WBHM Wins Eight Alabama AP Awards
WBHM 90.3 FM/WSGN 91.5 FM has won a total of eight 2014 Alabama Associated Press awards and received three honorable mentions. The awards were given for work broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013 and were presented at a luncheon July 19 in Birmingham.
Contributors included team members Andrew Yeager, Dan Carsen, Sarah Delia, Rachel Osier Lindley, Scott Hanley, Larry Lee, Michael Krall, Greg Bass, Courtney Haden and former WBHM News Director Tanya Ott.
WBHM won awards for:
- Best Reporter: Andrew Yeager
- Best Soft-News Feature Story: Sarah Delia, “Restoring the Lyric“
- Best Investigative Reporting: Tanya Ott, Long Forgotten,16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor Speaks Out
- Best Series: Dan Carsen, Birmingham Schools, Takeover To Today
- Best Specialized Reporter: Dan Carsen, Education Reporting
- Best Use of Tape: Dan Carsen, Joseph Walter, Doing Much More Than Surviving
- Best Commentator or Editorialist: Larry Lee, Andrew Yeager, Larry Lee: Courage in Unlikely Places
- Extraordinary Coverage of a Scheduled Event: Sarah Delia and Andrew Yeager, 50th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
- Honorable Mention, Best Coverage of a Spot News Story: Dan Carsen, Hostage Situation Weighs on Midland City, Alabama
- Honorable Mention, Best Public Affairs or Documentary: Greg Bass, Courtney Haden, Scott Hanley, Michael Krall, Rachel Osier Lindley, Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church – The Case for Justice
- Honorable Mention, Best Hard-News Feature Story: Andrew Yeager, Judge Approves Jefferson County Bankruptcy Exit
This is just the latest group of awards WBHM has received in 2014. Earlier this year, WBHM was awarded more regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards than any other station in the large market radio category winning eight individual awards. The Murrow Awards are presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
WBHM reporter and Morning Edition host Andrew Yeager was recognized for his body of work throughout 2013 with the 2014 Judges Award of Merit for Large Market Reporter from the Alabama Broadcasters Association, and WBHM Education Reporter Dan Carsen received The Education Writers Association’s Second Place Prize for Beat Reporting.
“WBHM is committed to sharing the stories of North Central Alabama as we work to inform citizens, build a better community, and enrich the cultural environment,” said Scott Hanley, the station’s general manager. “We appreciate the recognition of WBHM’s team, which is also a salute to our listeners and supporters who make award-winning journalism possible for our community every day.”