It's not exactly a secret that journalism is having a moment. And it's not the best moment in our history. Birmingham, like everywhere else, is trying to figure it out.
I'm of the mindset that good will come out of this time of great transition, and that journalism will survive.
In the meantime, as we sort out where we are heading, it's vital to support people who continue to deliver great content. Which is why I'm going on air on WBHM 90.3 at 4 p.m., next Tuesday, October 16, to ask for our community's support in keeping our public radio tradition alive.
You know the deal: content costs, and they bring an amazing array. Among my favorites: listening to the masterful interviews of Diane Rehm and Terry Gross, who, thanks to listener contributions, bring us hour-long interviews with authors and scientists and newsmakers. Hour-long -- that's major in a time where we're struggling to keep people's attention on a page for more than a few seconds. We listen because it's dense, intriguing conversation.
Wherever I travel, tuning into public radio is a must (in fact I'm writing this from Tampa, where I loved listening to WMNF 88.5 -- my first public radio listen). When I moved to Birmingham, 90.3 was one of my first sources of information to find out what was happening in this town I'd call home. And now, when I tuned in each morning and afternoon, I hear the voices of the Birmingham I've come to love. The voices now are of my friends and people working to move the Magic City forward. (Including the ever-awesome Tanya Ott, whose voice is often the first I hear in the morning. How that woman gets up so early! Props to you, Tanya.)
WBHM tells many stories that otherwise wouldn't be told. Last year they brought StoryCorps here, capturing hundreds of personal stories that otherwise may have never been captured. I got to interview my Dad (which I wrote about here). It was an incredible opportunity.
The list of WBHM contributions goes on and on, but I'll stop here, and simply ask, if you believe in storytelling and Birmingham, please support WBHM. I'd love it if you would consider doing it through my pledge page here.
And though I'd be happy to try to make you a pie, you probably wouldn't like the outcome. But I'll buy you a cup of coffee! Let's keep the stories going.