Bel-Aire Drive - Episode 11.17

Nov 21, 2017

This week's Bel-Aire Drive has everything from the seldom recorded/somewhat obscure singers (Alice Clark, Andrew "B.B., Jr." Odom) to monster chart topping tunes from James Brown & Sly Stone, to a huge # 1 single by the previously unknown (William DeVaughn)! There's a lot of ground to cover this Friday 8 to 10pm on BAD with Greg Lee. Join us for the ride!

Somebody Say Amen - Episode 11.19

Nov 21, 2017

Gospel with WMOT host Brittney Spencer

Every Sunday morning from 9 - 11!

Lost Sounds - Episode 46

Nov 21, 2017

This week's episode (11.19) of Lost Sounds dives into the archive to find great examples of "Pre-Covers," the original versions of songs that became much more famous as covers by later artists. Ever heard the original recordings of "Time is On My Side," "Dazed and Confused," or "The First Cut is the Deepest"? Tune in to Lost Sounds this week for all these and more delightful surprises.

The List - Episode 11.17

Nov 21, 2017

This week on The List, the touring, guitar-slinging host of the List, Webb Wilder, counts down the highest charting albums in Americana. It's two hours of chart topping music from up-and-coming artists and well-seasoned groups, alike! Tune in Fridays from 2-4pm or Saturday morning from 7-9am. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has removed data from its website about the amount of low-level radioactive waste going into landfills.

The Tennessean reports the information had been open to the public for years before the department said it is confidential.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  AARP Tennessee says it hopes Tennessee’s Congressional delegation is listening.

The senior’s advocacy group says it’s expressed deep disappointment to legislators over several provisions of the tax overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House.

AARP does not favor, for example, the elimination of a tax deduction for medical expenses. Spokesperson Shelley Courington says AARP also opposes an effort to cripple Obamacare by eliminating the individual mandate.

Between 1963 and 1966, country music enjoyed one of its earliest and most prominent showcases on national television from a studio in the heart of Manhattan. The Jimmy Dean Show, a prime-time, hour-long series launched on Sept. 19, 1963. It was an ambitious Broadway style production, says series co-producer Steve Boyle.

“These were shot at West 77th Street in New York City in ABC Studio One, which is about two blocks from Julliard and three or four blocks from Lincoln Center. It must have seemed like a UFO landing in the middle of Manhattan.”

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Middle Tennessee State University is the new home for the 900 member Oral History Association.

Oral history collection is enjoying something of a renaissance, thanks in large part to the Association’s work. A good case in point: The popularity of StoryCorp histories as aired each week on National Public Radio.

OHA Co-Executive Director Dr. Kristine McCusker says it isn’t just academics who are making use of the Association’s resources.

Shop smart on Black Friday and Cyber-Monday

Nov 20, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you have big holiday shopping plans for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs is offering some shop-smart tips.

While it may go against the grain, Consumer Affairs recommends you not remove price tags. Black out the price, but leave the barcode and other information visible.

The state’s Claire Marsalis also suggests you make sure you have a handle on the return policy for each item you buy.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country music star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.

A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

Grubbs said Tillis battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.


It’s a soundscape unique in and to Nashville: the cascading fountain in the atrium of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, mingled with the floating country jazz guitar of David Andersen. He’s played here six days a week for a good while. Five thousand days, as of this week. He started more than 16 years ago.

“May 1, 2001. That’s right when they opened the building,” he said on Wednesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  An official with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network says the group’s experience with teens in crisis matches a new study showing a strong link between depression and suicide.

A research, reported this month in the journal Clinical Psychology Science, says teens who use electronic devices and social media five hours or more a day are 70 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts, or act on those impulses.

Lost Sounds - Episode 45

Nov 16, 2017

This week (11.12) on Lost Sounds our dive into the archive comes up with a salute to groundbreaking record producers of the 1960s. Enjoy some of the brilliant creative work of studio masterminds like Brian Wilson, Gamble and Huff, Billy Sherrill, Sonia Pottinger, Norman Whitfield, Phil Spector, and Herb Alpert.

The List - Episode 11.10

Nov 16, 2017

This week on the List, the touring, guitar-slinging host of the List, Webb Wilder, counts down the highest charting albums in Americana. It's two hours of chart topping music from up-and-coming artists and well-seasoned groups, alike! Tune in Fridays from 2-4pm or Saturday morning from 7-9am. 

Bel-Aire Drive - Episode 11.10

Nov 16, 2017

Along with some great live R&B tracks, 70's Soul and Funk we're gonna be listening to songs from first-time albums including George Clinton's Parliament debut and Roberta Flack's 1969 "First Take" LP on this week’s installment of Bel-Aire Drive – Friday night, 8 to 10!

Somebody Say Amen - Episode 11.12

Nov 16, 2017


Gospel with WMOT host Brittney Spencer

Every Sunday morning from 9 - 11!

The String with Craig Havighurst - Episode 11.05

Nov 16, 2017

This week on The String, the unlikely collaboration of Muscle Shoals and Nashville studio master Norbert Putnam and Welch country punk pioneer and celebrated painter Jon Langford. In a four way conversation with guest co-host Gina Frary Bacon, the topics include Langford's new album Four Lost Souls, the allure and legacy of Muscle Shoals and the ethos of the Nashville Cats.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  An Ohio based non-profit believes conversation is the key to bridging the current political divide here in Tennessee and across the country.

The group Better Angels began hosting facilitated, small-group discussions between Democrats and Republicans weeks after the 2016 election. They’ve since arranged hundreds of group meetings nationwide.

Better Angels spokesman David Lapp says the workshops aren’t designed to change the political views of those who participate, but to change how Reds and Blues see each other.


WASHINGTON, DC  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Congressional Rep. Steve Cohen is leading a group of half-a-dozen Democrats in filing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

As he introduced the articles Wednesday in Washington, Cohen acknowledged he has little chance of advancing the articles in a Republican controlled assembly.

Saying that he feared for the nation’s security and the constitution, Cohen offered up five articles of impeachment.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The gun portion of Tennessee’s deer hunting season begins Saturday, Nov. 18.

Bow and muzzle loader hunting have been underway the last couple of weeks and the state says the harvest so far has been light with just over 30,000 deer taken. Wildlife officials attribute that to unseasonably warm weather.

Barry Cross with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is stressing safety. He says most deer season injuries involve tree stand accidents.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A government witness has testified that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam "loved it" when the sales team ripped off customers at the trucking company controlled by his family.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee’s small business owners are breathing a little easier after Republicans lowered the tax rates for most small businesses as part of their tax overhaul proposal.

The changes came late last week as the House and Senate marked up the legislation in committee. In some cases, a small business could pay as little as nine percent on earnings. 

Jim Brown is State Director for National Federation of Independent Business representing some 6500 business owners in Tennessee.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (AP/WMOT)  --  The FBI says hate crimes jumped by five percent across the country last year, with bias incidents involving race or ethnicity showing the largest increase.

The agency says there were some 6,100 hate crimes reported nationwide in 2016 with 275 of those incidents occurring here in Tennessee.

Authorities warn the actual number of hate crimes is likely much higher. The results rely on voluntary reporting by local police agencies.

Americana En Francais from Brace and Hoffman

Nov 14, 2017


Songwriter Eric Brace, founder of the band Last Train Home and Nashville’s Red Beet Records, has a pedigree of pure Americana. But if you scour his catalog deeply, you’ll see that he very much enjoys singing songs from France.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s disappointed the state’s public universities have largely rejected his efforts to outsource campus maintenance.

Haslam made the comment this past week during a meeting of the University Of Tennessee Board Of Trustees, which he chairs.  Most schools in the UT system announced during the session that they would keep facilities management in-house.