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.
- WBUR/NPR’s Here And Now newsmagazine program produced a segment on Calls From Home in January of 2014, which included clips from the show and an interview with DJ Sly Rye of WMMT
- WRIR 97.3 FM, Richmond (Va.) Independent Radio, produced half-hour long radio piece on a 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.
WMMT is a non-profit, community-supported radio station that only exists thanks to donations from individuals and foundations. Calls From Home relies on local volunteer DJs and phone operators. A donation of any amount–$15; $50; $100; or $1,000–will help keep this unique program on the air. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support Calls From Home.