Talk 99.5 News Department

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News Director – Valerie Vining

Valerie Vining was born in Coral Gables, Florida. She graduated from The University of Alabama, where she was a member of the Alabama Women’s Tennis Team and a graduate assistant coach.

Valerie got her start in radio at WJRD in Tuscaloosa which became Z102 FM. From there she moved to Birmingham to take on the duties as the midday host on “I-95” as Gail O’Brien and remained on the 94.5 FM frequency for more than twenty years. Valerie moved into the position as News Director for Cumulus Media in Birmingham in the summer of 2008 teaming up with Host Matt Murphy on WAPI-AM.

Valerie is married, has a 10 year old son and lives in Hoover, AL. She loves to play golf, scuba dive, spend summers on the Gulf Coast and in the western mountains of North Carolina with her family. She also passionately follows her beloved Alabama Crimson Tide!

Twitter: @ValerieVining


Assistant News Director – Tim Melton

Tim Melton grew up in Gardendale, Alabama. He is a UAB graduate with a degree in broadcast communications. Tim began his radio career at Birmingham’s ESPN 97.3 The Zone. He then moved to Orlando, Florida to work for News 96.5 WDBO and ESPN 580. Tim returned to Birmingham in 2015 as a morning anchor for the Alabama Radio Network, broadcasting on over 60 radio stations throughout the state. Tim is a Southeastern Journalism Conference award winning radio reporter and enjoys spending his spare time going to movies with his wife, Felecia. He is also a co-host of Jox Primetime on Jox 94.5.

Twitter: @MeltonTalks


News Reporter – Sydney Hardiman

Sydney grew up in Kimberly, Alabama. She graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in broadcast communications and political science. Sydney started at Talk 99.5 as a news intern while in college, and then upon graduation started working as a producer. She eventually made her way back to the news department as an afternoon anchor for Talk 99.5. Sydney has a passion for photography, and capturing small moments in a person’s life that will last a lifetime. When she isn’t at the station or taking photos, Sydney can be found at her Crossfit gym, or at a local coffee shop grabbing a cup of coffee.

Twitter: @sydney_hardiman