Fresh Voices commentator Callie Hill overcomes society’s obsession with physical perfection and discovers her own definition of beauty.
Callie Hill is 15 years old and was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. She’s an honor student at New Hanover High School where she participates in Key Club and Literary Club. She has a twin brother who plays baseball at New Hanover and supports him by going to every game.
The controversy surrounding the ongoing impact of coal ash pollution from Wilmington’s Sutton Energy Plant is intensifying. A biologist commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center released a report today claiming that coal ash waste is elevating levels of selenium pollution in Sutton Lake. Environmental advocates say this is killing and deforming thousands of fish, and thus threatening local fishing and tourism industries. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.
Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Spencer Carlson, takes a stance against the music industry’s auto-tuning trend.
Spencer Carlson is a 16 year old sophomore at New Hanover High School. He's been playing guitar since he was nine years old. He enjoys playing with many local musicians and someday hopes to become a musician himself.
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Today marks the second annual Giving Tuesday event. The youngest among its siblings Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday functions as a post-Thanksgiving grassroots campaign to stimulate spending. But today, the focus is on charitable donations. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that local nonprofits are slowly but surely savoring the fruits of this baby holiday.
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Traveling folk singer John Craigie recently released his eighth studio album, The Apocolypse is Over. He sat down with WHQR's Jason Hess to talk about the role of the folk singer in contemporary American music culture. Listen to the radio-edit of the interview here:
Craigie also recorded two live songs while in the WHQR studios. Listen to these two exclusive tracks from WHQR Music:
The following song includes the genesis story of the song, along with a rumination on the value of living outside of the Nashville music scene:
Myrtle Grove Christian School’s recent move to exclude the gay community is fetching statewide attention. Last night, members of the Raleigh-based gay rights group Equality NC gathered local educators, clergy and public figures together in Wilmington to speak out against the school’s new biblical morality policy, which prohibits students from families that support or participate in a gay lifestyle. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.