Michael Krall

Michael Krall

Program Director



If you’ve ever had a question or comment about the station’s programming, or were looking for a story from WBHM or NPR, chances are you’ve spoken with WBHM’s Program Director Michael Krall. His job includes overseeing the station's on-air staff, curating the program schedule, and managing the Alabama Radio Reading Service.

You can hear Michael hosting Morning Edition or All Things Considered from time to time, and listen out for his interviews with artists and other interesting people who make their way through Birmingham.

Originally from Chappaqua, N.Y., Michael came to WBHM in September of 1998 from WCBU in Peoria, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Maine, he’s spent his entire career in public radio working in WKNO in Memphis and WSCL in Salisbury, Maryland, as well as Maine Public Radio.

In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking, attending concerts, and playing Scrabble. He lives in Homewood with his daughter, Nora, and son, Landon.

Composer Martin Kennedy Debuts Original Work: ‘Forest Dark and Stars Above’
11-1-2018

Every year, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra features an up-and-coming composer. This season, it’s Alabama native Martin Kennedy. Thursday night, the orchestra gives the world premiere of Kennedy’s Forest Dark and Stars Above. Kennedy spoke with WBHM’s Michael Krall about his approach to composing. Their conversation began with Kennedy describing the piece and features some of Kennedy’s other music.

The Man Who Spent $100K To Remove A Lie From Google
04-3-2018

In Europe, an Internet user can force Google to hide search results that are inaccurate or just too personal. But Americans don’t have the same legal protections — even in the most extreme cases.

Robert Siegel: Looking Back at a 41-Year Career
01-2-2018

Friday is the last day for Robert Siegel at NPR. The longtime host of All Things Considered will retire after more than 41 years with the network.

Miles Hoffman: ‘Random sounds are rarely soothing.’
11-7-2017

Miles Hoffman says when it comes to classical music, there’s no substitute for a live performance. Hoffman is Morning Edition’s music commentator, and he’s the founder and artistic director of The American Chamber Players.

Musical Healing: ASO’s Izcaray Begins Second Season
10-5-2017

A new season of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra kicks off this weekend. The symphony’s music director Carlos Izcaray dealt with quite a bit of personal adversity last season. But he says he was fortunate to have been able to keep working throughout the ordeal. Friday and Saturday’s Masterworks concert includes works by Haydn and Beethoven. We begin […]

Arc Stories: July 2017 Edition
07-27-2017

Four stories, each recorded at different Arc Stories events throughout Birmingham. What oneman discovers about his wife when she has to endure a major medical procedure; a young woman who moves to Africa to become a teacher though she has no training in how to do that; what happens to a guy when he inadvertently […]

Arc Stories: June 2017 Edition
06-29-2017

Four stories where plans put into motion take some rather unexpected turns. One young woman’s attempt to have a little fun at some protester’s expense; a boy who is taken on the ride of his life; a family forced to deal with the loss of nearly all of their possessions; and, bus trip goes astray. […]

Scott Simon Brings Weekend Edition to Birmingham
06-8-2017

NPR’s Scott Simon brings Weekend Edition Saturday to The Lyric Theatre on June 10. He spoke with WBHM’s Michael Krall about the broadcast.

Arc Stories: May 2017 Edition
05-26-2017

Birmingham’s own true stories. A man’s encounter with perhaps the world’s worst burglar; a woman overlooks some early warning signs in the pursuit of love; and student recalls a beloved teacher who’s influence doesn’t take root until years later. Originally aired: May 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. and […]

Itzhak Perlman Returns to Birmingham
05-19-2017

World-renowned Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Sunday. He talks about his career and whether classical music is still relevant today.