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.

ASFA Musician on NPR’s From the Top
12-27-2014

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
11-30-2014

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

New Clocks Launch November 17th
11-14-2014

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
10-16-2014

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
10-7-2014

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
08-20-2014

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
07-3-2014

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
03-13-2014

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
02-11-2014

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
12-12-2013

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.)