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WLRH, Huntsville’s NPR station, celebrates 40 years on the air

WLRH 89.3 FM is located on the campus of UAH in Huntsville.

WLRH 89.3 FM is located on the campus of UAH in Huntsville.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville institution is celebrating its 40th anniversary today.  WLRH 89.3, our city’s National Public Radio station, starting broadcasting on October 13, 1976.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle visited the station Thursday as part of their celebration.  He issued a proclamation calling today ‘WLRH Day.’

Image: WLRH.org

Image: WLRH.org

WLRH is currently holding its annual Fall Fund Drive to raise money to keep free public radio on the airwaves.  It depends solely on listener and community support.  You can make a donation by calling (256) 895-9574 or online at aptv.org/wlrhsupport.  You can also drop by the station in person, on the campus of UAH. The pledge goal is $100,000.

WHNT News 19 wishes our friends at WLRH a very happy 40th birthday!

By the way, WLRH also invites you to “An Evening With Sarah Vowell” on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall.  Here are more details on Facebook, and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.

Enjoy an evening of history, humor and discussion with best-selling author, actor and This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell. Sarah will read selections from her books and take questions from the audience. A book sale and signing will be held afterwards.