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 managing the sound of the station -- from overseeing the on-air staff to curating the program schedule.

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.

Michael came to WBHM in 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.

Taxes, Gambling, and the Special Session

Governor Bentley calls a special session and then it was promptly adjourned for three weeks. And Republicans face a choice between new taxes or gambling. Here to discuss this (and other news)is Kyle Whitmire. He’s the state political columnist for The Birmingham News and AL dot com

Despite BP Settlement, Alabama’s General Fund is Still Ailing

Alabama will receive 2.3 billion dollars over 18 years through a settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  One billion dollars of that settlement is to cover economic losses.  Even though that money will go into the state’s general fund, Governor Bentley made it clear that there will still be special legislative session […]

If Everybody Can Get Married, Then Nobody Can Get Married?

The United State Supreme Court rules that gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry, but several counties in Alabama are not complying. Some probate judges are getting out of the marriage business altogether, while others are marrying heterosexual couples, but not gay and lesbian couples. WBHM’s Michael Krall talks about the state […]

Arc Stories: June 2015 Edition

Stories about people overcoming challenges both big and small in some unique ways. A man who risks everything to chase a dream; a young woman’s relationship is interrupted by divine intervention; and one man tries to get through one very hot night. (Originally aired June 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

Kyle Whitmire: Alabama Can Either Live In The Past or Future

Governor Bentley removes the Confederate flag from the Alabama Capitol Grounds; Google makes a $600 million dollar investment in Alabama; and the looming special legislative session session will aim to fix problems with Alabama’s general fund including the possibility of gambling.  Kyle Whitmire is the state political columnist for The Birmingham News and AL.com, and he […]

Commentary: The Steel City’s Spice via Bicycle

When commentator John Houser lived in Indianapolis, the city built a bike and pedestrian path weaving through the city’s downtown cultural districts.  After trying bike commuting for just a few months, he sold his car — transforming his commute from a stressful ride on city streets into a leisurely jaunt past parks, public art, and along a downtown canal. […]

Arc Stories: May 2015 Edition

Stories about love, about loss, and the lengths to which both will make us go.  A little boy finally gets his wish; and a young woman does her best to get her out of a pretty awkward situation. (The audio refers to the program as Arc Light Stories — the previous name of the program.) […]

Steel City Jug Slammers: Delta Blues and Old-Time Jug Music

Birmingham's own Steel City Jug Slammers perform Delta blues and old-time jug music.

Governor and Lawmakers Still Split over Budget Crisis

This week, Governor Robert Bentley defended his agency heads from accusations they’re using scare tactics in describing the effects of possible budget cuts to the state’s general fund. To fill us in on this and other activity in Montgomery this week is Don Dailey. He’s the host of Capitol Journal on Alabama Public Television.

Antiques Roadshow from Birmingham!

Part history lesson, part story, and part suspense, public television's Antiques Roadshow comes to you from Birmingham!

Arc Stories: March 2015 Edition

A man gets a chance to show a former girlfriend what she missed out on; a girl gets an audience for one of her first intimate moments; and a young woman meets some random strangers and gets into a fight.

Interview: Wye Oak

Thursday night, the band Wye Oak, Brooklyn composer William Brittelle, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra collaborate on innovative orchestral re-imaginings of Wye Oak songs. WBHM's Michael Krall spoke with band member Andy Stack about the concert and the band's sound...

TEDx Birmingham 2015: Move Mountains

This weekend, TEDx Birmingham featured the chance to hear individuals sharing their experiences and passions. WBHM's Michael Krall and Will Dahlberg attended TEDx Birmingham and share their thoughts.

Interview: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek has died at the age of 83. In 2009, WBHM's Michael Krall interviewed Nimoy who came to Birmingham to give a lecture about his photography. While there were plenty regarding his photography, along way Nimoy took time to talk about his role as Mr. Spock.

WBHM will be off-air tonight

WBHM will be making some important infrastructure and IT upgrades that require us to be off the air from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday

Arc Stories: February 2015 Edition

Stories About Change: One man’s encounter with a celebrity has him in way over his head; and a camp counselor encounters not the good kid or the bad kid, but the worst kid.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Conductor

Carlos Izcaray performs his first concert as music director designate during two Masterworks concerts this weekend. He spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall...

Says You! Host and Creator Richard Sher Dies

The creator, executive producer and host of the long-running wordplay program Says You! died February 9th after a battle with cancer.

ASFA Musician on NPR’s From the Top

Andrew Downs, a double bass player attending the Alabama School of Fine Arts, recently appeared on the NPR program From The Top. Downs, age 17, spoke with WBHM's Program Director Michael Krall about his appearance on the program and about the double bass itself.

Reports: UAB heading toward shutting down football

Multiple news outlets are reporting that UAB is taking steps to disband the football program this week.

New Clocks Launch November 17th

Starting Monday, you may notice a slight change in some of your favorite NPR programs. So what exactly does a clock have to do with radio?

Alabama Attorney General’s 1976 Letter Told KKK Off In 3 Short Words

As part of our series Letters of Note, former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley tells NPR's Audie Cornish how he once replied to an angry letter from the Ku Klux Klan.

CDC Ebola Training Center opens in Anniston

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated a training course at the former Army base in Anniston for health workers intending to help with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Holly Williams: Following the Family Tradition

She's the granddaughter of country music legend Hank Williams. Her dad, Hank junior, has sold millions of records. But Holly Williams isn't living in anyone's shadow. She's got her own sound and is making a name for herself. Greg Bass has this profile...

Hypocrisy and Lies on the Campaign Trail

During midterm elections, hypocrisy and lies are in abundance on the campaign trail. That's according to Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald. He says we should pay no attention to what politicians say, we should just watch what they do. he spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall.

Leon Botstein: Music is so important because it has no purpose

UAB has awarded the 2014 Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Prize to Dr. Leon Botstein. The award brings to campus outstanding scholars who are recognized as leaders in the arts and sciences. While at UAB, Botstein conducted a special performance of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Botstein also lectured and met with students and faculty in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. He spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall

Vivian Fung: Harp Concerto World Premiere with ASO

Composer Vivian Fung is in town rehearsing her Harp Concerto with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The world premier is Thursday night at the Alys Stephens Center. Fung spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall.

Act of Congress: Christmas Vol. 2

The Birmingham acoustic quartet features influences from jazz, rock and pop and just released an album of Christmas songs. WBHM's Michael Krall spoke with band members Adam Wright and Chris Griffin and produced this audio postcard. (Note: Click the title bar above for music downloads.)

Dar Williams: Finding Her Musical Voice

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez but with a bit of an acidic twist. Her ninth studio album is called In The Time of Gods. Williams performs in Birmingham Tuesday night and she spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall.

Chanukah in Story & Song

Sung by the The Western Wind, the acclaimed vocal sextet and the renowned actor present 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes.

Stephen Hough: Playing the piano isn’t enough

Stephen Hough is one of the world's leading pianists, but he's also been described a as a renaissance man -- excelling as a writer and composer. It's all part of his creativity beyond the piano. But it also adds to his creativity and his musical personality. He performs with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Friday and Saturday night.

Meet Danail Rachev: ASO Guest Conductor

Since the 2011-2012 season the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has been led by esteemed guest conductors from all over the world. One of these conductors could eventually become the new Music Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra. This weekend Danail Rachev continues that trend and pays a return visit to Birmingham.