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.

Arc Stories: July 2015 Edition
07-30-2015

Stories about how our families shape us, change us, and even surprise us — a man who joins his father to defend their home against an intruder; a young woman defends her sister and goes to unique lengths to avenge her; one man discovers his father was not who he thought he was, and one man’s entire […]

Timber: Music That’s Haunting, Low and Easy
07-29-2015

Timber is a collaboration between Janet Simpson and Will Stewart. Stewart, an Alabama native, is currently based in Nashville. A few years ago, he was working on an EP when Birmingham musician Les Nuby, (Verbena, Vulture Whale) suggested he get together with Simpson. Blame is the first single from Timber’s self-titled EP. Simpson describes the group’s sound as haunting, low and easy. Timber is part of Secret Stages 2015 – they play Friday, July 31st at 10:15 p.m. at the 20 Midtown Stage located at Pale Eddie’s Pour House.

Taxes, Gambling, and the Special Session
07-22-2015

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
07-9-2015

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?
07-1-2015

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
06-25-2015

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
06-24-2015

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
06-8-2015

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
05-28-2015

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. (Originally aired May 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)    

Steel City Jug Slammers: Delta Blues and Old-Time Jug Music
05-21-2015

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