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Thanks to YOU we have reached our fundraising goal of $70,000 in under three weeks! 

As I predicted last week, we were at last able to get our new AudioVault computer automation system up and running – with thanks to a lot of people here, but especially consulting engineer Jobie Sprinkle of Charlotte, assisted by George Scheibner, Lan Nichols and others. The irony of systems like this is that ordinarily, listeners are aware of them only when they misbehave, as the old system did recently in a massive way. But the new system will give us extra capabilities for producing and distributing content in new ways, and provide extra backups in case of failure.

If you are a person with a disability, getting around town can be difficult. The same goes for folks who are older and have poor eyesight or other limitations. WAVE Transit currently provides transportation options to help these people who need them. And it's about to get better.

From the earliest days of European settlement, Wilmington and the Cape Fear region have been places of active military involvement. From the Revolution through the Civil War, from liberty ships in World War II to the relocation of the Battleship North Carolina, this area has seen its share and more of events that have shaped the military history of our country. In fact, there is a movement in progress to have Wilmington declared America’s first World War II city.

Cape Fear River Watch (CFRW) works to care for the Cape Fear River Basin, but that's a really big job. In addition to hands-on projects, CFRW recognizes the overwhelming need to educate the community about how to take care of our local waters. Without effort from residents, there won't be any improvement in water quality. 

The musical 1776 premiered in 1969, winning 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Clive Barnes reviewed the original production in The New York Times, saying it was a "most striking, most gripping musical." Locally, Opera House Theatre Company produced the show 10 years ago, and they hope to hit a chord with the community again. This election season seems like a good time, according to director Ray Kennedy. 

Christopher Everett of Speller Street Films is the director of the documentary Wilmington on Fire, the popular film that examined the overthrow of Wilmington's black government and community leaders in 1898.

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Commentator Nan Graham describes the use of camels in the Confederacy's "Camel Corps."

Nan Graham, a WHQR Commentator since 1995, has had a long love affair with language...from The Real Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland, to Thomas Wolfe and Truman Capote.

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

Grammy-nominated percussionist Michael D'Angelo teaches in the Jazz division of the UNCW Music Department. He's been involved in the weeklong Jazz Workshop at UNCW since he was in middle school. His experience there inspired him to pursue jazz performance and instruction, so for D'Angelo, the Jazz Workshop is particularly poignant this year-it's the 20th Anniversary, and Alumni performers from the past years are converging on the stage of Kenan Auditorium.  Listen to his perspective-and more about the performances-above.

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Donald Wood of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on July 4, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, just two days past his 71st birthday. Don was born in Rochester, NY and honorably served in the U.S. Coast Guard until 1989.

As a front desk volunteer, Don’s presence and dedication on WHQR’s front line will be greatly missed. His humor and conversation lifted the spirits of all those around him.

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