Commentaries

You Are Beautiful

Dec 5, 2013

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 Sad End of Real Music

Dec 3, 2013
Jason Hess

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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2 Thanksgivings

Nov 28, 2013
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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler encapsulates what she believes Thanksgiving should really be about.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Dead Leaf Echo

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston tries to improve her cool factor during the Cucalorus Film Festival.

Native Wilmingtonian Annie Gray Johnston is wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and general nut.

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Summer of '59

Nov 21, 2013
nangraham.com

F. Kaplan’s book, 1959: The Year That Changed Everything, states that this was the year every aspect of American life was transformed…the pre-cursor to the explosive 60’s.  It was for her, say Commentator Nan Graham.

Nan Graham has been a commentator for WHQR for almost twenty years, and has two collections of commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website is nangraham.com. 

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No Boundaries

Nov 19, 2013
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Commentator Shane Fernando finds inspiration from the cross-cultural artists’ collaboration, the No Boundaries International Art Colony. 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life, Arts and Programs at UNCW.  He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Bucket of Joy

Nov 14, 2013
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Commentator Philip Gerard goes on one more solitary adventure the summer before he turns six and is forced to start attending school. 

Phillip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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Insect Invasion

Nov 12, 2013
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Our commentator and naturalist, Andy Wood alerts us about the two invasive species plaguing homes in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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How Can We Love Learning But Hate School?

Nov 7, 2013
Fidias Reyes

Fresh Voices On-Air commentator, Eleni Stoycos, focuses on a failed educational system that short- changes the youth and inadequately prepares them for real world challenges.  She asks: "How can we love learning but hate school?"

Eleni Stoycos is a sophomore and honor student at New Hanover High School.  She plays volleyball and soccer and likes running.  In her free time she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Transitive Love

Nov 5, 2013
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices On-Air debuts with Andrew Escobar’s Transitive Love.  A six-year-old boy manages to satisfy his desire for a mouse, his first pet, only to realize that the true treasure lies beyond his immediate vision.

Andrew Escobar is 16 years old, and is a Junior at Isaac Bear Early College High School.  He enjoys soccer and reading and is active in his church youth group where he plays drums.  He aspires to become an innovative engineer in the near future.

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