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The Real Thing

Aug 7, 2015

Thalian Association (TA) has spent the summer staging plays at the intimate theatre on 3rd Street, the Red Barn Studio Theatre.  The offerings have been different than the popular musicals TA often produces; instead, thoughtful and sometimes intense dramas have been on the ticket.

While the North Carolina General Assembly tries to hammer out a budget in Raleigh, counties around the state are scrambling to consider what a sales tax redistribution could mean for their own bottom lines.  Members of New Hanover County’s Executive Staff are bracing for what could be a significant blow.

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.

**Please note that some material in the following segment and audio contains language that some may find disturbing. Discretion is advised**.

Judith Gebauer wrote:

Please retire the Car Talk rebroadcasts on Saturday mornings.

Bryce Flint-Somerville wrote:

Smooth Landings almost always hits me in exactly the right place. It's as if I have a personal DJ to select the right songs for my emotional reality at the end of the day. Uncanny and sublime!

Ray Kennedy is wearing the director's hat and the choreographer's cravat for Chicago, produced by Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall.   Ray and actress Michelle Braxton (Mama Morton) came into the studio to tell us all about the show-a fun conversation about the history of the show, Reality TV, and the top-notch performers in this production. 

This weekend: Stuff the Bus!

Aug 5, 2015

Bethany Leighton, the Resource Development Director with Communities in Schools, visited our studio to tell us about the Stuff the Bus campaign.  School supplies are being collected for students in all grade levels, so items ranging from crayons to calculators to composition books are needed.  These supplies are funneled through social workers at area schools for distribution to students in need.  

For most residents in the Cape Fear region, a daily bus ride is not a typical part of the day.  There are significantly more people who drive their own vehicles than those who opt for public transportation.  There are some choice riders, but most of the people who use WAVE Transit on a regular basis use it because they need it.

"Simply Classical" from Chamber Music Wilmington

Aug 4, 2015

Barbara McKenzie, the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW), joined us along with outgoing president Pat Marriott to announce the performers CMW is bringing to Wilmington over the next several months.   

Phil Stine is the incoming president; hopefully, we'll hear from Phil later this season.

Richard III

Aug 4, 2015

Shakespeare as propaganda artist? Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler argues as much and more.

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

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

As the North Carolina legislature tries to wrap up its summer session, subsidies for renewable energy are on the chopping block. The state’s hog farming industry could be affected if the subsidies are removed.  

Right now, North Carolina state law says utilities have to produce at least 6% of their energy from renewable sources.  The law also requires that percentage to climb to a peak of 12.5% by 2021.  In order to meet these standards, the state subsidizes the effort. 

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