Will Dahlberg promoted to executive director of WBHM

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After two stints as interim executive director and GM of WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., Will Dahlberg has taken the job on a permanent basis.  


The public radio station’s licensee, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, announced the appointment Thursday. Dahlberg succeeds Ann Alquist, who left the organization in January.

Dahlberg joined WBHM in 2013 as membership manager. He moved up to deputy director in 2018 and returned to that job after his first stint as interim executive director.

In addition to leading the station, Dahlberg now also oversees the Gulf States Newsroom, the journalism collaboration among NPR, WBHM, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, WWNO in New Orleans, and WRKF in Baton Rouge, La.

Dahlberg’s “passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken said in a press release. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”

“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg said in the release. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”

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