The Public Radio Hour

This weekly mix of special programs and homemade radio features seeks the untold story and digs down deep into idea that matter. And better yet, it's produced in part by our volunteer WLRH Community Newsroom ... and you can be part of the show. Stay tuned for your chance to speak your mind into the Public Microphone! Contact us through the WLRH Community Newsroom web form, and through the WLRH Facebook page. 

Public Radio Hour 'Orion Update, SluiceFest, Funny You Should Ask' 8/11/22

Thursday, August 11, 2022

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we get an update on what's happening at Huntsville's Orion Amphitheater from Orion general manager Ryan Murphy, Invisible City host Brad Posey sits down for a lively converstaion with SluiceFest local music festival organizers Ashleigh Jackson and Christina Nava, and Arts Underground host Katy Ganaway delivers another fun-filled edition of 'Funny You Should Ask' with local comedian Christy Montgomery. 

Public Radio Hour 'Meyer, Lift Every Voice, Young Musicians' 3/24/22

Thursday, March 24, 2022

On this Public Radio Hour, we talk with Marshall Space Flight Center’s new associate director Rae Ann Meyer, learn about the Lift Every Voice and Sing festival, and visit a Music Performance Assessment.

Public Radio Hour 'The CAC, Ogre, Horse Dreams' 3/3/22

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour, Dorrie Nutt brings us some Sundial Writers Corner fun from Danielle Kirkland, as she revisits her dream of being a cowboy. We’ll also hear Katy Ganaway's latest Funny You Should Ask episode, as we meet a hilarious gentleman named, Ogre, who by his own account, likes to ‘kill’ on stage. And as part of her award-winning series called The Hard Part, Katy also talks with Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Council, (known as the CAC) chairperson Jonathon Rossow … 


Public Radio Hour 'History Makes the Future at NASA' 2/24/22

Thursday, February 24, 2022

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour, we meet two African American women playing key roles at Marshall Space Flight Center in helping humankind get back to the Moon, and to Mars. Tawnya Laughinghouse is manager of Technology Demonstration Missions. And Dr. Ruth Jones, is an associate manager for Human Exploration Development & Operations ...

Public Radio Hour "Exploring Huntsville's Civil Rights History' 2/10/22

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

On the February 10th episode of the Public Radio Hour, we explore the importance of African American history in Huntsville. Dr Beth Patin, director of Rocket City Civil Rights, talks about 'cultural competence' and gives us directions for a cool driving tour of local historic sites. NASA's Acting Chief Historian Brian Odom helps us understand the impact of the civil rights movement on Huntsville’s NASA legacy and how it affected Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Public Radio Hour 'A Sundial Christmas' 12/23/21

Thursday, December 23, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we hope to boost your holiday spirit with a special selection of stories from members of our Sundial Writers Corner. We'll hear tales and poems from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham, Rosemary McMahan, Melissa Ford Thornton, Cathie Mayne, Sam Mitchell, Judy Cameron, Rosalind Fellwock.

Public Radio Hour 'STEAMFest 2021 Preview Special' 10/28/21

Thursday, October 28, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we explore the evolution of STEM learning and preview STEAMFest 2021, presented by the Huntsville Science Festival, Saturday October 30th from 10am to 6pm at the Von Braun Center's East Hall. We'll talk with Huntsville Science Festival creator and director Joe Iacuzzo, YouTube star and host of Smarter Every Day Destin Sandlin and Northrop Grumman's K-12 STEM and Workforce Development lead Dr. Erica Hopkins.


Public Radio Hour "The Power of Storytelling" 10/22/21

Friday, October 22, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we explore the power of storytelling through history, music, dance and spoken word. We'll talk with Historic Huntsville Foundation's Donna Castellano about a historical marker dedication honoring six African-American women who worked for voting rights. The dedication is Sunday, October 24th 2pm at William Hooper Councill High Memorial Park in Huntsville.

Public Radio Hour "Artemis w. Dr. Dale Thomas, Chad Emerson, FYSA" (10-14-21)

Thursday, October 14, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour ... we've got our minds on the moon as we talk with retired NASA program manager and UAH eminent scholar Dr. Dale Thomas. Downtown Huntsville Inc CEO Chad Emerson updates us on downtown Huntsville activities, including Artemis on the Square on November 6th. And producer Katy Ganaway delivers another exploration of Huntsville's comedy scene in the latest edition of Funny You Should Ask where we'll meet Elliott White.

Public Radio Hour 'Neil Lamb, Kimberly Wilson, Chamber Music' 9/9/21

Thursday, September 9, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll introduce you to local comedian and co-founder of Shenanigans Comedy Theatre Kimberly Wilson in the latest edition of Funny You Should Ask. Kevin Lay and Erin Huelskamp-Bohn will preview a unique chamber music concert this Sunday at 3pm at Asbury Church titled ‘Palestrina to Poulenc’. And Dr. Neil Lamb, vice president of Educational Outreach at the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology delivers words of wisdom and hope about COVID's Delta variant.

Public Radio Hour 'Amphitheatre, Young Writer, Epic Comedy (7-29-21)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we get the latest on Huntsville's $40-million, 8000 seat amphitheatre, which is finally under construction. We'll also catch up on the latest episode of Funny You Should Ask and meet local comedian and co-creator of Epic Comedy Hour Scott Eason. And we'll shine the light on winners from this year's Huntsville Literary Association Young Writers contest with an award-winning entry from Madeline Rathz.

Public Radio Hour 'Hard Part, Young Writers, HCMG Restarts' (6/10/21)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

On this episode, our award-winning interview series, The Hard Part continues with a talk with David Person of the Rosa Parks Day Committee of Huntsville/Madison about their request that the Department of Justice take a closer look at Huntsville Police Department operations. We’ll also visit with the Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, hear from three winners of the Huntsville Literary Association’s Young Writers Contest.

Public Radio Hour 'Belly Laughs, Opera Fun, Memorable Teachers' 6-3-21

Thursday, June 3, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll laugh along with the latest episode Funny You Should Ask, talk with Ars Nova's Arianna Maloney and Twickenham Fest's Susanna Phillips and make a stop in the Sundial Writers Corner.

Public Radio Hour "Vaccines, Spaceline, Kling, Choral Champs" 4-29-21

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour, producer Dorrie Nutt pays a visit to the 2021 All-State Choral Festival in Huntsville. We'll also talk with Pat Ammons from the US Space and Rocket Center, and Dr. Neil Lamb with the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology answers the latest COVID vaccine questions, and producer Katy Ganaway talks with Councilman Bill Kling about his plans to respond to a public report from the Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Council on aggressive defensive tactics used by local law enforcement during social justice protests in downtown Huntsville, Alabama on June 1 and June 3, 2020.

Public Radio Hour "Rayna Cahill, War and Treaty, JM Ferdinand" 4/22/21

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we hear a new episode of Funny You Should Ask featuring Huntsville comedian Rayna Cahill. We'll also get a preview of Panoply weekend with a conversation from The War and Treaty. And we'll hear about The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers.

Public Radio Hour "Citizen Journalist" 9-3-20

Thursday, September 3, 2020

In this episode, citizen journalists explain the importance of documenting racial injustice; a local photographer talks capturing history through the lens at protests in downtown Huntsville; we reunite two protesters from that rally to hear their experiences; plus a panel discussion on 'trust in media.'

Public Radio Hour "Mountain Lakes, Local Lineup, AI, the Didge" 3-11-21

Thursday, April 1, 2021

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour, we'll hear how businesses and local makers are finding success thanks to north Alabama's amazing trails and lakes. Then, we'll dive deeper and explore how Alabama's workforce is changing and evolving with the rise of automation and artificial intelligence. We'll also continue our local music stage check-ins at Mars Music Hall and we hear about the Local Lineup public concert series. And after all that wandering, we'll end up in The Invisible City drifitng on the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo.

Public Radio Hour "Singing River Trail, Princess Theatre, FOR" 3-11-21

Thursday, March 11, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we’ll connect communities across north Alabama, from Bridgeport to Sheffield, with a massive greenway called Singing River Trail. The Arts Underground is spotlighting Huntsville’s comedy scene with a series called Funny You Should Ask … we’ll relive Brandon Ijames *Eyems* first time on stage. And while our amazing performing arts scene faces continued COVID struggles, people are making it work, and that includes The Princess Theatre in downtown Decatur.

Public Radio Hour "Ghost Stories & Aeolians Evade a Bus Fire" 10-29-20

Thursday, October 29, 2020

In this episode, Theatre Huntsville presents two 'Stories by Ghost Light,' a traditional Scottish tale about lost love found and a story about a collision that was too close for comfort from conductors and producers for the Oakwood University choir, the Aeolians.

Public Radio Hour "Election, Science Fest, New Trail, The Hard Part" 10-22-20

Thursday, October 22, 2020

In this episode, simplifying language for 6 new AL amendments, HPD Capt. DeWayne McCarver & the importance of communication in a new installment of 'The Hard Part,' look toward the future & the Singing River Trail, and geek out with the Huntsville Science Festival.




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