Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM Announces New Programs to Begin Saturday, Feb. 2, as a Result of "Radio Clinic" Feedback
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – As a result of listener feedback gathered during last summer’s successful “Radio Clinic,” Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM will add new programs to its regular schedule beginning Feb. 2. The TED Radio Hour will air on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and be rebroadcast at 6 p.m. on Sundays. Beginning Feb. 4, World Café will be broadcast weeknights at 7 p.m. followed by Jazz at 9 p.m. The station’s full, regular program schedule can be found online at www.wbhm.org/programs.
During WBHM’s 2012 Radio Clinic, listeners throughout North Central Alabama had the chance to sample of a variety of programs featuring music, debate, talk and entertainment. During that June and July 2012 time period, the station actively solicited opinions about the temporary programming from its listeners through social media and a survey.
“In the past year, we encouraged our listeners to ‘listen, and be heard,’ and we will continue this mantra throughout 2013,” said General Manager Scott Hanley. “WBHM is excited to offer these new shows based on options that were most liked by respondents that were also feasible in terms of availability, schedule and budget.”
The TED Radio Hour explores the ideas underlying current events with the world's most fascinating thinkers – convention-breaking mavericks, icons, and geniuses – who give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more. Through this exciting co-production between TED and NPR, each episode will focus around a theme (such as "Happiness") and TEDTalks that put ideas about the theme through their paces.
World Cafe, hosted by David Dye, is a daily two-hour radio magazine that showcases contemporary music including blues, rock, world, folk and alternative country from both new and established artists. Jazz will showcase classic recordings by many of the legends of American music and new music by emerging artists from all over the world, presented by hosts who know the music and the artists.
In another move driven by community feedback, WBHM also plans to begin offering special listening opportunities on an ongoing basis, starting with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), which will air at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 through Feb. 1. IQ2US is a series of one-hour debate specials produced by the Intelligence Squared U.S. Foundation and hosted by ABC's John Donvan.
The Radio Clinic and ongoing “Issues & Ales” events are all part of the continuing public outreach efforts of WBHM, a listener-supported service of UAB. Hanley said listeners are encouraged to continue to provide feedback on all station activities and programs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is “Your NPR News Station” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM programming and award-winning regional journalism also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College. Listen and give online at WBHM.org and follow the station at WBHM903 on Twitter and Facebook.%doc>