 becomes host radio station for Murfreesboro Mainstreet Jazz Fest.  One of the most popular annual events in the area. 


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


2002    WMOT is co-founder of the Cookeville, TN Jazz Festival

2004     Long time WMOT Development Coordinator Laura Dunn passes away unexpectedly.


2007   WMOT Station Manager and Director of Broadcasting John High retires after nearly 30 years in the position


2008    WMOT Operations Director John Egly becomes Station Manager


2009     WMOT Chief Engineer Gary Brown is appointed interim Station Manager

             MTSU president includes WMOT in a list of university departments in jeopardy of being eliminated due to severe state of Tennessee budget cuts.               


2010    Randy O’Brien WMOT Director of News and Public Affairs for 30 years retires.

            Longtime station manager of WUFT-FM at University of Florida Henri Pensis is named WMOT  Station Manager


2011     WMOT adds classical music to the program lineup for the first time since the 1970’s.


           The station is now positioned to play an even greater role in the community ion as the hub of the new Center for Innovation in Media  in the college of Mass Communication at MTSU.


            WMOT has received more than 70 awards from (TAPBA) Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association since 1984 with over half of them being 1stPlace in several categories.           


WMOT is a non-profit, non-commercial public radio service of Middle Tennessee State University.  The station is nationally recognized, professionally staffed, and is a founding  member of National Public Radio.


WMOT is clearly tasked with both public service and academic support responsibilities, as mandated by its University-provided Mission Statement. Selected University students are hired as part-time talent.  Students also earn practicum credit, and some are scholarship students.



Middle Tennessee State University is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate non-commercial FM radio stations:

  • 89.5 Megahertz: WMOT-FM, 100,000 watts effective radiated power (ERP), antenna at 205 meters height above average terrain (HAAT), 384 meters height above mean sea level (HAMSL). FCC File Number BLED-961105KA. Facility ID 41997.

  • 92.5 Megahertz: Translator W223BE, 10 watts effective radiated power (ERP), antenna at 641 meters height above mean sea level (HAMSL). FCC File Number BLFT-20070726AAQ. Facility ID 147653.

WMOT operates with a power of 100,000 watts, Class C1, the maximum power allowed by the FCC. The directional 5 bay antenna was manufactured and installed by Electronics Research Inc. The analog transmitter is a Broadcast Electronics FM-35B. The digital transmitter is a Harris HD-12. The tower is located near Gladeville, Tennessee in Wilson County.

  • The exact location is North Latitude: 36-05-07, West Longitude: 86-26-22. The tower is near the intersection of Couchville Pike and Exit 67 of Interstate 840.
  • View our coverage map.
    • The primary and secondary coverage areas are outlined on a county map of middle Tennessee. If you are outside the 1 millivolt contour, the addition of an outside antenna may be necessary for reliable reception.