In addition to offering programming across most any musical genre you could think of and producing top-notch local news coverage, WMMT also provides content for those who may not have ended up in our community by their own choice. In recent years, central Appalachia has seen a boom in prison construction, and many of those who have subsequently incarcerated in our region’s growing prison system come from places far, far away from the coalfields. Due to this distance and the often-prohibitive cost of phone calls in prison, many have no contact with their friends and family, being far outside of a travel range that many loved ones can afford. In response, WMMT began the Holler to the Hood project ten years ago in an effort to connect those in prison to their families, friends, and the outside world.
Ten years on, Hot 88.7 – Hip Hop from the Hilltop & Calls From Home still airs each and every Monday night. Hot 88.7, the only hip-hop show we know of broadcasting from the coalfields of Central Appalachia, hits the airwaves from 7-9 p.m. Hosted in turn by DJs Jewelz, Sly Rye, Izzy Lizzy and Amelia, the show features the best of old school, new school, underground and southern hip hop, offering a slice of home to many of those inside.
Following the hip hop show is WMMT’s Calls from Home, a program which broadcasts recorded messages from the friends and family members of those incarcerated locally. We record calls for the show every Monday night between 7-9 pm, and then broadcast the messages that same night from 9-10 pm.
WMMT’s local radio signal reaches: United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in Inez, KY; Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright, KY; Wallens Ridge State Prison in Wise County, VA; Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, VA; Keen Mountain Correctional Center in Oakwood, VA; United States Penitentiary Lee in Lee County, VA; Wise Correctional Unit in Coeburn, VA, and many regional jails and detention centers.
When you support Mountain Community Radio, you support radio programming for each and every part of our mountain community. You support family, hope, resilience, and a lifeline to folks trying to get their lives back on track, and we couldn’t be more thankful. As of lunchtime Monday, we are at $17,000 in pledges, more than halfway to our goal of $30,000 for the Fall Fund Drive (and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so very much to all of you who have contributed thus far!). But we still need your help to meet our goal! If you haven’t done so already, you can support WMMT online (and securely!) or toll-free at 888-396-1208. Big, little, or in the middle, as we say, we appreciate your support so deeply–even 5 or 10 bucks goes a long, long way. Thank you all so very, very much!