Listen to Segment 3 featuring Frankie Roberts, Executive Director of LINC, Leading Into New Communities here.
Gang violence in our region: After all the community conversations, what have we learned? Are there new, best practices that we're implementing? What's already working that we might expand? How can we improve and refine our approach?
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.
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.
This week's topic: Film Incentives in North Carolina
Providing tax breaks to the film industry…. statewide, it’s a controversial topic. In Southeastern North Carolina, there’s no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here. But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren’t convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide.
We’ve been getting some comments and calls this week about Morning Edition sounding distorted at times, especially for Lumberton listeners. Our equipment is working correctly. What many are hearing is a phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting,” which can play havoc with FM signals. Graduate Fellow Jason Hess discovered a great online resources for “ducting” forecasts. Yesterday's map for Southeastern North Carolina, for example, showed us in a bright orange area, meaning “very strong” to “intense”.
Long-time friend of the station Bo Biggs of Lumberton was concerned enough about a recent Diane Rehm show that he wrote a detailed criticism. Here are some excerpts:
As a long time listener of WHQR, I can appreciate the balancing act of views as over the years, the station has ventured into more talk vs. music, using the many excellent NPR programs. In that reflection, I have always maintained that a balance of views, be they the left or right, Democrat or Republican, or more close to home, Titan Cement’s pros or cons, be discussed.
On this special edition of CoastLine, we featured a Reporters' Roundtable. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn spoke with two veteran journalists, reporter Kevin Maurer of the StarNews and Scott Pickey, news director of WWAY/TV3. The topic: What are the top stories on the minds of WHQR listeners? Find out what they explored on today's edition of CoastLine.
CoastLine is part of WHQR News' ongoing effort to promote civil discourse, foster appreciation for differing points of view, and deepen listeners’ understanding of community issues. Hosted by Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the show features in-studio guests and your questions!
On this special edition of CoastLine, host Rachel Lewis Hilburn spoke with Coastal Scientist Tracy Skrabal of the NC Coastal Federation, Kate Queram, environmental Reporter for the StarNews, and Dr. Craig Galbraith, Professor at UNCW's Cameron School of Business. The topic: does a Titan Cement plant fit the landscape of the Cape Fear Region? Listen to find an exploration of the potential environmental and economic impacts of heavy industry in New Hanover County.