On July 15, 2011 at noon a new chapter began for Another View. Because of state budget cuts it became necessary to discontinue the program on TV, instead moving it to 89.5 WHRV-FM. The show expanded to an hour and continues its mission to “discuss the issues and celebrate the successes of the African American community”.
From February 5, 2008 until July 1, 2011, Another View aired weekly on WHRO-TV as a weekly 30 minute show, addressing issues specific to the vibrant African American community of Hampton Roads – but important and of interest to everyone.
In September 2007, we engaged sixty leaders from the African American community, and an Advisory Group was created that met to discus the kind of programming the community wanted and needed. Out of those conversations, a concept evolved: a weekly, magazine-type broadcast with studio interviews and stories produced in the field, covering a variety of topics, including serious discussion of significant issues facing the community, and a field produced segment of something positive in the community. This advisory group continues to assist our radio broadcast.
Another View is produced and hosted by veteran journalist/broadcaster Barbara Hamm Lee, WHRO’s Creative Services Officer, responsible for the marketing and promotion of WHRO. Barbara has served in this capacity since July, 2011. Prior to that Barbara held the positions of Chief Communications Officer, Chief Public Affairs Officer, and Chief Community Engagement Officer with WHRO. She is the executive producer and host of Another View, and also serves as back-up host for HearSay, the award winning noon talk show heard on 89.5WHRV-FM.
Prior to joining WHRO, Barbara served as Director of Corporate Communications for Communications Technologies, Inc., Chantilly, Virginia. She has also directed the Office of Communications of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department, and was owner of Hamm & Fox Communications, Inc., a
media relations firm based in Norfolk specializing in crisis media management, media training, marketing and community outreach. Throughout her career, she has been a media consultant to commercial institutions, military and non-profit organizations in and around Hampton Roads. She is a former Director of Station Relations and News Director for WTKR TV, the CBS affiliate in the Hampton Roads area. Barbara began her media career with the NBC affiliate WBAL-TV in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She also served in management positions for television stations in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA.
Barbara is very active in the community, currently serving as a board member for the Hermitage Museum, Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk Education Foundation and the YWCA-SHR. She was appointed by the Norfolk City Council as a Commissioner for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing (NRHA) in 2010. She was appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia Fire Services Board (2007-2009); and is a former board member of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia, Youth Entertainment Studios and the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation. Barbara was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA in 2010.
Barbara proudly received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bennett College in 1978 (summa cum laude). She is a member of Queen Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, is married to Maxie A. Lee, and has two daughters and a granddaughter. She enjoys reading, public speaking, and spending time with family and friends.
Another View’s co- producer is Lisa Godley, a former reporter and anchor for WTKR TV and WLKY in Louisville, KY. She was news director of WQQK, a commercial radio station in Nashville TN. She is the 2006 recipient of the John T. Hanna Award for outstanding achievement in Media Awareness; the 2006 Journalism Award from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation; and was an Excel Award Finalist in 2005.