The WBHM 90.3 FM is an American internet radio service airing a News Talk Information programming at daytime and classical music during the night hours. Birmingham, Alabama is its city of license; however, it broadcasts in the metro area of Birmingham where its studios are located too. Owned by the University of Alabama, WBHM carries its programming as an affiliate from National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International.
About WBHM FM 90.3:
Branded as WBHM, the station’s slogan is “Your NPR Station. Public Radio for the Heart of Alabama”.
For visually challenged and blind inhabitants of the locality, it broadcasts the Alabama Radio Reading Service which airs readings from well-known magazines and the Birmingham News on a sub-carrier frequency. WBHM is a full-service Class C station with facility ID 4240 operating unlimited hours at 32,000 watts. The channel’s listening range is from 20 miles in local to 60 miles in remote areas.
First signed in on December 5, 1976, it emerged as Birmingham’s first all-day classical service since the termination of a profitable FM station, WSFM, which ushered the current WDJC-FM.
For classical music shows, it does not have local DJs anymore since it has been completely relying on the Classical Public Radio Network (a combine production of Colorado Public Radio and KUSC-FM) for all-day programming since the 2000s.
WBHM changed format from classical music to all-news/discussion programming during the daytime with carrying PRI and NPR programming after CPRN closed down business in 2008. On listeners’ demand, many other earlier classical-formatted affiliates of NPR had made this shift.
WBHM starts airing Classical music after 10:00 PM on weekdays and after 12:00 AM on Weekends. The stations play jazz in the evenings from Monday to Saturday whereas, on Sunday nights, it airs Hearts of Space and Echoes, two ambient music shows running for a long time on WBHM.
Hosted by Greg Bass, Tapestry is a half an hour weekly show which not only highlights different facets of indigenous musical and artistic scenario but also covers interviews of artists from Birmingham. The station decreased the frequency of the show from weekly to once a month 60-minute program from 2009 to 2013. Arts oriented segments have become a part of regular feature shows and news; nonetheless, WBHM has stopped airing Tapestry, and its archived programs are still accessible on the station’s web.
All Things Considered is the most tuned-in to, afternoon closing time, news radio show. Hosted by Kelly McEvers, Audie Cornish, Robert Siegel, and Ari Shapiro, the 120-minute show goes on air from 3:00- 5:00 PM on weekdays and 4:00-5:00 PM on weekends.
Hosted by a global team of top-notch commentators, reporters, and analysts, Morning Edition is a popular news program with over 13 million listeners worldwide airing just at the break of the day.
Address: Public Radio, WBHM 90.3 FM, 650 11street South, Birmingham AL 35233
Official Website: https://wbhm.org/