Eli Gold may be the voice of Alabama Football, but Stephanie Plumb is the voice behind 92.5 FM UA Info Radio, on-hold phone recordings and other critical University messages.
Plumb fell into broadcast radio by chance — she was earning her master’s degree in English literature at The University of Alabama at Birmingham when a job posting for an on-air radio host piqued her interest. No experience needed, Plumb recalled, but that one position changed the course of her career.
“I got a phone call, which led to an interview, which led to a trial run on the air, and then I ended up getting the job,” Plumb said. “That was 10 years ago, and I haven’t looked back.”
Plumb returned to UA, where she got her bachelor’s degree, in February 2019 as a broadcast communications specialist, and was tasked with preparing and planning content segments for the University’s new radio station 92.5 FM. The station went on to launch in April 2019 and has continued to be a successful outlet for UA news, emergency response, game day information and creative content.
It was a learning curve, Plumb said, going from on-air host to planning and preparing an entire station. However, it is the creative outlet she needed. She has worked with UA President Stuart R. Bell and Vice President for Student Life Myron Pope, among others, for segments that make the station both an informative and entertaining resource for the community.
“I love the creative freedom and the ability to connect with so many people across campus,” she said. “UA Info Radio is first and foremost a public safety station, but we can’t just turn a radio station on during an emergency and then shut it off again. When we aren’t operating under an emergency, we air content that highlights programs the University offers, explores the history of our University, and praises the achievements of our students, faculty and staff. We also share traffic and construction updates and information about events happening on campus.”
Beyond 92.5 FM, Plumb is the voice behind the University’s on-hold messaging system, where she includes monthly updates, interview segments and more. During the pandemic, Plumb has maintained up-to-date COVID-19 information through the radio station. Her dedication to the University is why the department of communications within the Division of Strategic Communications nominated Plumb for Everyday Champions.
Shane Dorrill, assistant director of communications, media relations and safety communications, said the radio station wouldn’t be where it is today without Plumb’s creative content.
“It’s obvious that Stephanie comes to work each day wanting to make the University a better place,” Dorrill said. “Whether she’s writing scripts, recording voiceovers, conducting interviews or producing content, her love for her work and for the University shines through.”
About Everyday Champions
UA is home to champions both on and off the field and in and out of the classroom. Everyday Champions are staff and faculty members who work behind the scenes to keep the campus running, show enthusiasm for supporting the UA campus, faculty, staff and students and embody the UA spirit of pride, determination and ingenuity. Submit an Everyday Champion you know to be considered for a feature.