WMMT is grieving with the loss of a dear friend. “Big” Willard Hall was a legendary figure on the radio, spending over 25 years as the volunteer host of the Scuttlehole Gap Get-Together bluegrass program on WMMT. Every week, across Appalachia and around the world (since the internet stream began), Willard’s warm personality shone bright and clear over the radio through his voice–you could listen to Willard for half an hour on a Tuesday morning and feel like you’d known him your whole life.
Willard also spent countless hours going above-and-beyond for WMMT, including his work as the longtime host and emcee of the Bluegrass Express Live! on-air bluegrass concert programs. His passion for bluegrass music was second-to-none, and he was a fixture in the mountain bluegrass scene.
But more than anything he did for WMMT, Willard was–and will always be–a part of this radio station. He’s sewn into the fabric of this place. And he was a treasured friend to all of us. No matter who you were, whether Willard even knew you or not, you’d get a wave and a smile. It’s almost impossible to imagine this station without him, and we miss him dearly. Please keep the whole Hall family in your hearts and prayers.