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6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Friday Feedback for July 4, 2014

Listener Dory wrote:

I prefer public radio formats in which there are two stations--one news/talk programming and one music programming. Since the second WHQR station is HD (and not available to all), it makes sense to mix news and music programming on the flagship station. However, I'd love it if the music was more diverse--indie music, singer-songwriters, Alt-Latino, "college music." As it stands, the music programming seems almost entirely focused on older demographics.

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Rip currents pose risk to swimmers
10:08 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Region Weathers Hurricane Arthur

Look ma, no hurricane.
Credit NOAA image

Update 10:00 am: Hurricane Arthur has passed through our area without significant damage, though residents to our north are not so lucky. On today's Morning Edition, Cleve Callison spoke with Warren Lee, Emergency Management and 911 Communications Director for New Hanover County about the storm's passage offshore:

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Midday Interviews - 7/2/14
5:09 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Midday Interview: Sam Robison, Robb Mann, Patrick Basquill Discuss the Upcoming Production of 'Red'

Director and Cast of 'Red'
WHQR Staff

The second production of Red Barn Studio's Summer Season is here! In the play 'Red' by John Logan viewers will follow the path of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and his assistant Ken as they try to design a series of murals for what is lauded as the biggest commission in the history of modern art.  The production will run from July 3-July 26 with showings Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm and 3 pm on Sundays. 

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Local
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

CoastLine: Coal Ash Management -- Why and How Should NC Regulate It?

This week's topic:  Coal ash in North Carolina -- What is it?  Why and how should we regulate it?  And how soon will we will see coal ash cleaned up? 

Coal ash grabbed the national spotlight back in February – when a wastewater pipe burst at Duke Energy’s Eden Plant  -- spilling an estimated 39,000 tons into the Dan River.   What many news media outlets are commonly calling toxic sludge coated about 70 miles of that waterway – which winds along the North Carolina – Virginia border. 

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Midday Interview - 7/2/14
3:07 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Midday Interview: Judy Greenhut and James Ellison discuss "On the Town"

Director and choreographer Judy Greenhut and actor James Ellison discuss their upcoming performance of the Broadway musical "On the Town." The musical takes place in NYC in 1944 and follows three sailors on 24 hour leave who are ready to let loose in The Big Apple. Tickets are on sale at the Center Box Office , located in the lobby of Thalian Hall. They are open Mon-Sat 2 pm to 6 pm. Tickets can also be ordered by phone (910) 632-2285 as well as online at www. thalianhall.org when you click on their calendar. Listen in to find out more.

  

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Local - July 1
5:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

The NC NAACP's Moral Freedom Summer Movement Touches New Hanover County

The NC NAACP's Moral Freedom Summer movement aims to empower voters--and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 voter registration campaign known as Freedom Summer.

The objective of the local “Celebrating the Dream” initiative that’s currently ongoing is to measure this region’s progress toward racial equality over the past fifty years—which is how long ago the Civil Rights Act was passed--and also to gauge the work that still needs to be done. But because state voting laws were recently changed, some argue that North Carolinians actually stand to regress over the course of the upcoming election. It’s why the state NAACP has organized a crew of Moral Freedom Summer fighters to run a statewide, nonpartisan voter empowerment campaign.

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Local - June 30
5:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Cape Fear Region Boasts Three of Nation's "Superstar" Beaches

Wrightsville Beach--along with Sunset Beach and Topsail Beach--ranks top among nationwide beaches when it comes to water quality.

Area beach-goers planning to hit the waves this Fourth of July weekend can rest easy in one respect. Three Cape Fear-area beaches have fetched high marks on this year’s report card from the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC—an environmental watchdog group that grades beaches based on water quality. Out of 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches, only 35 were deemed “superstars”—and this elite grouping counts sections of Wrightsville Beach, Sunset Beach, and Topsail Beach.

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Midday Interview -6/27/14
5:07 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Midday Interview: Cindy Sellers on Sea Note Choral Society's 2014 Patriotic Concert

Studio 1 at WHQR
Staff

Cindy Sellers, Director of the Sea Notes Choral Society joined WHQR's Bob Workmon to speak about an upcoming patriotic concert: "To Those Who Serve." Listen to the interview and get all of the good details on the performances from Sellers, who was the series' first director forty years ago. 

Saturday, June 28th at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 29th at 3:00pm

Odell Williamson Auditorium
Brunswick Community College, 
Hwy 17 - Bolivia, NC

More information is online at Sea-Notes.com

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Midday Interview - 6/26/14
3:49 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Midday Interview: Artists on The Budding and Blooming Art Show at Mayfaire Town Center

Budding Artists in the MC Erny Gallery
WHQR Staff

  Wilmington Art Association presents The Budding and Blooming Art Show at Mayfaire Town Center on the Green, Saturday, June 28, from 10 to 4. Forty young “budding” artists will display and sell their work alongside twenty adult “blooming” artists. There will be young musicians performing too, plus Big Al Hall and his group. My guests were visual artists Dorian Hill and Wiio Meinheit and musician Caroline Lemley. 

Details at WilmingtonArt.org

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Local - June 27
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Area Vietnam Veterans Call Town Meeting to Discuss Lasting Effects of Agent Orange

U.S. Army operations spray Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Wikimedia Commons

After enduring exposure to toxic herbicides including Agent Orange, Vietnam War veterans face higher incidence of neurological malfunction, respiratory disease and some forms of cancer—and in many cases, their children and grandchildren do, too. This is why Wilmington’s chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting a town-hall-style meeting tomorrow. Their objective is to spark local support for federal legislation that will better protect such victims—long after their current caretakers, who are usually their parents, have passed on.

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