An Alabama broadcasting legend is on his way to the state’s Hall of Fame.
Mel Showers, an news veteran of more than 46 years at WKRG News 5, will be inducted into Alabama’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Birmingham on August 15.
“It’s just because I’m getting up there in age,” Mel humbly joked to News 5’s staff after learning the news.
Showers is identified as a television icon here on the Gulf Coast and comes from humble beginnings.
The Mobile native has lived and worked here most of his life, joining the U.S. Air Force immediately after graduating high school. He would serve honorably as a Military Intelligence Analyst in the Far East, Middle East and other regions of the world.
After returning home from duty, Showers attended Bishop State College. He would soon after be accepted for a news position at WKRG News 5, the only station he’d ever work for.
Showers began his journalism career as a reporter on the street, covering the Gulf Coast’s biggest stories. His beats included the courts, local police, the Alabama Legislature and Mobile City and County Governments.
As his credibility and reputation began to soar, Showers would transition to the anchor desk in 1980, a place he has brought us the news over the last four decades.
“Mel has been a exemplary ambassador for the broadcasting profession and even more so for WKRG,” said WKRG General Manager Mark Bunting. “Mel Showers is a broadcasting icon in this community and in this state.”
Please join us in congratulating the consummate professional, Mel Showers, on his much deserved induction into the Alabama Broadcasters Hall of Fame!