Hot 88.7 - Hip Hop from the Hill Top / Calls From Home


Hot 88.7 Hip Hop from the Hill Top / Calls from Home continues the tradition of the Holler to the Hood hip hop and calls show that first began on WMMT over ten years ago. Hot 88.7 Hip Hop from the Hill Top is one of only two hip hop shows we know of broadcasting from the coalfields of Central Appalachia (and the other, Back in the Day, is also on WMMT!). Hosted in turn by DJ Jewelz, DJ Sly Rye, DJ Izzy Lizzy and DJ Amelia, the show features the best of old school, new school, underground and southern hip hop, every Monday night from 7-9 pm.

Following the hip hop show is WMMT’s Calls from Home. The show broadcasts messages from the friends and family members of those incarcerated in our region’s prison system. 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.
If you would like to leave a message for the show, please call:

TOLL FREE 1-888-396-1208

on Monday Nights between 7-9 pm Eastern Time
We request that all callers try to keep their messages to under 5 minutes. If you have any questions or would like more information about the show, you can write to Sylvia Ryerson at [email protected], or call WMMT at 606-633-0108.


  • WRIR 97.3 FM, Richmond (Va.) Independent Radio, put together an incredible, half-hour long radio piece on the recent hunger strike at Red Onion State Penitentiary in Pound, VA (within our listening area) and Calls from Home, which you can hear right here.
  • The Abolitionist, a publication of Critical Resistance, featured an article on Calls From Home titled, “From the Inside Out: Prisoner Voices and Radio Waves,” which you can see by clicking the link and scrolling down to page 6. Sylvia Ryerson, DJ "Sly Rye," and John "Mac" Gaskins, a community organizer who was formerly incarcerated at Red Onion, both contributed to the article.
  • The San Francisco Bay View ran an article about both the Red Onion hunger strike and Calls From Home.
  • And Truthout also published a story about the Red Onion strike and the Calls From Home program.


Mountain Talk: Restoration of Voting Rights for Former Felons

Mountain Talk 3-28-12

In this edition of Mountain Talk, hosts Kristi Kendell and Elizabeth Sanders talk with substance abuse counselor Jim Recktenwald and callers on House Bill 70, currently before the Kentucky Legislature.  If passed, the bill would allow Kentucky voters to decide in November whether to grant automatic restoration of voting right to most former felons once they have served their sentence.

In most states, if a person is convicted of a crime, after they serve their time their voting rights are automatically restored.  But not in Kentucky. Kentucky is one of the four most difficult states in the nation for a person with a felony conviction to get their voting rights back.  Unless they go through the lengthy process of petitioning to receive an individual executive pardon from the governor, they are barred from voting for life.  Because of this, it is estimated that there are more than 126,000 Kentuckians who have served their sentences, yet are permanently disenfranchised.

For more information on the status of the bill click here.