WBHM named Station of the Year by Alabama Broadcasters Association

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WBHM 90.3 FM’s awards from the Alabama Broadcasters Association. Photo via WBHM’s Facebook

Congrats are in order for WBHM-FM for winning the Station of the Year Award by the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA).

The announcement happened on Monday, March 29 during the ABA’s annual ABBY Awards Ceremony. This was the first time WBHM has won the award.

“This is a tribute to the really talented people at WBHM who work so hard. Recognition like this comes because people at WBHM put their audience and the community first. They’re not doing their work for the awards, they’re doing it to serve the public and it’s just a reflection of that service, which has been exceptional.” 

Chuck Holmes, former Executive Director and General Manager, WBHM

Who is WBHM-FM?

Alabama’s public radio station. Photo via WBHM’s Facebook

If trending pop songs are your main go to when behind the wheel of your car, you may not be familiar with WBHM. Here’s a look at what the station is all about.

WBHM is “NPR News for the Heart of Alabama”. It was established in 1976 and is a listener-supported service of UAB.

What put WBHM in the winners circle?

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Have you spotted the WBHM satellites in Birmingham? Photo via WBHM’s Facebook

In order to be considered for the ABA Station of the Year award, many factors are included, such as:

  • Programming
  • Promotions
  • Community relations and service
  • Public affairs/public service programming
  • Station awards and recognition.

According to UAB News, the station received top marks in its efforts to:

  • Educate the community on the coronavirus
  • Inform people arriving for COVID-19 testing at UAB testing sites
  • Provide twice-daily COVID-19 newscasts sent out to radio stations statewide for two months 
  • Cover the Black Lives Matter protests in Birmingham

That’s not the only awards WBHM received. Others include:

  • Large Market Regularly Scheduled Newscast: “Regularly Scheduled Newscast: Andrew Yeager”
  • Larger Market Reporter: Mary Scott Hodgin

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