WUOT’s Melony Maness to Host Station’s Morning Classical Music Program

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KNOXVILLE — Melony Maness has been named “Morning Concert” host/producer at the University of Tennessee’s public radio station WUOT 91.9 FM.

Maness has served as the station’s weekend host since August 2008. In her new role, she replaces Daniel Berry, who retired Sept. 1 after 27 years of hosting the classical morning program.

Maness joined WUOT in 2007 as a student announcer, serving as the station’s board operator for the Saturday afternoon and evening shifts. In addition to her role as weekend host since 2008, she produced the popular “Top 60 for 60,” a countdown program featuring classical music favorites submitted by listeners as part of the station’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

“I know Melony will do an excellent job given her previous work experience here and her strong musical background,” WUOT Program/Operations Director Greg Hill said. “She is knowledgeable and creative, and listeners already know and like her.”

In addition to her role at WUOT, Maness is a professional music coach/accompanist. She works with the UT Opera Theatre and the Clarence Brown Theatre, works with students in the university’s music program and serves as the pianist for Faith United Methodist Church. She also has been the music director for a number of area theatrical performances. She formerly taught piano at Walters State Community College.

Maness plays piano as well as organ, harpsichord and violin. Her recordings include “Living Earth” (Albany Records), “Flow” and “Sacred Wind Calling” (Christian Nielsen MT Productions), and “Classical Magic: Themes to Remember” (Classical Magic Inc.).

Maness earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano from UT Knoxville in 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.

Originally from North Carolina, Maness lives in Heiskell with her husband, Jonathan.

Listener-supported WUOT 91.9 FM is licensed to UT. WUOT is a member of NPR and a Public Radio International affiliate. The station’s primary format is classical and jazz music, news and public affairs. WUOT serves listeners throughout East Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and streams on the Web at wuot.org. WUOT’s second audio channel, WUOT-2, is available on HD Radio™, Internet radio and on the Web.

CONTACT:

Greg Hill, WUOT (865-974-5375, ghill5@utk.edu)

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