Are you interested in serving on the Friends of Public Radio Board? WHQR and the Friends of Public Radio are soliciting interested parties to apply for a limited number of positions on our Board of Directors.

We are seeking a diverse population from our listenership who are interested in engaging with the community in meaningful ways, will attend regular monthly meetings, will participate in committee responsibilities and will assist with fundraising.


Opera Wilmington presents Celebrating Caterina Jarboro: Wilmington's First Operatic Diva. Free symposium sessions begin Friday morning and continue Saturday, with a performance in Beckwith Recital Hall on Friday evening at 7:30 pm. 


Chamber Music Wilmington brings the early music ensemble ACRONYM to Beckwith Recital Hall Sunday, February 25th.   The group performs Rosenmuller, Bertali, Valentini, and Krieger with early instruments...but the musicians seem most excited to present Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in a way you've probably never heard before. 

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WAVE Transit, the Cape Fear region’s public transportation system, is looking toward growth – much like the region it serves.  But financing that growth is a steep road to climb.


The prospect of drilling off the coast of North Carolina for oil and natural gas is a real one.  Last month, President Donald Trump proposed the opening of nearly all American waters to offshore drilling. This new five-year plan is scheduled to start in 2019.

So far North Carolina’s elected officials are split on whether to support drilling off the coast.

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Seventy-seven people killed their intimate partner in North Carolina last year.   62% of those people used a firearm.  That’s according to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a  statewide nonprofit organization.

Join other Public Radio lovers, WHQR Community Advisory Board, staff, board and friends at a great spot in Ogden on Thursday, March 1st, from 5pm to 7pm. Celebrate your community focused non-profit radio station while drinking local beer (Broomtail Craft brews and more), enjoying great company, and relaxing in a great setting (with a beautiful beer garden)! We are also super excited to have John Fonville and the band End of the Line with us that night as our live entertainment. We will also have Arepa St. Food Truck at the event as well! Raise a glass to excellent radio, music, culture and an interesting and interested community of listeners. We can't wait to see you there!!!!!

Nan Graham

Commentator Nan Graham provided many details to authorities in order to adopt her new dog. She did not, however, receive all the information about him.



The Girls Choir-Susan Savia-Stray Local-The Jewell's-Laura McLean-John Fonvielle-Catesby Jones--and on and on. Dozens of musicians will perform songs by Mike Adams at Brooklyn Arts Center's Annex on Thursday, February 22.

The Flu Vaccine: This Year's Strains & Effectiveness

Feb 15, 2018
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This year’s flu season is the worst in a decade. North Carolina has seen 165 deaths since flu season began in October.

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Dr. Faustus is onstage at UNCW Mainstage Theatre through February 25. Listen to Director Christopher Marino and Music Director Adrian Varnum talk about the difficulties involved in selling one's soul to the Devil above.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has slapped a Notice of Violation on Chemours in Fayetteville. The DEQ notice cites the company’s failure to follow through on directives issued two months ago, in and around the facility. 

David Bolton & Logie Meachum are our next guests for Soup to Nuts LIVE! on Thursday, February 22nd, in the MC Erny Gallery. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm.

David Heck


Second Star Theatre presents Murder Ballad, The New Musical. It's a steamy exploration of the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that undo us. The show opens on Valentine's Night at Front Street Theater. 

On Thursday, February 15, UNCW's Community Music Academy holds a Valentine Gala at Beckwith Recital Hall to benefit young musicians. Violinist Danijel Zezelj-Gualdi is the Artistic Director-she will perform at the event, along with a host of other fine musicians. There is also a silent auction.

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This year’s flu is the worst in nearly a decade.  So far this season, 63 elderly people have died in North Carolina alone from the flu.  25 people between the ages 50 to 64 have passed from the flu -- and four deaths fall into that low-risk category of people ages 25 to 49.  The total death toll in North Carolina from flu this season:  95.

If you’ve listened to WHQR for any length of time, you probably know Philip Gerard as one of the regular commentators.  But those three-and-a-half minute pieces are comparable to an amuse-bouche.  The other courses Philip Gerard serves up include his work as a Professor of Creative Writing and Creative Non-Fiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in both the BFA and MFA programs. 

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The MC Erny Gallery

On Monday, April 9th, at NOON (Note Time Change) in the MC Erny Gallery, we will sit down to discuss Dreaming in Chocolate with the author, Susan Bishop Crispell, and Ben Steelman of Wilmington's StarNews.

At the age of 20 I called my mother and delivered two pieces of news one good and one bad. Mommy, I finally understand Mark Twain. I thought I did before but I didn't. But now I do. And now that I have stood ankle deep in the Mississippi River I get it. I get him on a deep and visceral level. And it is incredible!

Wilmington poet Emily Paige Wilson's work has been published in various journals and she's been nominated for various awards-but she is most excited about her first published collection: I'll Build Us a Home. Listen to Emily above and see our extended conversation below.  


Yes, work by Kurt Vonnegut is onstage-and it's about love. Big Dawg Productions presents Who Am I This Time (And Other Conundrums of Love) at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street through February 18. This show is a collection of 3 (sort of) love stories from Welcome to the Monkey House.

Four Republican Senators in North Carolina have introduced new legislation, to make available a network of scientists and other resources, to focus on water quality in the state. Senator Michael Lee of New Hanover County says the bill creates no additional cost to taxpayers. 

Phil Furia, the host of The Great American Songbook, will host a live performance of the show at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, February 17: WHQR's Great American Songbook Live: The Oscars. Some great voices join him onstage: George Scheibner, Bob Workmon,  Nina Repeta, LaRaisha Burnette Dionne, and Jack Krupicka. 

This week New Hanover County’s revamped process for funding non-profit agencies gets underway. The approach was approved by county commissioners last November, and aims to offer a more objective structure to funding such organizations.  


You can send a text, an email, a card or some flowers--but Cape Fear Chordsmen offers something a little different for Cupid's holiday: A Singing Valentine. Up to 5 quartets from the group will be in and around New Hanover County on February 14th delivering harmonies to lucky loved ones.

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North Carolinians have one shot to voice their opinions in person about offshore drilling at a single public hearing.  So far, February 26th in Raleigh is the only scheduled “open house”.  But Democratic Governor Roy Cooper is asking Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for a 60-day extension of the public comment period and three additional public hearings – all at the coast.  This comes after a weekend meeting that brought together coastal stakeholders, the Governor, and Secretary Zinke. 

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Residents who live near Chemours’ Bladen County plant are angry.  North Carolina state officials held their fourth community meeting last week at Bladen Community College in Dublin.  More than 150 people showed up.   

Robert Parr

NASA ranks 2017 as the second hottest year on record behind 2016. The National Climate Assessment, a report published by the federal government in November of last year, states unequivocally that humans are causing climate change and the time to act is now. While there are no policy recommendations in this federal report, many state and municipal governments are taking their own steps to curb the impacts of climate change.

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A third of the population in New Hanover County pays more than they can afford for housing.  That’s true for both homeowners and renters, but in the rental market, it’s worse.  Nearly half -- about 46% of people who rent in New Hanover County pay more than a third of their income for housing.  Some community leaders call that a clear sign of a shortage of affordable housing. 


The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is not happy with Chemours. Utility officials said this week they can no longer trust Chemours to control discharges from its site. That’s because they just learned regulators measured levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River near the plant at 2,300 parts per trillion…  far higher than the established human health goal of 140 parts per trillion.