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Scott Hanley

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Scott is an experienced broadcaster, manager, and technology leader. He has served on many local and national boards, including NPR, the Pittsburgh Radio Organization and the Public Media Business Association.

He has been a news reporter, anchor, feature producer, and music program host. Stints as a news director and program director preceded his role as a station manager in 1991. He has also created and taught college-level courses in broadcasting, journalism, media sales, digital media and regulation, and media management.

Scott served on the NPR Board of Directors from 2002-2008, active on the executive, investment, membership, and strategic planning and technology committees. From 2003-2008, he chaired the NPR distribution/interconnection committee, responsible for the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS), which sends programs to public radio stations throughout the United States. In 2011 he received the Public Radio Regional Organization PRRO Award for contributions on behalf of public radio stations nationwide.

Maternity, Marketing and Malpractice
08-11-2016

Medicine is a major economic driver in greater Birmingham. This week, a civil court lawsuit over medical marketing and medical malpractice may have major implications for maternity care in Alabama. Brookwood Baptist Health lost in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Nick Patterson of the weekly publication Weld for Birmingham give us an overview of the case.

It Might Just Be Legal
07-20-2016

Spending practices regarding election campaign funds in Alabama are under review. How those funds are spent, now, can be looked up as public information, and there are some questions that come from the details. Kyle Whitmire of AL.COM and the Birmingham News took a dive in to the data about Alabama Representative Mike Hill, a Republican […]

The Definition of Ethics In Alabama is..
07-13-2016

If you look for a definition of the word, “ethics,” terms come up like, “moral principles,” and “the concept of right and wrong.” Appropriate behavior, or noting the lack of it. Kyle Whitmire, political columnist for the Birmingham News and AL.COM, notes that the latest changes to ethics laws in Alabama have allowed for a […]

A Birmingham Business Mystery may be Revealed, Soon
06-27-2016

A “good news” Birmingham business mystery may soon be revealed. The firearms business is booming. Changes in the industrial economy are impacting Alabama’s waterways and roadways.
Ty West is Editor of the Birmingham Business Journal. He joins WBHM’s Scott Hanley to consider some of these latest stories in the Magic City Marketplace.

There is Never a Final Word on Barbecue, John Archibald
07-30-2015

A Road Trip – Columnist John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group has almost finished his month of travelling the highways and two lane roadways of Alabama, writing a story a day from places, all over. He says he’s learned a lot from people from all over in a redeeming trip with a lot of miles.

On the Road and A Haircut with John Archibald
07-16-2015

Columnist John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group continues his sojourn across Alabama, finding interesting people and places – including a storied barber, a church that has taken a trip, and gluten-free soul food.

Anniston Police Officers Accused of Belonging to Hate Group
06-18-2015

Two Anniston police officers were placed on administrative leave Wednesday pending an investigation by the city into their participation in what a Montgomery-based civil rights group describes as a hate group.

Waiting for a Plan for Alabama’s Budget, and Birmingham – Destination City or Not?
06-17-2015

Kyle Whitmire says he was certain that a small group of public officials, business leaders, and bureaucrats was busy working and drafting up a solution to the General Fund deficit. But when the session ended, no group was revealed. The Special Session later this summer should offer an ability to work out a deal, since the legislative rules allow leadership to limit the scope of what can be considered, focused on solving the budget crisis.

Kyle and Scott also discuss another topic of debate – there’s a debate brewing within the pages, printed and digital, about whether or not Birmingham is a “destination city,” and what that may or may not really mean.

John Archibald: Security and Service
10-2-2014

The topic of security for public officials is getting special attention this week writ very, very large.
The Secret Service in Washington has a very big task. Keeping public officials safe is important, and John has written about the topic on a more Alabama-focused level.

Meanwhile, election day is about a month away. The final push has a lot of energy, rhetoric and money at play.
After November 4th, what’s next?

Kyle Whitmire: The Practice of Law and the Practice of Journalism
09-24-2014

The practice of journalism and the practice of law are getting deeply intertwined in Alabama and nationwide. Kyle Whitmire of Al.com and the Birmingham News joins us to discuss.