WBHM 90.3 FM Recognized by Alabama Broadcasters Association as Station of the Year – News
WBHM received the award for Best Regular Major Market Newscast and Mary Scott Hodgin was named ABA Major Market Reporter. This is the second year in a row that the station and Hodgin have won all three awards.
WBHM 90.3 FMwas named Radio Station of the Year by the Alabama Broadcasters Association at its annual ABBY Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 27. WBHM also received the award for Best Regular Major Market Newscast and Mary Scott Hodgin was named ABA Major Market Reporter.
This is the second year in a row that the station and Hodgin have won all three awards.
WBHM editor Andrew Yeager said it was a pleasant surprise to win Radio Station of the Year for the first time.
“I’m thrilled to see the station win two years in a row,” Yeager said. “While factual journalism is at the heart of what we do, every person on the station, whether in the newsroom or not, has contributed to this honor.”
WBHM ended 2021 with a strong record of public service journalism, which is central to its mission. The COVID-19 pandemic continued to dominate the news cycle, and WBHM’s news department followed the story every step of the way, from helping listeners understand the vaccine rollout and listening to the struggles of overworked health professionals down to the way teachers tried to keep their classrooms safe. . The start of the year brought several tornadoes to Alabama, which WBHM reported on locally and for NPR. WBHM marked the 10th anniversary of the April 27 single tornado outbreak that killed 253 people in Alabama by seeing how Tuscaloosa rebuilt and hearing firsthand from those who lived through that day.
The past year has provided opportunities for new and expanded collaborations for WBHM. The Gulf States Newsroom, a multi-state collaboration led by WBHM, added reporters on wealth and poverty, criminal justice, race and equity. The expansion not only brought new stories to listeners, but allowed more local journalists to be heard on NPR programs, including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
“As they have done for every other news agency in our state and across the country, the past two years have presented unprecedented challenges for WBHM in the way they work and operate,” said Will Dahlberg. , interim executive director of WBHM. “Winning Radio Station of the Year for 2020 and 2021 is a testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of everyone in our organization. These awards highlight our team’s focus on serving our audiences. – both traditional and digital – in ever-changing ways with the pandemic.We are grateful to all of our listeners and members who make our vital work possible.
Public radio WBHM 90.3 FM is “NPR News for the Heart of Alabama” and a listener-supported service at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. More than a radio station, WBHM is an essential public resource that enlightens and enriches its audience and builds strong ties to its communities through fair, credible, accurate and honest journalism. Free from commercial and political influence, WBHM seeks to make Birmingham and Alabama a better place to live by educating, engaging and entertaining the people of the Birmingham metropolitan area and the state. WBHM is dedicated to the idea that informed citizenship is essential to democracy and a thriving economy, and celebrates diversity, innovation and lifelong learning.
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