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Greg Budell calls himself a “Newsjock”- melding his years of morning music radio experience into the traditional talk radio format. The results are 2 daily shows that defy categorization- exactly what he wants to accomplish. A 4-time ABBY (Alabama Broadcasters Association Award) winner, Greg is in his 13th year on the air in Montgomery, following almost 25 years of success in Miami as a morning show host and (award winning) newsman. Greg has also worked on all 3 networks owned by Chicago affiliates- where he started his career- including the legendary WLS. While cutting his radio teeth in 70s Chicago, Greg also served as a PR coordinator for Styx, and is proudly listed on 3 of their best selling albums. Greg’s Facebook

Jay Scott was born and raised in the River Region. He’s lived in Prattville his entire life. He attended Autauga Academy starting in kindergarten and ended up graduating from there in 1997 as Valedictorian. After that, he stayed in the River Region and lived at home while attending AUM. He wasn’t really sure what he was going to do, but after his first year in college he started pointing his direction towards broadcasting. In the meantime he had a summer job at an armored car service and then eventually got his first regular job working for a movie theater in Eastdale Mall. Eventually, in September of 2000, he walked through the doors of WBAM and he’s been in that building ever since. On the personal side, he’s a big ol’ dork. He loves comic books, video games, gadgets, and movies. When he isn’t at the radio station he’s either in a movie theater or in front of a video game. We’re not even kidding. It kind of worries us. For food, the guy can’t get enough fried okra and would like us to tell you that if you have any you are more than welcome to bring it to the station. Jay’s Facebook

Emily Hayes was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. No Okie from Muskogee here, she’s spent the majority of her years on this earth in the great state of Alabama. Sure, there were a few times she thought living elsewhere would be fun, but Alabama has always been her home. Emily got her start in radio back in 2008 in Mobile, AL. While in Mobile, she co-founded SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival, the only festival of its kind in the nation. SouthSounds focuses on booking up and coming southern musicians which is something Emily is very passionate about. Emily moved to the River Region in the summer of 2016 and is looking forward to bringing the same kind of passion and energy to events in Montgomery as she did to those in Mobile. Emily’s Facebook

Rich Thomas has been broadcasting the weather in the River Region for 39 years Rich became an avid weather enthusiast at the young age of 9, growing up on the shores of Lake Erie in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, just west of Cleveland. In 2007, The National Weather Service presented Rich with the Mark Trail Award “for saving lives and property through the promotion of NOAA Weather Radio.” He is a three time winner of the Associated Press Best Weathercaster award, most recently in 2011. Rich received an honor’s scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Journalism. Later he received his meteorological education at Mississippi State University. Rich came to Montgomery in 1977 to work at WHHY/Y-102 radio Among his duties, were disc jockey, music director and weathercaster. He came to WSFA 12 in August of 1981 as weekend meteorologist and P.M. Magazine co-host. He became Chief Meteorologist duties in 1983. Rich is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. His weathercasts bear the Meteorological Seal of Approval of The National Weather Association. Rich’s Facebook