The TV series, “Afterhours: Live from the Red Cat Birmingham” will return to the airwaves in January 2014. Each weekly program features a nationally known singer-songwriter as they perform acoustic pop and folk music at the Red Cat Coffee House in Birmingham, Alabama, an intimate venue providing TV viewers a front row seat.
The half-hour programs will be broadcast on WVUA-TV Saturday nights at 10:30 and Sunday nights at 9:30 starting January 11th and 12th. The programs will also be broadcast on Alabama Public Television Monday nights at 10:00 beginning January 13th.
The series is produced by the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio, a service department of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The department was founded in 1955 to produce programming for the newly-formed network of public television stations in Alabama and it has continued to produce award-winning programs for public television to this day. In recent years it has also produced programming for the University of Alabama’s TV stations, WVUA and WUOA.
“Afterhours: Live from the Red Cat Birmingham” was introduced to viewers of WVUA and WUOA in 2013. The January 13th broadcast on Alabama Public Television will be the premiere of the series for the audience served by APT’s nine stations covering the state of Alabama.
Programs are recorded at the Red Cat Coffee House located at 2901 2nd Ave S. in Birmingham. The Red Cat was voted “Best Coffeehouse in Birmingham” for 2012, according to an al.com poll. It is located in the renovated Martin Biscuit Building, part of the Pepper Place district in Lakeview.
The Red Cat Coffee House is a farm-direct importer and roaster of specialty-grade coffee. It is quickly becoming one of the premiere locales for the nation’s best acoustic singer-songwriters to showcase their talents.
Production of the programs at the Red Cat offers University of Alabama students an opportunity to gain valuable on the job experience working alongside professional staff.
WVUA and WUOA are two TV stations operated by the University of Alabama. WVUA channel 7 covers the Tuscaloosa area. WUOA channel 23 covers the Birmingham television market which includes a large portion of central Alabama. Both stations air the same programming and are identified on-air as WVUA which was the first of the two stations to begin broadcasting.
Alabama Public Television is a statewide network of nine stations operated by the state of Alabama. It was America’s first public television network and has broadcast programs which educate, inform, and enrich the lives of the people of Alabama since 1955.