Listen to Richard Dixon and Valerie Vining every weekday from 6-10 am on Talk 99.5!
Richard Dixon has been a fixture in Birmingham radio since 1994. Starting on the popular “Mason and Dixon Morning Show” on Rock 99.5, he’s happy to be back home in morning drive on his favorite frequency. He’s also been heard on 1070 WAPI, 96.5 WHTQ in Orlando, Florida, WIND-FM in Gainesville, Florida and on a variety of commercials and industrial recordings all over the world.
Dixon is unlike any other Talk host. One minute, he’s breaking down complicated economic problems, the next he’s explaining why Ringo Starr is a much better drummer than people think. He’s as likely to take the legislature to task as he is to teach you how to make a great marinara. In his spare time (what there is), Richard takes care of two rambunctious rescue dogs, plays guitar in a blues band and drums in a 50’s band. He is also involved in several competitive BBQ contests with his team, the Reservoir Hogs. To call him a unique personality is an understatement.
Valerie Vining has been part of the Birmingham radio landscape for more than 30 years. She was born in Coral Gables, Florida and graduated from The University of Alabama where she was a scholarship athlete. Valerie’s radio career began at WJRD in Tuscaloosa where she quickly climbed the ladder and moved to Birmingham to handle midday duties as Gail O’Brien on heritage radio station “I-95” WAPI. She survived many format changes on the 94.5 FM frequency as it evolved over 20 years from WAPI-FM to WMXQ Mix 94.5, Soft Rock 94.5 and is today WJOX 94.5 FM.
Valerie accepted a new challenge in the news department as an anchor at Cumulus Media and at the same time was the midday talent on 99.5 FM NASH-ICON. She soon became News Director for the cluster in Birmingham overseeing the day to day operations for a number of years. In December of 2020 she was delighted to be teamed up with morning show host, and good friend, Matt Murphy for the “Matt & Val” Show. Valerie has filled about every role available over her many years in the industry. In December of 2021 she was promoted to Program Director of Talk 995 and can be heard weekday mornings from 6-10am on Talk 995 with Richard Dixon on the “Dixon & Vining” Show.
Valerie enjoys playing golf and spends her vacations along the Gulf Coast and the mountains of western North Carolina. She is married, has a teen son and enjoys spending time with her mini Australian Shepard named “Lucy”.