WBHM (FM 90.3) is a public radio station licensed to UAB and Birmingham's NPR affiliate. The station primarily broadcasts news and entertainment programming from National Public Radio and Public Radio International, with classical music from American Public Media's "Classical C24" in the evenings.
WBHM supplements its syndicated news programming with locally-produced reports from Steve Chiotakis (local host for "Morning Edition"), Andrew Yeager (local host for "All Things Considered") and News Director Tanya Ott.
On a sub-carrier channel, WBHM operates the Alabama Radio Reading Service, which broadcasts readings from the Birmingham News and popular magazines for blind and visually-impaired residents of the Birmingham area through a grant from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Gadsden's WSGN-FM operated primarily as a re-broadcaster of WBHM's signal.
In June 2004, WBHM made significant changes to its programming, dropping 7 hours per week of classical music programs, including the live Saturday afternoon broadcast of the New York Metropolitan Opera. The airtime was filled with syndicated news, information and quiz-show programs.
In September, 2006, ratings and listenership data from Arbitron and Audience Research Analysis were reviewed and a decision was made to increase classical music programming from 100 to 108.5 hours per week by dropping some of the less-popular information and quiz shows, as well as a Celtic music show.
On March 31, 2008 classical music programming was reduced from 108.5 to 78.5 hours as the station's music source, the Los Angeles-based Classical Public Radio Network, ceased operations. The shift marked the first time that less than half of the weekly schedule was left to classical music programs. There are plans to add a full-time music option when the station moves to a high-definition digital broadcast in 2010.
- Steve Chiotakis (1996-October 3, 2008)
- Michael Krall
- John Lemley, (mid-1990s)
- Les Myars (early music director)
- Tonya Ott (news director)
- Rosemary Pennington
- Andrew Yeager
- Huebner, Michael (September 8, 2006) "WBHM to add classical music, drop some shows". Birmingham News
- Huebner, Michael (March 28, 2008) "WBHM radio station reduces airing of classical music." Birmingham News