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Hurricane Sally: Closings & Cancellations

Sep 16, 2020

  Hurricane Sally is prompting closings and cancellations in our area. This is the latest list from Alabama News Network. We will be updating this list, so check back often.

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June 9 WVAS to honor the memory of George Floyd

Jun 8, 2020

     On Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m., WVAS joins radio stations nationwide to play Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," in commemoration of the life of George Floyd. Floyd’s gruesome killing May 25 has been the focus of international protests. Many communities are struggling with the issues raised by his death, including racial injustice and police misconduct.

WVAS, the Voice of Alabama State University received a best in broadcasting award at the 2020 ABBY awards dinner; which was held at The Club Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, March 7. News reporter and talk show host Robb Taylor and news director Melanie Hogan received an ABBY award for Best Medium Market Talk Show. This is the seventh consecutive year that the weekly talk show 90.7 Perspectives has received recognition for being one of Alabama's best in broadcasting.

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.

     A federal appeals court is being asked to toss a lawsuit that had accused Alabama lawmakers of racially discrimination due to a law that blocked the majority-black city of Birmingham from raising its minimum wage. At issue in arguments scheduled Tuesday before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a 2016 statute requiring every city in Alabama to have the same minimum wage. Lawmakers passed the law after Birmingham's city council voted to increase the city's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The state law effectively nullified the planned increase.

   The contest to see who will be the Republican nominee for House District 74 in Montgomery is going to a runoff. After yesterday’s election, in very light balloting, Charlotte Meadows gathered 44 percent of the vote, while second place finisher Michael Fritz took in 22 percent. The four other candidates, Jesse Heifner, Daniel Sparkman, Tobias Grant and Jay King accrued 12, 11, 7 and 4 percent, respectively. Meadows and Fritz are set for a runoff on August 27. The winner of the runoff faces Democrat Rayford Mack in the general election Nov 12.

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   Lilly Baptist Church in Montgomery is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Thomas E. Jordan. From a very young age, Jordan has known what he wanted to do with his life. He was baptized at 11 years old by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. At 18, he accepted his call to ministry. After receiving his Bachelor Degree at Morehouse College, he served as an assistant to the late Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy.

Terrell Owens Alumni Basketball Game this Saturday

May 30, 2019
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   Some well-known sports figures are participating in the 3rd annual Terrell Owens Alumni Basketball Game coming this Saturday, June 1, to Alabama State University. The matchup is being billed as Alex City versus Coosa and some of the participants include Jamario Moon, Justin Tuck, Gerald Wallace, Randy Moss, Scottie Vines and Adalius Thomas. T

Roy Wood Jr. a guest at the WVAS anniversary event

May 21, 2019

     WVAS is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Saturday, June 15th.  As part of the occasion, the station will honor Dr. John F. Knight for his tenacity in making the station a reality.  The station is also paying tribute to former long-time commentator, Roy Wood Sr., for his contributions to the station as well as the broadcasting profession. His son, Roy Wood Jr., renowned comedian and social commentator, will be on hand to make remarks on behalf of his father. Wood Jr. is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah.

   It turns out a fatal weekend shooting and deadly traffic accident have a connection. Montgomery police say the man killed in the crash was a suspect in the shooting. A release from police says a man arrived at Jackson Hospital Friday night with a life-threatening gunshot wound. He succumbed to his injuries the next day. The release identified him as 40 year old Daniel McCall of Montgomery. Police say he had been shot at a gathering in the 800 block of Barnes Street after an altercation with 42 year old Eric Bouyer of Prattville.

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