Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth is a one hour program produced by the independent public radio and podcast group Humankind. The program examines the life of Wells who emerged as a powerful investigative journalist after the civil war. She was one of the firsts to publish documented accounts of lynhcings across the country. Guest commentary is provided by N.Y.

Local School Closings & Delays

Feb 6, 2020

The threat for severe weather on Thursday has prompted some local school systems to delay the start of classes or to close.

Here is the latest list:

Montgomery Public Schools – open at 10 AM

*MPS buses are scheduled to be at bus pickup locations at 8:30 AM

Alabama State University – open at 11AM

Tallapoosa County Schools – open at 10 AM

Lowndes Academy – open at 10 AM

Valiant Cross Academy – open at 10 AM

LEAD Academy – open at 10 AM

Hooper Academy – open at 10 AM

Prattville Christian Academy – open at 10AM

WVAS welcomes Alternative Radio

Feb 3, 2020

Alternative Radio, a weekly one hour public affairs program, has been added to the program lineup at WVAS and debuts tonight at 6 p.m. The program is hosted by award-winning journalist David Barsamian and covers issues that are rarely discussed on the corporate media stage. Tonight's guest will be Rev. William Barber, a political activist and member of the national board of the National Associaiton of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Find out more about Alternative Radio at

Jazz Hall of Famer, Mr. Fred Wesley recently had a phone interview with WVAS program director Jay Holcey detailing his ties to WVAS and Alabama State University. The insightful interview details his time working with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s and how he got his start with Parliament-Funkadelic. Wesley's love for the trombone still remains consistent and he reassures Holcey that he still has his pipes. Production for this documentary wraps mid February, stay tuned for the documentary to listen to the full interview.


  Former Montgomery police officer Aaron “Cody” Smith has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and must pay court costs and restitution.

Smith was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of manslaughter for the 2016 shooting death of 59-year-old Gregory Gunn. The charge of manslaughter is a Class B Felony with a sentencing range punishable between two and 20 years.


On January 19, Auburn police have arrested 23-year-old Anfernee Williams, of Montgomery, on felony warrants charging him with drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and firearm license required.

Sunday night, an Auburn police officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 600 Block of Opelika Road.

Upon approaching the vehicle and contacting the driver, identified as Williams, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana and observed partially smoked marijuana inside the vehicle.

Thursday evening the Montgomery County School Board held a public hearing, to consider the proposal for Life Academy Charter School.

Board members, citizens, and City Councilor Audrew Graham heard overwhelming support the school, which would be Montgomery’s second charter school if approved.

School leaders say they are in the final stages of purchasing the former St. Jude school building, cafeteria, and gym.

LIFE academy stands for Leaders Influencing Freedom & Excellence, and school leaders say they will take a holistic approach to education.

Friday Night Lights Championship Edition

Dec 13, 2019

With all the eaves and flows of a football season to make it to the championship game is an accomplishment in its own. However, winning the Chip is something these young men can and will cherish for a lifetime.

With that being said let’s take a look at the winners of all 7 state champions from the state of Alabama.

On Wednesday December 4th Thompson got sweet revenge from a loos in the prior year in the same game beating powerhouse Central Phenix City in Body Bag fashion 40-14 to capture the 7A State championship.

  A woman has been charged after police say she fired gunshots into a family members’ vehicle while they were inside.

Montgomery Police Capt. Regina Duckett says Shontaea Heard, 38, is charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Duckett says the charges are related to a domestic incident which happened Wednesday around 9 a.m. in the 2300 block of Chestnut Street. The victim, a man, told police a family member fired the gunshots into his vehicle.

The victim was not injured, according to Duckett.

Friday Night Lights Week 4 Playoff Review

Dec 3, 2019
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The semi-Finals of the Alabama High School Football Playoffs are done which means the championships for all 7 classes are set. But before we let you know who plays who lets recap what took place over the weekend in the semi-final match-ups.

We get started with Mobile Christian’s unexpected run to the championship game as they beat T.R. Miller 41-21, Central of Clay County shuts out Mortimer Jordan 27-0, and in a very good and exciting game Reeltown keeps their hopes for another title alive as they narrowly edge out Leroy 29-28, and Jacksonville blows out Anniston 34-13.