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A website launches for 2013 commemoration

birmingham13.com screenshotSomething that hasn’t been talked about very much – at least publicly – are the plans to commemorate 50 years passing since the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in September 1963. A visit to the city of Birmingham’s official website now provides you with a link to one major source of information about those plans.

Birmingham13.com is the official website for the commemoration, reminding those who visit that it was part of “the movement that changed the world.” According to the site’s city plans page, there will be a traveling exhibition (called “The Civil Rights/Sister Cities Traveling Exhibition”) visiting five sister cities highlighting their contributions: Selma, AL; Washington, D.C.; Jackson, MS; Columbia, South Carolina; and Memphis, TN. (Montgomery, AL is listed on the site as well though the original National Press Club announcement from January did not include the city.) The site also suggests that the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail will be expanded (it would be the second time that the trail was expanded and the first instance since late 2010) in addition to plans for a humanities conference and a three-day festival in September. You can also watch the video of Mayor Bell’s remarks at the National Press Club on the site’s “Sharing” page.

It contains a calendar section as well that will most likely be updates with events being organized by other organizations and institutions as details are finalized.

Screenshot: birmingham13.com home page.

Are you ready to Trek Birmingham?

screenshot of TrekBirmingham.comA couple of weeks ago Birmingham-Southern College and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama joined forces with other organizations to launch a new website geared at makes residents and visitors to the city more aware of the opportunities around them to enjoy the state’s  natural environment.

TrekBirmingham.com was built by local design firm Scout Branding. The official release announcing the site’s launch back on May 10 points out that six locations are currently included in the project, with another four “treks” to be added in the next phase.

The site will take the opportunity to educate its captive audience about just how the city and its residents can and should relate to nature with maps showing things like the area’s geology and biodiversity, making the site an invaluable educational resource.

Good People is Good Beer… according to GOOD Magazine

Map of GOOD Beer. Courtesy of GOOD MagazineGood People Brewing Company (GPB) was recently recognized as Alabama’s representative in GOOD Magazine’s list of the most popular microbrews in the United States.

The United States of GOOD Beer highlighted the best microbrew option in each of the 50 states. Every state was represented – except for Idaho.

GPB also celebrated a joyous moment last week Friday. Folks visiting  some area groceries and restaurants in Birmingham and Huntsville were finally able to enjoy the Birmingham-based microbrewery’s Brown and IPA in cans.

One of the cool things about the availability of the six-packs available is the 6-pack holders they’re being distributed with. They’re developed by PakTech, a company out of Oregon that was interviewed back in August by CraftCans.com about the design of the holders.

The holders are made of HDPE, a #2 plastic that is accepted at the Alabama Environmental Center‘s recycling station downtown.

Infographic: courtesy of GOOD Magazine.

United Way launches new online initiative

iamunited.org screenshotThe United Way of Central Alabama has launched a new online initiative inspired by the national organization’s long-running “Live United” campaign.

The new “I am United” website presents a new way for the UWCA to “promote opportunity and engagement among those who want to help” while leveraging Facebook accounts.

Visitors must log in using their Facebook account to fully engage with the site, allowing them to potentially cross-post ways they’re engaging in the community, earn badges to let others know about their level of participation and learn about volunteer opportunities via an events calendar. You’ll also be able to nominate “champions.”

It does not replace the organization’s official website, which currently reminds us that they reached their 2010 goal by raising more than $37.2 million. The organization has also re-branded their YouTube and Twitter profile accordingly.

Saying hello to The Mountain!

The Mountain - official logoIt appears there were a lot of people sitting at computers across metro Birmingham at 12 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

They were all waiting to hear what the first song ever broadcast digitally by The Mountain would be. We can’t blame them; we’ve been waiting since this post appeared in early November.

By the way, it was Mountain Song by Jane’s Addiction. They’ve been praising the station via Twitter since

In the last 30+ hours we’ve seen several more pieces shared online about the new station. Matt Cuthbert over at al.com provides an overview of what got us to yesterday’s launch of the city’s latest internet-only radio station. It includes links to posts on BirminghamMommy.com and Birmingham Weekly about the effort and the first twelve songs played on the station. Bob Carlton wrote up his own overview of the station’s launch for his Birmingham News column.

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MyScoop expands into Nashville

bhamscoopFellow Birmingham-based online publication My Scoop announced this morning that they have launched a second site for Nashville, TN. The website launched in 2007 and currently receives 9,426 monthly page visits from the Music City, leading to My Scoop Media, Inc. CEO Amy Lemley Bailey‘s decision to formally expand into Tennessee.

Bailey expressed excitement in the press release announcing the launch of the new website stating that “We are thrilled to provide Nashville with the most current information about fashion, beauty, posh living and entertainment in their area.”

Image: courtesy of myscoop.us

Fox 6 unveils new website


Screenshot for new MyFoxAL.com

The new look for the WBRC – Fox 6 website appears to be a little more streamlined than its predecessor.

One thing noticeable on under the About Us > Personalities section of the site is the absence of the profiles for Chris Montana, one of the 10 employees that were let go by the Birmingham, AL Fox affiliate late last week. I’ll also say that it was weird not to see morning traffic reporter Brooke Allen’s profile either…

The station’s celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.