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.

Girlyman: “Really good, really unexpected, and really different.”

Imagine a modern-day Peter, Paul & Mary, only edgier…and with a quirky sense of humor, and you get the band Girlyman. Their songs are described as leading edge three-part harmony folk-pop. WBHM’s Michael Krall spoke to Ty Greenstein about the group…

Steve Chiotakis leaving WBHM

WBHM’s Steve Chiotakis will leave the station in October to take a network job with the Marketplace Morning Report.

WBHM 30th Anniversary

In celebration of WBHM’s 30th anniversary year, meet some of the people who were there during the station’s early years. WBHM officially signed on at Sunday, December 5, 1976 at 1 p.m. In this interview Michael Krall talks to Les Myers, WBHM’s first Music Director…

Justin Brown

On November 17-18, guitarist David Starobin played contemporary music with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. One of the works is Paganini Variations by Poul Ruders. David Starobin spoke with WBHM’s Michael Krall about the work.

On the Line: Mass Transit

On buses in Birmingham, getting from point to A to point B means mostly
obstacles and frustration. Leaders have talked aboout mass transit for
years, but putting it to work and funding it has been the real speed bump, despite calls to the contrary. On November 6th, WBHM broadcast a special two-hour discussion on the future of mass transit in the Birmingham area.

On the Line – education

Standardized testing… school overcrowding… teacher pay. WBHM’s listener call-in program ‘On the Line’ tackled The State of Education in Alabama.

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson’s second novel, Gilead, is written in the form of a letter from a 76-year old Congregationalist minister to his young son. Gilead is a meditation on family relationships, religion, and finding meaning in life. Robinson’s visit coincided with the selection of Gilead for the Mayor’s Book Club of Vestavia Hills. She spoke with WBHM’s Roseanne Pereira.