Issues/Program Report 4rd Quarter 2019

Jan 1, 2021

Per the FCC, this is a list of the most frequently cited issues of concern to the people in the WBHM listening area during the last quarter. The list details the most significant programs addressing these issues. All of these programs were published at WBHM.ORG and broadcast on WBHM 90.3 FM between Oct 1, 2020 and Dec 31, 2020. The list includes the following issues:


2020-12-01 09:02:43

Alabama must spend its remaining coronavirus relief funds by Dec. 30. Advocacy groups are urging Gov. Kay Ivey to fund immediate needs across the state. But, getting the money out isn’t an easy task.

2020-12-01 17:51:40

The city will borrow money from its general fund reserve amid concerns from some council members.

2020-10-07 16:00:00

2020-10-16 08:00:00

Officials note a 99.9% response rate for Alabama. What's behind that number is tricky.

2020-10-14 16:52:32

"The volume of absentee voting that we're seeing is truly unprecedented and we're doing it in the midst of a pandemic," said Jefferson County Probate Judge James Naftel.

2020-11-01 21:20:27

Some voters in Jefferson County have already come in to "cure" their ballots and can continue to do so before the deadline on Monday, November 2, at 5 p.m.

2020-11-04 10:49:08

Trump won Alabama overwhelmingly Tuesday night over Democrat Joe Biden.

2020-10-21 10:10:44

The software could include facial recognition technology.

2020-10-23 09:50:04

The city could sell six parking decks, the proceeds from which could help offset a significant budget shortfall sparked by the pandemic.

2020-11-04 12:56:25

Five of the six statewide amendments on Alabama’s ballot passed Tuesday.

2020-12-22 12:20:42

The city of Birmingham has approved contracts with three area nonprofits — Friends of Rickwood Field, McWane Science Center and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. These nonprofits previously had their funding cut by the city because of the pandemic.

2020-10-29 08:30:27

Today, Thursday, Oct. 29, is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot.

2020-10-23 17:01:05

Here are a few dos and don'ts at the polls this Election Day.

2020-12-09 14:40:01

Gov. Kay Ivey recently announced where she wants to build three new mega prisons. Residents are pushing back on the plan.

2020-10-21 15:32:29

More than 15 million people have turned 18 since the last presidential election, and new research shows they are interested and politically active. We checked in with three young Alabama women to hear what they’re thinking.

2020-12-09 12:19:35

Governor Kay Ivey is extending Alabama’s Safer-at-Home order until January 22, 2021.

2020-11-07 19:25:57

Alabama Democrats celebrated the news that Joe Biden was declared the winner in the 2020 presidential race.

2020-11-11 13:27:32

Birmingham's Carraway Hospital, which has been closed since 2008, will be redeveloped to include retail, dining, residential, office and entertainment spaces.

2020-10-27 14:01:18

This voter guide includes sample ballots, breakdowns of the constitutional amendments up for a vote and profiles of candidates.

2020-12-02 09:32:49

The Jefferson County Commission is expected Thursday to amend its disbursement of Cares Act funds to include mortgage assistance for residents adversely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

2020-11-03 16:03:17

2020-10-06 21:13:09

The cities of Homewood and Center Point have named new mayors. Meanwhile, the city of Fairfield has reelected its mayor after a runoff election.

2020-10-14 20:54:01

To vote absentee you must now provide a photo ID and have the signatures of two witnesses or a notary.

2020-10-11 21:11:09

2020-10-19 12:48:38

A record number of people in Alabama have applied for and cast absentee ballots ahead of the November 3 election.

2020-12-09 18:24:32

The lawsuit is an attempt by federal officials to force the state to remedy a prison system long riddled with violence.

2020-11-10 17:11:42

The Birmingham City Council approved deals with this week with two bike- and scooter-sharing companies.

2020-10-15 13:13:07

As uncertainty around the November 3rd election looms, election officials and dozens of non-partisan organizations are recruiting poll workers.

2020-11-17 15:47:10

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin wants to use $7 million from the reserve fund to bring back more than 130 furloughed city employees. But the city council is not sold.

2020-12-02 14:18:47

The state is working through a backlog of requests from local governments, nonprofits, and others for CARES Act funds.

2020-11-17 15:59:22

"We don’t want to send money back to Washington. We want to make sure that it’s spent here and for us to do that, we need to make sure we’ve looked at every avenue possible," said Jefferson County Commissioner Steve Ammons.

2020-12-16 09:13:24

More than a year after finding unconstitutional conditions in Alabama's male prisons, federal officials are taking legal action against the state.

2020-11-05 11:01:24

The extension comes as new COVID-19 cases rise in Alabama.

2020-10-05 16:46:19

The city of Birmingham's newly passed 2021 fiscal budget is nearly $50 million smaller than last year. Among the numerous budget cuts was funding to external nonprofits.

2020-12-18 13:06:20

Construction on the Birmingham Xpress will start in January and is scheduled to finish in time for the World Games in 2022.

2020-11-05 10:02:45

Alabama voters approved an amendment to remove racist language from the state constitution. But change won't be fast and there are more hurdles to clear.

2020-12-14 12:43:47

Predictive policing software programs such as PredPol was adopted by the Homewood Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 and Birmingham Police Department in 2019.

2020-10-21 23:14:38

The Alabama secretary of state and attorney general hailed the order as a victory.

2020-10-30 11:33:29

Your guide to the 2020 Election.

2020-10-22 14:00:30

2020-12-29 12:28:03

The Birmingham City Council approved four appointments to the Birmingham Water Works Board on Tuesday.

2020-10-01 17:14:43

Alabama is one of six states that still allows straight ticket voting, and it is increasingly popular.

2020-10-12 11:15:00

It was a working weekend of those in the clerk’s office as they set the stage for what they hope is a more efficient processing of in-person absentee voters.

2020-10-28 12:18:26

Local election officials say they're doing what they can to ensure every vote counts.

2020-12-22 13:30:59

After 45 years, Jefferson County has been released from its consent decree.

2020-12-09 14:36:44

Democratic Senator Doug Jones gave his farewell speech Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

2020-11-03 09:30:52

Republican Tommy Tuberville defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones in Tuesday's election.

2020-10-28 13:23:20

Birmingham's Roebuck neighborhood is getting a new grocery store in an effort to reduce food deserts in the city.

2020-10-01 12:49:03

Disinformation this election is not just about Russia. But there are ways to be on guard.

2020-12-10 14:46:10

The city of Birmingham’s Public Safety Task Force released a report Thursday morning that outlines four areas that the city can improve on.

2020-12-29 14:47:35

The Birmingham City Council approved an economic incentives package this week for the long-awaited redevelopment of the former Carraway Hospital property.

2020-10-16 13:03:05

The Jefferson County Commission voted unanimously Friday to open the courthouses in Birmingham and Bessemer for in-person absentee voting.

2020-10-16 14:16:32

Changes to voting, the judicial system and the Alabama Constitution itself are on the ballot.

2020-11-24 14:38:34

The Birmingham City Council delayed a proposal to pay city employees for an unpaid holiday on Black Friday.

2020-11-03 15:00:27

Voters are turning out Tuesday to vote in the 2020 general election.

2020-10-08 18:05:23

The Alabama Secretary of State's Office created a new plan to help Jefferson County with its long absentee voting lines and understaffing, but specifics of the plan remain unclear.

2020-11-06 11:36:28

About 64% of registered voters in Jefferson County turned out to vote in Tuesday's general election, according to the county's website.

2020-11-06 11:49:52

Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved a new design for a state flag to replace the Confederate-themed flag that had been in place since 1894.

2020-12-03 13:40:06

State Sen. Cam Ward is replacing Charlie Graddick as director of Alabama's Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Under Graddick's leadership, paroles rates declined significantly.

2020-10-26 17:52:59

County voters who used a waiver to bypass the state's witness or notary requirements are unsure whether their absentee ballots will be counted.

2020-10-17 17:35:29

2020-12-15 11:03:34

The county commissioners sought to tie up any loose ends for Cares Act money at its meeting on Tuesday.

2020-11-01 10:26:29

Sen. Doug Jones, who is up for reelection on Tuesday, says the platform of his opponent, Republican Tommy Tuberville, has mostly been copied from President Trump.

2020-11-03 19:42:43

Tommy Tuberville will serve as the next U.S. senator from Alabama. He'll serve alongside current U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.

2020-12-15 11:10:16

With the grant month, the city plans to improve the area around Smithfield Court, including infrastructure improvements such as street paving, sidewalks, lighting and parks as well as beautification and anti-blight efforts.


2020-12-23 14:30:57

Labor officials cite safety concerns as the primary reason for moving to a phone-based system.

2020-10-21 16:48:52

The pandemic has driven many people outdoors, but finding the right gear could be a challenge.

2020-12-16 17:53:15

Employees at Amazon's Bessemer warehouse want to unionize, but the online retail giant opposes those efforts.

Health Care

2020-11-19 14:19:35

COVID-19 has left 38-year-old Victor Perea hospitalized for almost three months. His wife wants others to understand how bad the virus can be.

2020-10-06 18:19:34

UAB is offering both inpatient and outpatient COVID-19 trials ranging from vaccines to treatments that hope to weaken the effects of the virus.

2020-12-15 13:02:39

UAB Hospital received its first shipment of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning.

2020-12-11 16:07:07

In a gathering of 20 people, there's more than a 50% chance that one person in that gathering will be infectious and contagious with COVID-19, according to Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson.

2020-12-07 14:07:46

Alabama's COVID-19 hospitalizations reached a new record, according to the state department of public health.

2020-12-30 11:37:58

As we welcome a new year, we asked kids what they're most looking forward to after the pandemic.

2020-12-09 13:13:17

As COVID case numbers continue to increase, UAB Hospital is predicting a dramatic surge in hospitalizations next week.

2020-11-12 11:56:29

The newly expanded Magic City Wellness Center is one of several providers working to increase access to gender-affirming medical care.

2020-12-21 16:02:13

Alabama will receive its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today.

2020-12-29 16:45:15

Alabama ranks third in the nation in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19.

2020-10-27 15:17:42

For women without a functioning uterus, uterine transplantation offers the possibility to become pregnant.

2020-12-04 14:52:52

Alabama will receive about 41,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed at 16 vaccination sites at hospitals across the state.

2020-11-20 17:49:49

Research from Georgia Tech University shows there is a one in five chance you will catch the virus if you gather with a group of ten people in Jefferson County.

2020-11-17 16:02:40

The COVID-19 caseloads in Alabama hospitals are "worsening fairly rapidly," according to the president of the Alabama Hospital Association.

2020-12-18 14:19:34

As of Thursday, more than 2,400 COVID patients were hospitalized across the state. About 25% of those hospitalizations were in Jefferson and Shelby counties.

2020-12-14 12:53:04

Experts predict that number of new COVID-19 hospitalization will continue to rise in the coming weeks.

2020-10-28 10:14:09

Alabama could see another surge of COVID-19 in the coming weeks. But a vaccine could be around the coroner, according to the country's top infectious disease expert.

2020-11-12 14:07:51

Alabama's number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise.

2020-11-30 19:56:09

UAB Hospital is caring for 125 COVID-19 patients, which is a new record high.

2020-12-14 15:55:46

As Alabama receives its first allotment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, health officials anticipate challenges distributing the vaccine in rural communities.

2020-12-28 16:34:38

The health department will soon begin its vaccine rollout as UAB drafts a timeline for making the vaccine available to more employees.

2020-11-13 07:49:59

Voters who cast their ballots last week at Horizon Church may have been exposed to COVID-19.

2020-12-01 14:27:22

Alabama will likely receive its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine in January, according to health care experts. It was previously predicted that Alabama would receive the vaccine in December.

2020-12-16 08:59:45

Birmingham-area hospital officials are asking Alabamians to take all possible precautions to stop the spread of the disease, including avoiding holiday gatherings with people who do not live in their households.

2020-11-18 06:00:13

Health experts are warning about gathering with friends and family over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.


2020-10-21 10:03:03

The school system will return to a blended model of instruction, though many families still prefer virtual learning.

2020-11-04 16:44:07

Following the release of a new dashboard, state education officials are optimistic about the number of coronavirus cases in Alabama schools. But challenges remain.

2020-11-09 12:16:14

'History of Us' is touted as the first Black history course of its kind taught in the Tuscaloosa public school system. The course asks students to be historians by researching major themes in Black history and framing those themes locally.

2020-12-02 16:42:22

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the longer schools are disrupted, the more likely kids will suffer academically.

2020-10-01 14:20:50

Longtime educator Mark Sullivan is the new leader of Birmingham City Schools. He's no stranger to the school system and many hope that will keep him around longer than his predecessors.

Race and Culture

2020-11-09 12:16:14

'History of Us' is touted as the first Black history course of its kind taught in the Tuscaloosa public school system. The course asks students to be historians by researching major themes in Black history and framing those themes locally.

2020-11-12 12:44:04

The effort to re-elect U.S. Senator Doug Jones fell short. However, organizers say Black women, who were credited with helping him win the seat in 2017, are preparing for the future.

2020-12-04 11:40:43

Children of color will make up the majority of the child population and the majority of the workforce in Alabama by 2030, according to the 2020 Alabama Kids Count report.

2020-11-16 13:26:26

The podcast from Reckon South digs into the case of Bonita Carter, a 20-year-old Black woman, who was shot and killed outside of a convenience store in 1979.

2020-11-23 09:54:41

“You will never be Christ, but that doesn’t mean that you stop pursuing that Christ-like behavior. What we have to do is be in relentless pursuit of having a positive relationship with the community we serve," said Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith.

Science and Technology

2020-12-27 05:39:37

Hoover High School sophomore Shaams Nur launched Hoover Codes earlier this year. It's a virtual computer programming camp for kids ages 8-12.

Arts and Culture

2020-11-09 09:25:13

The University of Alabama launched its first Black student-led magazine this semester. Nineteen Fifty-Six focuses on issues minority students face on campus and in everyday life.

2020-11-02 11:18:19

Live theater generally means tight quarters for performers and audience. Some Birmingham theater groups are finding ways to make it work in the pandemic.

2020-11-20 14:07:03

A new art exhibit features the work of Jacob Lawrence, widely considered one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century.

2020-10-15 12:42:27

Public health leaders say Halloween celebrations can happen, but with adjustments.

2020-12-22 12:55:34

Since Alabama Audubon's Christmas Bird Count won't happen this year, researchers could miss out on data about bird populations.

2020-12-21 16:00:00

Lashawn Colvin recently opened her very own comic book store in Montgomery, becoming the first known Black woman in the South to do so.

2020-12-17 10:50:09

How do you visit Santa in a pandemic? It's a question retailers, families and Santa himself are dealing with this season.


2020-10-21 11:18:28

This was the first of three public hearings scheduled to review ADEM's permits detailing how coal ash will be managed at various power plants.

2020-11-17 08:41:36

Activist Catherine Coleman Flowers describes her fight for environmental justice in her hometown in a new memoir.

2020-11-18 14:00:57

Life Raft is a new podcast answering questions about climate change and relieving some of the stress that comes along with all of it.


2020-12-21 09:13:04

Eight months after we first spoke, we checked back in with Malcolm Marler, senior director of pastoral care at UAB Medicine.


2020-12-30 16:06:52

The overall crime rate in Birmingham went down compared to last year, but the city’s murder rate increased 13 percent in 2020, according to data from the Birmingham Police Department.