Why I Support WBHM: Rachel Brewer
During This Pledge Drive, We’re asking WBHM Members why they listen and what WBHM means to them.
Rachel Brewer is a UAB grad student and WBHM member. Even as a long-time public radio listener, she has beef with a treasured classic.
“After church every Sunday, my mom would listen to A Prairie Home Companion,” she says. “I was not really a big fan. It was about as boring as I could imagine,” she admits.
Although Garrison Keillor wasn’t exactly her childhood hero, public radio was a familiar place to return to when she moved to Alabama for graduate school.
“I turned down to the low end of the dial and found WBHM,” she says, “and that’s when I really started listening each day.”
Rachel hopes listeners will contribute and pass along the legacy of public radio to future generations like her mother did for her.
“I thought about how much of an influence she had on me,” she recalls, “always listening to public radio when we were growing up.”
Why I Support WBHM: Chad and Allison Kahl
Chad and Allison Kahl are both WBHM members. Chad’s in the Air Force. He’s a flight surgeon attached to the 99th Air Refueling Squadron out of Birmingham. During Chad’s most recent deployment, the Kahls say WBHM helped keep them connected.
Why I Support WBHM: Virginia Stone
Virginia Stone is a WBHM member listening from Birmingham, Alabama — and oddly enough, she’s a huge fan of the fund drive. “I love it because of the community that I feel when I hear the name of someone I know,” says Virginia. “I do understand why people get annoyed; they don’t want to be pestered for donations. But the truth is, they need to step up.”
Why I Support WBHM: Mina Khan
Mina Khan is a WBHM member from Trussville. To start her day off right, she tunes into Morning edition during her hour-and-a-half commute.
“When I have to start my day at work,” she says, “I cannot sit and listen to a story that’s so engaging that I don’t really want to turn off my radio.”