Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa News Director and Tuscaloosa native Don Hartley has two lengthy careers under his belt. 22 years in radio and television news and sports journalism and 23 years as a county and state emergency manager. Don also worked as a press aide to former Alabama Governor Guy Hunt and U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton. Don marched four years in the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and did the stadium announcing for the band for 16 years. His attachment to UA also extended to being the radio play-by-play announcer for Crimson Tide Baseball and Women’s Basketball. He also served as public address announcer for Bama Gymnastics. For several years, Don did radio and television play-by-play for high school football and basketball, including Central’s 2007 4-A AHSAA Championship Game at Legion Field in Birmingham. In February, Don earned the Alabama Broadcasters Association ABBY as "Best Midsize Market News Reporter". He has also won multiple Associated Press recognition for both quality news and sports broadcasting. Don is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.
West Alabama Pandemic 1st Time Jobless Claims Up Again
3,546 unemployment claims were filed in West Alabama’s 11 counties as the pandemic devastated economy staggers on.
Wearing a Mask Key to COVID-19 Safety
Wearing a mask is an outward sign of an individual who wants to participate in the management and control of the coronavirus in the community.
NOAA Forecasts An Above-Average Hurricane Season
NOAA is forecasting a 60-percent chance of an above-average hurricane season. The forecast calls for 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes.
Memorial Day Could Be More than a Day at the Beach
Large crowds and packed beaches translate into dollars for restaurants, hotel and motel proprietors, condo owners and amusement operators and possible a conduit for COVID-19.
New UA App to Help Officers Interact with Mentally Ill
“Many of our officers aren’t prepared to communicate with people who may be suicidal, or high on drugs, like opioids" according to Dr. Hee Yun Lee at UA.
Golden Flake Parent Company Negotiating Sale
Golden Flake Potato Chips, once half of the 'Great Pair Says the Bear' combination with Coca Cola is up for sale again along with its parent company Utz.
Tuscaloosa County Congressional Reps Split Heroes Act Vote
West Alabama Democrat Congresswoman Terri Sewell was the only member of the state’s Republican dominated U.S. House delegation to vote for Heroes Act.
Gov. Ivey Declares ‘This health crisis is not behind us’
There have been businesses, especially bars, willing to take a chance and pack in more customers than allowed in an attempt to make-up for a month of lost profits.
COVID-19 Testing Ramping Up Across West Alabama
Alabama Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris among the many healthcare voices pointing to how critical testing is to identify those who have contracted COVID-19.
Tuscaloosa County Schools Extend Two Job Offers
The Tuscaloosa County School Board has extended an offer to be the next superintendent to Dr. Keri Johnson. It is contingent upon the board reaching a contract agreement.