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Do you know Will Rogers? If you don't, you still might be familiar with many of his quotes (and those attributed to him because they sound like something he would say).  For instance: Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else. Or, Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it. Many of his thoughts were timeless, which is why they stick with us.

City of Wilmington

Back in January, the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the University of North Carolina - Wilmington to conduct a series of community discussions.  Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo hopes a new Community Relations Advisory Committee will continue that conversation between law enforcement officers and local citizens.  

So far, ten Community Dialogue Discussions have taken place, and there are ten more to go.  But Mayor Saffo says the dialogue can’t stop once the contract is finished with UNCW:

  *Update: the August show at Juggling Gypsy has been postponed until November. Stay tuned!*

The Bluegrass Jam has been going on at Satellite Bar & Lounge for over 6 years. Every Sunday night around 6:00, musicians gather and make music-you never know who'll be there to play, but almost certainly, Big Al Hall will be there leading the group. Anyone can come to play-even you.

Rich Leder is a professional writer (and all-around Renaissance man) who has put his pen to a variety of projects. In recent years, he's mainly been writing books, and on July 1st, he published a new one: Let There Be Linda.

There are many times in a persons life where every detail can be recalled -- memories have the extraordinary ability to pervade every one of our senses. In some cases, these memories are welcomed: fond recollections of yesteryear. In other cases, these pinpointed moments are not as attractive and are due to something we were not expecting. Commentator Annie Gray Johnston discusses how personal news has renewed her view of the world around her.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut.

In the last couple of weeks we have experienced, and received reports of, poor performance on our Classical HQR signal (92.7 in Wilmington, 102.3 in Myrtle Beach). Symptoms included distortion in loud music and overall weak signal resulting from our attempting to address the problem by lowering the music volume. Once again, wonder-working engineer Jobie Sprinkle (Jobie-Wan) was able to fix the problem, and balance has once more been restored to the Force.

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Wilmington storyteller Scott Davis had a functional personal recording studio. It worked. He recorded stories in the studio, and they were good. But Davis wanted to up his game by creating a better recording space. He has done it by separating a sound booth from the production side of the operation.  The quality of his recordings are higher and ultimately, this set-up makes the work easier. Here's the result:

Listener Margee Herring wrote: "As you consider programming to fill aging programs (enough with Car Talk!), or retired programs (Prairie Home) or repetitive programming … , please give thought to introducing a less-than-accessible perspective. Several years ago, NPR conducted its own "voice audit" and recognized that its voices-of-color were frequently less than ethnic-sounding, and thus, began its code-switch programming in earnest. As communities re-consider our country's progress, or lack thereof, in race relations, an authentic and accessible black perspective would valuable.

Get in the Car and Go

Brian Todd Barnette, Founder & Director of Bits and Peaces Productions,  got an idea from his niece. She was bored way too often. He started saying to her, "Let's get in the car and go find something to do." Brian has decided to share this sentiment with the public with the project Get in the Car and Go.

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