12:05 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

New Hanover County Gauges Return on Investment for 421 Corridor Infrastructure Improvements

Projected Development Through 2040 with Water & Sewer Infrastructure Improvements Along 421 Corridor
New Hanover County Manager's Office

Wilmington and New Hanover County are moving forward with a Garner report recommendation to extend water and sewer to the 421 Corridor. The return on investment will depend on the county’s business recruitment efforts. 

The price tag to further this infrastructure development is nearly 12 million dollars. A full return on investment is expected in sixteen years, and the most optimistic estimate is as little as ten years.

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Midday Interviews
6:49 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

C'est La Guerre-What's up their furry sleeves?

Nina Bays Cournoyer & her Piggy friend

The new art production company, C'est La Guerre, has  a secret that's under wraps until Saturday night.  And the only way to hear the announcement about their next project is to wear an animal mask to their Outsider Art Celebration Animal FARMraiser Saturday, 4/2

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2:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

CoastLine: Science Panel Weighs in on Potential Impacts of Seismic Testing off NC Coast

North Atlantic Right Whale Mother and Calf
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

It was just one week ago that Governor Pat McCrory testified in front of the House subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources about oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 

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Thursday, May 7 at 5:30 - 7:30 PM
12:17 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Friends of WHQR Meetup at Palate

Our first Friends of  WHQR Meet Up was a blast, so we are ready for round two! Please join us at Palate on North Fourth Street, Thursday, May 7 for another chance to meet other HQR and NPR fans in our area.  With so many great new places opening in and around downtown, we figured why not meet new friends while hanging out at a new bar! Come down to Palate, meet other HQR and NPR fans,  and see all the great new things going on in the Brooklyn Arts District. Also, take a second to check out the slideshow above from our last amazing meet up!

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Friday Feedback for April 24, 2015

The mobile version of

Listener Scott wrote:

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Deadline Wednesday, April 29 at 5 PM
3:11 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

The Spring 2015 WHQR Survey

The Spring 2015 WHQR Survey is your chance to tell us what you like -- and don't like -- about WHQR.  At WHQR your opinion counts. Help make the station even better by taking our quick online Spring Listener Survey. All participants will be entered to win a Smooth Landings Guest DJ spot!

Visit and click on the survey…but hurry, the survey closes Wednesday at 5pm. Thank you for helping make WHQR all that it can be.

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Wedensday, April 29 at Noon
2:20 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Economic Development Recommendations for the Cape Fear Region

On the Next CoastLine:  We're hosting a business roundtable. How is the region balancing the needs of industry and technology? What advice from an economic growth report are local leaders putting into use? Join us Wednesday, April 29 at noon.

This Week's Guests Include:

Connie Majure-Rhett, President and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Jonathan Barfield, Jr., New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman

Brett Martin, Founder and CEO of Castle Branch

Remember this is a call-in show and we would love to hear from you:

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King and Papparozzi
3:33 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Mozart's "Magic Flute" at Kenan Saturday 4/26

Credit "Mozart-small" by Image:Wolfgang-amadeus-mozart 1.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

On Saturday April 26th the Wilmington Symphony and the UNC Wilmington Opera Outreach Program (UNC WOOP) will present a fully-staged production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Associate Professor of Music Nancy King is the stage manager and freshman tenor Daniel Papparozzi is Prince Tamino. They were the guests on this edition of Midday Interview. They discussed

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And you thought "Big Bang" was nerdy!
12:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Fun facts about the number 31


1) The sum of the first 31 odd prime numbers is a perfect square:
3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + ... + 83 + 87 + 89 = 31 x 31

2) There are 31 letters in the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet.

3) Thirty-one is a betting game played with cards.

4) In French the expression trente et un (31) refers to someone who is well dressed.

5) There are 31 days in most months.

6) a billion seconds is (roughly) 31 years...


7) WHQR is 31 years old today!

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10:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Governor McCrory Fights 50 Mile Buffer Zone for Oil & Gas Exploration and Drilling

Governor Pat McCrory
Governor Pat McCrory

When President Obama opened portions of the Atlantic seaboard to drilling, the Interior Department established a buffer of fifty-miles to protect fishing and tourism. But Governor Pat McCrory strongly criticizes that restriction.

The Governor spoke before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources last week. He says the fifty-mile buffer zone unnecessarily restricts development:

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