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FRIDAY NIGHT PLANS ALERT: Join WHQR at Whole Foods Market for "Wine Not...It's Friday!"

WHQR has been chosen as the beneficiary of this month’s "Wine Not...It's Friday" event this Friday at Whole Foods Market! Join WHQR DJs, staff and other members and listeners to sample wonderful wine and food pairings throughout the store on Friday, July 29 from 6 – 8pm.

Your $5 donation at the door will benefit WHQR and get you in for some of Whole Foods' best wine selections.

See you there!

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Historical Fiction is the closest we can get to being a fly on the wall in the past. Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler explores the misunderstandings and the value of historical fiction writing.

 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Back in 2009, the New Hanover County Human Relations Department was shut down due to budget cuts.  Now, the county is joining forces with the City of Wilmington to reach out to the public in a new way.  Vice-Chairman Jonathan Barfield hopes the new Community Relations Advisory Committee will help improve relations between citizens and cops.

Barfield says the sheriff and police chief are doing a great job communicating with the public, but he still sees work to be done.  This view is supported, in part, by some recent interactions between his family and local law enforcement:

WHQR held its 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 21. The Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board members, staff and WHQR audiences came together to celebrate a great year and to set the stage for 2017. 

Opportunity: The News Director of WHQR Public Radio is head of the News Department and will supervise the station’s news coverage in all media. Together with the Program Manager and Station Manager, the News Director will determine News Department policy in light of the station’s overall mission, and ensure that news offerings reflect the highest standards of audio production, journalistic ethics and public service using NPR’s best practices as a model.

A Wilmington-based organization called Thumos Project is a group of veterans and civilians dedicated to assisting veterans and their families. One aspect of support offered is Agri-therapy, with the aim of creating sustainable development through agriculture. Working the land is acknowledged as intrinsically meaningful work and as a gift to the community.

A 2015 assessment of cities in North Carolina with a population of 10,000 or more ranked Wilmington second after Asheville for crashes.  For every one minute a freeway lane is blocked due to a crash incident, four minutes of travel time are added.  About 30% of all crashes are secondary crashes -- caused after the initial crash -- possibly due to a sudden stop, distracted driving, or rubber-necking.  Those statistics are courtesy of Jessi Leonard, Division Traffic Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. 

SOUP TO NUTS LIVE! presents Jamie Hoover on Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 pm in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

Opera Wilmington held its first dress rehearsal of Mozart's comedy, Cosi fan tutte ("Women are like that"), this past weekend. The show opens this Wednesday. Director Frank Trimble took a moment to talk to us about the show and why many folks unfamiliar with the genre might really enjoy it. The language of the show is Italian, but much like Shakespeare, reading a summary of the plot is extremely helpful in enjoying the show.

Thanks to the 549 generous donors who made our Stealth Campaign such a success. Together we were able to end the drive several days early, and over the goal. The final tally was $73,615, and contributions are still coming in over the transom, so to speak. What did you think of the drive? Here are some comments we’ve received. Paul Reinmann wrote:

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