The heart of WBHM is beating stronger these days, thanks to the completion this summer of a new automation system, the first phase of a major upgrade in technology and infrastructure. The latest hardware and software make it possible to keep the signal strong 24/7, while saving the cost of non-emergency overnight staffing. More of the always limited resources can now go toward programming.
The Community Foundation was part of early leadership with a grant toward this capital investment for the voice of public radio, so we’re glad to see that the first part of the changeover has been completed successfully.
We also look forward to welcoming Scott Handley as the new General Manager later this month. A former member of the NPR Board of Directors, Handley was co-founder of JazzWorks LLC and previous director of WDUQ-FM at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kristi Lamont Ellis, who has been serving as interim GM, will return to her regular assignment as UAB assistant vice president of public relations and marketing and chair of the Friends of WBHM community advisory board.
We will all stay tuned – literally – to what comes next from 90.3.