Twice per year, we at WMMT, ask your help in keeping this non-commercial, (extremely) non-profit, listener-supported, volunteer-powered radio station on the air. This is one of those times.
You may be wondering–why donate some of my hard-earned money to WMMT?
It’s a legitimate question. We know there are worthy causes and endeavors around the country and the world, and we can’t claim to be more important than any of them. All we can say is we love this radio station, and that we hope it makes life just a bit better for folks here in the coalfields (and for our online listeners across the country and around the world!).
A pledge of any amount makes a huge difference. And it’s easy! Just click the green donate button to your right or call in a pledge to 888-396-1208. Here is just some of what we do; we hope you will consider donating to help us to keep doing it–
WMMT gives you a bigger variety of music than you can hear anyplace else. In the span of just a few days on WMMT, you can hear:
-traditional/old-time Appalachian music
-rock and roll of all kinds
-folk & Americana music
-specifically local music of all genres
and much, much more!
We also air live music of all kinds–our regular Bluegrass Express Live! series presents the genre’s top performers, right here in the Appalshop theater and on WMMT. Our Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival brings live traditional music to the airwaves each June. And we air a wide range of live performances throughout the year, from bands to songwriters to plays, and back again.
2. LOCAL VOICES, ON THE AIR
Over 50 community volunteers come in every week to host shows of all kinds and types. Unlike most stations, we are not pre-programmed, and we don’t have some office in Connecticut telling us what we need to play. Our DJs play what they want, and many of them are an encyclopaedic wealth of information on music.
And from Catfish Jean to Electric Bill, from Blue Dog to the Blue Warbler, from Deep in Tradition to The Zen Arcade, from Hot 88.7: Hip Hop from the Hilltop to the Rock Show, and everything in between, WMMT’s programmers & shows are every bit as diverse as our mountain communities.
We are proud to be an independent voice for every part of our community, to let our DJs speak for mountain people both across the region and around the world (through our 24-hour online stream).
3. NEWS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS YOU CAN’T FIND ANYPLACE ELSE
Our bi-weekly public affairs show, Mountain News & World Report, covers issues that you have told us matter to you. We are the only public radio station on the ground doing news in the southeast Kentucky coalfields, and we strive to tell the local stories that need to be told, whether other media outlets are covering them or not. We spotlight traditional culture and local artists of all kinds. We work to identify new economic ways forward for our communities in these uncertain economic times, and our Making Connections project spotlights Appalachians who are taking our region’s future into their own hands. We cover issues related to local health, food, water, and our environment, among other issues.
Our weekly Mountain Talk program provides a community forum for a wide range of issues–from art to food (including live cooking! on the radio!), from current events to public forums on new economic opportunities that may be possible for our region.
Our monthly show Mountain Survivors profiles local survivors of cancer in hopes of raising awareness and inspiring our listeners. Our weekly Coal Report gives listeners constant updates of what’s going on in the coal industry, both locally and in terms of the bigger national/international picture we’re a part of.
And that is just some of what you help make possible.
4. PASSING ON OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE
WMMT’s Passing the Pick and Bow program puts banjos, guitars, and fiddles in the hands of dozens of local students through an after-school instruction program that runs at 4 schools across Letcher County each semester. The program is on a sliding scale from low-cost to no-cost for interested students to learn these traditional instruments and styles.
Our old-time music programming found across our broadcast schedule also promotes the unique, world-renowned, and ancient musical culture that exists right here in these mountains.
WMMT also hosts a monthly old-time jam for those looking to hone their skills, or to just hang out and play.
And finally, our annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival provides a showcase for mountain culture (including music, crafts, film, drama, & more) for visitors from across the region and around the country.
When you support WMMT, you don’t just help a radio station pay its bills. You help keep a community alive–a community of independent Appalachian voices who love music, who are proud of where they come from, and who are working to build our region’s future.
Our fund drive runs from October 20-30. You can call in a pledge to your favorite DJ, toll-free, at 888-396-1208, or you can donate online by clicking the green “DONATE” button to your right.
Also, you can get premiums for donating! For a pledge of:
- any amount - an attractive WMMT bumper sticker
- $10 - a new WMMT button, which will be perfect on your jacket/sweater/fishing cap/etc.
- $50 – an attractive WMMT ballcap
- $60 – a copy of the June Appal record Shady Grove, featuring Letcher County’s own National Heritage Award Winner Morgan Sexton
- $75 – a copy of the Appalshop film profiling Morgan Sexton, Banjo Player from Bull Creek
- $88.70 - an incredibly attractive WMMT t-shirt
- $100 – a DVD copy of the Appalshop film The Ralph Stanley Story, along with a commemorative poster
- $100 (pt. ii) - be a guest DJ on your favorite show
- $110 – both the Morgan Sexton CD AND DVD film (that’s a bargain, folks!)
- $200 – a whole day of broadcasting on WMMT dedicated to a person of your choice
Big, little, or in the middle, as we say, help keep WMMT alive. We only ask you to give what you can–to give until it feels good. We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to.