Inside WHQR

The official WHQR Staff blog featuring fun tidbits and various developments at the station.

The WHQR Partnership Challenge - Fall Pledge Drive 2015

Non-profits in the Cape Fear region know that WHQR Public Radio is an essential part of a strong marketing plan, and one of the best ways to expand their reach.

In our 2015 Fall Drive, October 21 - Unknown (we hope to make our goal by October 27), WHQR will salute local non-profits that make a difference in our community, and give your group a chance to be heard even more. Winners of our Partnership Challenge will receive underwriting contracts on WHQR.

Tonight's Cinematique Film, Meru, will play at its scheduled time of 7pm at Thalian Hall. We encourage  patrons to use extreme caution on roadways while traveling or choose to attend another screening of the movie on Tuesday at 7pm or  Wednesday at 4pm or 7pm. The Thalian Hall Center Box Office will open at 2pm. Please call with any questions at 910-632-2285.

During our Fall 2015 Pre-Drive Campaign we are running a high-tech sweepstakes! Pledge now online at or return your membership challenge letter and you could win a brand new Apple iPad Air

Top Five Hotdogs

Aug 28, 2015

I love all things “food,” and almost everyone loves a good hotdog, so I embarked on a search for the five best hotdogs in the region. I realized early in my research that I was going to have to limit the search to Wilmington proper for now, as Carolina Beach, Burgaw, Rocky Point, and points beyond the city limits all have too many hotdog vendors for me to cover in one blog, but I will consider others in the future. I decided to stick to places that specialize mostly in hotdogs, and I tried to focus on eating local and stayed away from chain restaurants. 

This '93 Toyota Corolla has a long history with WHQR.

It was once owned by our very own Jemila Ericson, former Classical Music and Midday Interview host, and her mother before that. About ten years ago, Jemila sold this beauty to Bill DiNome, a long-time WHQR supporter and a former member of WHQR's Community Advisory Board, for exactly $1. Now, Bill has donated this time-honored car to WHQR's vehicle donation program. Thank you, Bill!

Top 5 Music Beds

When you’re driving along in your car, getting your local and national news from your public radio station, you might hear a song in the background that strikes your fancy. It may serve as a break between news stories, or it might be under an underwriting message. Before you can get out of your phone to Spotify the selection, it’s gone.

As listeners know, our first-ever Summer Stealth Drive was a success. It went over its goal 11 hours early on Monday July 27th, thus eliminating the usual summer 3- or 4-day marathon. Going past the goal is a great boost for the station as we begin our 2015-16 Fiscal Year. For those who want to dive a little deeper, we have some some questions and answers. But first, a couple of definitions:

We did it! Your donations made it all possible! 

The Summer Stealth Drive was a huge success! Thanks to all of your generous donations we've raised $71,145 and there will be NO program interruptions! We have officially canceled the tradition on air pledge drive that was set to take place on Tuesday, July 28. We are so excited that we are able to have a summer free of program interruptions. Enjoy all of the great delights of summer with your WHQR soundtrack.

We made history together! Thank you so much!

Listener Beth wrote:

Thank you for doing the no interruption fund raising. It made me want to donate again.

Listener RA agreed, but added,

Just don’t spend days telling us how you are not going to interrupt programming!

That’s our hope, RA, but it depends on how the pledges come in – when we hit the goal, we’ll stop. Thanks for writing.

Listener Helen wrote:

WHQR's repeater for HQR News in Myrtle Beach, 98.9 FM, is back on the air following repairs made by engineer Jobie Sprinkle, with George Scheibner assisting. The signal had been off the air for approximately 2 weeks after apparently being struck by lightning.

Listeners in the area between Myrtle Beach proper and North Myrtle Beach can experiment to see if our main signal at 91.3 or the repeater at 98.9 is the stronger. We appreciate your patience, and thank you for the calls and inquiries during this time.