Calls from Home/Hip Hop from the Hilltop first began on WMMT more than 15 years ago. Hosted by a rotating cast of community volunteers, Hip Hop from the Hilltop features the best of old school, new school, underground and southern hip hop each Monday night from 7-9 pm.
Calls From Home (CFH) broadcast messages from loved ones of those incarcerated in our region’s prison system. Our CFH message and shoutout line opens during Hip Hop from the Hilltop Monday nights from 7-9 pm. We air your calls that same night starting at 9pm.
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 WMMT at [email protected], or call WMMT at 606-633-0108.
- Fox56 Lexington, KY – Radio show shares “Calls From Home’ with prisoners (May 2018)
- Christian Science Monitor – ‘Calls From Home’: How one Kentucky radio station connects inmates and families (February 2018)
- The Guardian – Calls From Home: the radio show that connects inmates and their loved ones (March 2016)
- 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.