WBHM is bringing the satirical political humor of The Capitol Steps to UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. in support of the station’s recently announced $250,000 capital campaign for equipment upgrades.
“Capitol for Capital!” is a special election-year presentation of the comedy performance troupe, a public media audience favorite that “put the mock in democracy” and is known for skewering both sides of the political aisle with its unique take on current events. Birmingham is the only Alabama city on the Steps’ tour this year. Special guest emcee will be Birmingham Business Alliance Senior Vice President Dave Rickey, 2012 secretary of the national Public Relations Society of America. Tickets for the performance are $35 plus a $4 handling fee and are available through the ASC Box Office at 1-877-ART-TIKS or online at the Alys Stephens Center website.
Gifts to the capital campaign can be made online at our pledge page.
“Early leadership givers to WBHM’s drive to raise funds for broadcast hardware and software are UAB, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the Alabama Power Foundation,” said WBHM interim General Manager Kristi Lamont Ellis. “We are very appreciative of their support. And now we’re asking the community to join them – and enjoy a great evening of political humor at the same time."
Ellis said funds raised from the overall drive and the Steps’ March 23 performance are being and will be used for immediate needs and to keep up with advances in technology. “A good way to think of it is that proceeds from ‘Capitol for Capital!’ will help us continue to deliver award-winning regional news and analysis and public media programming on the air and online with the most reliable and best possible quality signal,” she said.
“The equipment also is important for the Alabama Radio Reading Service for the blind and print-impaired.”
Sponsorship opportunities for the performance are still available; to learn more, contact WBHM Development Director Mary Hendley at 205-934-2278.
The Capitol Steps began some 30 years ago as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The comedy performance troupe is still going strong today, skewering both sides of the political aisle with their unique take on current events, and for the past 20 years has produced regular specials for public radio and television. Check out the Steps online.
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 online at WBHM.org and follow the station at WBHM903 on Twitter Twitter and Facebook.