Buzz in Birmingham

New four-part series explores non-profits in the Birmingham area that are making a difference in the community.


Buzz creator and producer Michael Hemphill

Buzz creator and producer Michael Hemphill

A few years back, Birmingham native Michael Hemphill had the idea to that he could help non-profit organizations be more successful. Hemphill lived in Virginia at the time, and there he created a program called BUZZ which gave non-profits television exposure along with a marketing makeover facilitated by local advertisers. Now, after three very successful years in Virginia, Hemphill has brought BUZZ back to his home with BUZZ in Birmingham, a 4-part series airing Friday nights on APT.

Episode one of BUZZ in Birmingham shares the mission of COSPO (Children of Slain Police Officers), a non-profit organization that provides financial support for children of police officers killed in the line of duty. Through COSPO, a fallen police officer’s children will have their college expenses paid for to ensure opportunities for their future. BUZZ in Birmingham tells the stories of Sergeant WyTasha Carter, Officer Robert Bennett, and the families they tragically left behind. Sgt. Carter died in 2019 trying to arrest a suspect. His son, Taylin Carter, is now a sophomore at the University of Alabama through the COSPO program. Officer Robert Bennett, killed in 2004 along with two other officers, also died trying to arrest a suspect. Bennett’s daughter Caroline graduated from the University of Alabama and is now pursuing her master’s at Samford. Taylin and Caroline’s interviews both speak to their fathers’ memories and how they will continue to pursue higher education in honor of their fathers’ legacies.

Upcoming episodes of BUZZ in Birmingham tell the stories of:
● Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank, which each month distributes more than 150,000 free diapers and other essential products to 3,300 low-income families in Central Alabama.
● Studio by the Tracks, a studio and gallery for artists with autism, providing a social network and career path that enriches artists’ lives and betters the community.
● Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, a community development and advocacy organization that champions economic equality, civic engagement, and social justice for Latino families.

“From arts and culture, homelessness, literacy, outdoors recreation, suicide prevention, intellectual disabilities, even college athletics, nonprofits make our communities stronger and richer,” says Hemphill, BUZZ creator and host. “I’m thrilled to be back home and feature the mission of these four incredible nonprofits and provide them with more buzz.” Hemphill worked with a team from his alma mater, Birmingham-Southern College, to produce the shows. Funding for the production comes in part from the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation. Martin Advertising and Swell Fundraising provide the pro bono marketing “buzz” in the shows.

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