WMMT: Making connections through its Calls From Home program for prisoners and their loved ones.
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Kentucky Radio Program Connects Inmates with Messages from Home

A Kentucky radio station located in Whitesburg has taken it upon itself to connect prison inmates and their families together via a dedicated radio program called Calls From Home.

Calls From Home is a WMMT radio program that records messages from prison loved ones and plays them on air for Kentucky inmates.
Calls From Home is a WMMT radio program that records messages from prison loved ones and plays them on air for Kentucky inmates. Image Source: WMMT

Families Call Radio Station to Send Messages to Prisoners

The WMMT-FM radio station runs Calls From Home every Monday evening between 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. During the radio program, families of incarcerated people call in to show love to inmates and update them with family news.

There are thousands of inmates in 11 prisons and jails within WMMT’s broadcast range in central Appalachia.

It is hoped that prison inmates would be able to pick up the goodwill messages from home. Although, in reality, many inmates never get to hear these greetings over Kentucky’s radio airwaves.

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Some Kentucky inmates may not even be aware of WMMT-FM radio’s Calls From Home program. But for a few who do and are able to hear it every Monday evening, it will provide a comic relief from the dreary prison life.

Inmates will be glad their loved ones have not forgotten them behind bars. And they will nurse revived hopes of being free one day.

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WMMT: Making connections through its Calls From Home program for prisoners and their loved ones.
WMMT: Making connections through its Calls From Home program for prisoners and their loved ones. Image Source: WMMT

Many of the prisoners in federal and state prisons as well as detention centers in central Appalachia are not locals. They were brought to serve out their sentences in the region from far-away places such as New York, Virginia and Chicago among others.

So the Calls From Home radio program serves to connect families and inmates where paying for long-distance prison calls would be unaffordable.

Volunteer Radio Workers Play Hip Hop Music & Play Recorded Phone Calls to Prisoners

Elizabeth Sanders, WMMT general manager said:

“It’s our responsibility in terms of communication to do what we can.

The folks who are locked up here are also a part of our community. They’re the least visible parts of our community, for sure, but they are here, and I see that as part of our responsibly as a radio station.”

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 A couple of hours before the prison loved ones phone-in session, volunteer DJs play Hip Hop music between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. while repeatedly giving out the station’s toll-free numbers.

The show is entitled Hip Hop from the Hilltop. Volunteer phone operators then begin to take phone calls from people all over for two hours.

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These phone calls are recorded and then played back one by one between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The goal is to reach as many Kentucky prisoners with the messages from home as possible.

Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.

Charles Omedo
Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.
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