Audrey Atkins

Director of Community Engagement



Audrey Atkins is WBHM's Director of Community Engagement. In that capacity, she supervises the underwriting and sales department, manages the station's marketing initiatives, and plans its events and other community engagement efforts. By her own admission she has “never met a stranger” and loves meeting WBHM’s listeners and members.

An accomplished author, Audrey's essays can be found in The Bitter Southerner's Folklore Project, It's a Southern Thing, Mobile Bay Magazine, and Birmingham Magazine. Her collection of humorous and sometimes poignant essays, "They Call Me Orange Juice," was published in 2018.

Born in the Oil Capital of Alabama, Citronelle, Audrey made her way to the Magic City by way of the University of Montevallo, where she earned a B.A. in English. Outside of the office, Audrey enjoys spending time with her husband and son, as well as painting, writing, and cooking.

p.s. Yes, that's her real South Alabama accent.

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WBHM’s Guide to the 2017 Solar Eclipse

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WBHM Wins 16 Alabama AP Awards

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM won seven first place and nine second place Alabama Associated Press Media Editor awards at a ceremony held June 17, 2017. “It’s wonderful to have earned recognition on such a broad range of initiatives, from noteworthy reporting to public service,” says WBHM News Director Gigi Douban. “For us here at […]

Christopher Davis – One Artist, Two Designs

Birmingham native Christopher Davis is the featured artist for WBHM’s Spring 2017 Fund Drive. This time, however, we’re doing something a little different. Davis has created two designs for the station — one will be featured on a mug and the other will be featured on a pint glass. You can have either one (or […]

Gigi Douban Chosen to Lead WBHM’s News Team

Gigi Douban has been named news director for Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM. Most recently, Douban reported extensively for Marketplace, and as an independent producer for public radio since 2006 her work has been heard on WBHM, NPR, Studio 360, and The World. She also writes for Bloomberg News and Runner’s World. “I’m lucky to […]

The Junction Listening Party, Oct. 30

Whether you call Ensley home or you’re an outsider who wants to learn more about this vibrant community, please join us for a FREE event on Sunday, October 30th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Ensley Soho to hear stories from the WBHM 90.3 FM series and discuss Ensley’s past, present, and future. Where: Ensley Soho, […]

The mental_floss Trivia Show benefiting WBHM, Feb. 25

This is not your typical pub trivia night. The mental_floss Trivia Show, hosted by mental_floss co-founder Will Pearson, along with special guests, Reed and Will Lochamy, is a fast-paced audience-engaging night of entertainment. With a few surprise guests, you’ll have the opportunity to win big prizes and even hop on stage (if you choose) to […]

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM Launches Magic City Sounds

Starting today, Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM will air Magic City Sounds, a new project featuring the voices and sounds that make up the Magic City in brief audio segments. WBHM will air these daily fragments of life, engaging moments, and personal reflections on air throughout regular programming and on-line at MagicCitySounds.org.  The station hopes […]

Ben Lewellyn: Member of the Month, January 2016

I’m Ben Lewellyn, and I’m the Sales Director at Good People Brewing Company where I’ve worked since 2011. I’ve lived in Birmingham and the suburbs my whole life except for a two-year stint in Texas for graduate school. While I was in Texas, I started listening to the podcast of This American Life and discovered […]

Food and Fellowship: A Holiday Special from WBHM

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM is pleased to announce “Food and Fellowship: A Holiday Special from WBHM” featuring Birmingham’s own Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton. WBHM partnered with Hydock and Horton to create and produce this original holiday program recorded at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center in front of a live audience. Its mix […]

Issues & Ales: The Future of Education in Alabama

This year, the Alabama Legislature voted to allow charter schools in the state and expanded the Alabama Accountability Act. What does this mean for the future of Alabama’s public and private schools? Can public education adequately prepare all Alabama children for career success? Join WBHM for Issues & Ales: The Future of Education in Alabama, […]

WBHM Partners with StoryCorps OutLoud

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM is partnering with StoryCorps to broadcast selections from its StoryCorps OutLoud initiative recorded in Birmingham. StoryCorps OutLoud is a multi-year project dedicated to preserving the often unheard voices of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. WBHM will share these stories on air and online Tuesdays and Fridays throughout November, 2015. […]

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WBHM and Birmingham’s Gigi Douban Chosen for Political Reporting Partnership with NPR

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM and Birmingham reporter Gigi Douban have been chosen collectively as participants in NPR’s Political Reporting Partnership. Douban and WBHM, along with a group of sixteen reporters from other public radio stations across the country, will work closely with NPR to cover the 2016 election from a state and local perspective. […]

Michael Harrington Wins the Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM Artist Challenge

Michael Harrington has been voted the winner of the Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM Artist Challenge. Harrington’s design will be featured during WBHM’s Fall 2015 Fund Drive and is the sixth in a series of collaborations between the station and local artists. Runners up are co-designers Joey Seales and Jared Ragland of Birmingham and Diana […]

Register for Issues & Ales: Concussions and the Price of Playing Football

In Alabama, football is a way of life. But after recent revelations about the dangers of football-related head injuries, players and parents are reconsidering their involvement. How are health concerns changing who plays football? How does it change the culture around football, and what will it mean for the future of the sport? Join WBHM […]

Register for Listen with the Lochamy Brothers

Join WBHM and guest-hosts Will and Reed Lochamy at Urban Standard on Monday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. to hear portions of Radiolab’s “American Football” episode and talk football. Will and Reed will share clips from this podcast and lead us in an entertaining and informative discussion of our State’s favorite pastime. The Lochamy brothers […]

The WBHM Artist Challenge Rules and Template

Click here for the Fall 2015 Pint Glass Design Rules and Template   For the last five fund drives, we at Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM have had the pleasure of working with some of Birmingham’s best and brightest artists to produce the designs in our popular pint glass series. Now it’s your turn. How […]

Public Radio Tech Survey 2015

As a WBHM listener, you're probably aware that we've been working hard for the past several years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio landscape. Now we are asking for your opinion.

Two Veteran News Professionals Join WBHM

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM welcomes Sherrel Wheeler Stewart as the Managing Editor of the Southern Education Desk and Chris Osborne as Announcer/Producer for WBHM.

WBHM’s Spring 2015 Fund Drive Runs Through April 18

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM’s Spring 2015 Fund Drive will begin Wednesday, April 8, and feature a collaboration with local artist Paul Cordes Wilm. Wilm has created a custom and public radio-inspired design for the station emphasizing Alabama’s connection to the world and the world’s connection to Alabama through WBHM. Wilm says the initial inspiration for his Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM came from the children's game "telephone" in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group.

WBHM Presents Magic City Writers Read

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM presents Magic City Writers Read, a reading and book-signing event featuring author Carla Jean Whitley, Oct. 9, 2014 at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Issues and Ales: Alabama’s Prison System

Issues within the Alabama prison system impact the culture and economy of Alabama, affecting thousands of lives across the state every day. What are the causes for concern? Who is responsible? Why does it matter to you? WBHM explored this topic at 'Issues and Ales: Alabama's Prison System,' hosted in collaboration with AL.com/The Alabama Media Group and The Center for Investigative Reporting. Hear a broadcast of highlights from Issues and Ales on Wednesday, June 25, from 2-3 pm.

WBHM Spring 2014 Membership Campaign to feature collaboration with local artist, guests

WBHM's Spring 2014 Membership Campaign will begin Wednesday, April 2. An exciting highlight will be the work of Alabama artist Charles Buchanan. In collaboration with WBHM's Junior Advisors, Buchanan has created a custom and public radio-inspired design for the station, depicting the interconnectedness of the public radio community with Birmingham, and the City with the world.

WBHM’s Spring 2014 Membership Campaign to Feature Collaboration with Local Artist

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM/WSGN 91.5 FM's Spring 2014 Membership Campaign will begin Wednesday, April 2, and feature a collaboration with local artist Charles Buchanan. In response to outreach from WBHM's Junior Advisors, Buchanan has created a custom and public radio-inspired design for the station with the theme "Around Your Block; Around the World" depicting the interconnectedness of the public radio community with Birmingham, and the City with the world. The art will be featured on a glass given as a thank-you gift from the station for contributions of $90 or more.

“Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church — The Case for Justice” Airs Oct. 17, 2 p.m.

The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church occurred on Sept. 15, 1963, but it took decades to put the perpetrators on trial. Why did it take so long? "Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church -- The Case for Justice," a special documentary produced by Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, will offer some answers when it airs Thursday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. on 90.3 FM and online at wbhm.org.

WBHM Rides with You: WBHM’s Fall 2013 Membership Campaign

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM/WSGN 91.5 FM's Fall 2013 Membership Campaign will begin Wednesday, October 9, and feature a collaboration with local artist Veronique Vanblaere, along with notable business and civic leaders as guest hosts.

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM Will Begin Airing Radiolab Oct. 5

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM will add the Peabody award-winning program to its regular weekend schedule beginning Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM Hires News Director

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM has hired Rachel Osier Lindley as its news director. Lindley will oversee the activities of the WBHM news team while giving voice to the North Central Alabama community the station serves. She will work extensively with on-air and online content, local, regional, and national content partners, and evolving technology.

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM Hires New Announcer/Producer

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM has hired Sarah Delia as a new announcer/producer. Delia comes to WBHM from Northeast Indiana Public Radio in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she hosted All Things Considered. A graduate of James Madison University and The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Delia was an intern and production assistant at NPR and was an intern with Studio 360.