WBHM 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.
“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 bring these new shows to North Central Alabama 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 the 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.
The programming changes come as a result of feedback the station received from North Central Alabama listeners during WBHM’s 2012 Radio Clinic, a two-month sampling of a variety of programs featuring music, debate, talk and entertainment. During that time, the station actively solicited opinions about the temporary programming from its listeners through social media, its Radio Clinic Blog and a survey.
You listened. You spoke up. We heard. And we sincerely hope that you will continue listening, enjoying, and speaking out!