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5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Friday Feedback for June 20, 2014

The troposphere is the orange-red glow on the horizon in this image from Wikimedia Commons.

We’ve been getting some comments and calls this week about Morning Edition sounding distorted at times, especially for Lumberton listeners. Our equipment is working correctly. What many are hearing is a phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting,” which can play havoc with FM signals. Graduate Fellow Jason Hess discovered a great online resources for “ducting” forecasts. Yesterday's map for Southeastern North Carolina, for example, showed us in a bright orange area, meaning “very strong” to “intense”.

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Quack Quack, Signal Distortion
4:51 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Is Your Morning Edition Sounding Fuzzy? You May be Hearing 'Ducting.'

Duct not Duck
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We have been getting quite a few comments from listeners concerning signal issues during recent broadcasts of Morning Edition. What listeners are hearing is the natural phenomenon of "tropospheric ducting." While tropospheric propagation can do some really cool stuff to radio signals (like bounce them from very, very far away), it mostly just mixes distant signals broadcasting at the same frequency. That's no fun and can result in lot of static or just bad noise. 

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July 14-16, 7PM @ Thalian Hall
1:31 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Cinematique Presents: "Chef"

Official Movie Poster

Many are heralding Chef as the most delicious comedy of 2014! When chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (R, 1hr, 55min)

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Commentaries
7:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Me, Me, Me, Meeee...!

Nan Graham

It is a linguistic epidemic…a plague among us.  OK. So it’s not exactly on the level of saving the elephants, but commentator Nan Graham wants to restore the abused objective pronoun to its rightful place. 

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

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Local - June 19
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Pender County Receives Federal Investment Funds to Revitalize its Economy

The incoming ACME Smoked Fish facility will create 240 full-time jobs in Pender County.

Pender County is getting more than two million dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help bolster its economy. The award, announced yesterday, will go toward construction of a wastewater treatment plant that will serve manufacturing operations in Pender Commerce Park. That’s just off of Highway 421, north of the New Hanover County line. So far, that park is empty--but by the end of this year, it will be home to a major seafood processing facility.

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Midday Interview -6/18/14
2:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Midday Interview: Donna Moore and Georgia Mastroieni on CAM's Summer Classes and Workshops

Georgia Mastroieni (left) and Donna Moore at WHQR
WHQR Staff

The Cameron Art Museum offers great summer workshops, classes and camps for youth and adults.  Donna Moore (The Museum School Director) and Georgia Mastroieni (Director of Youth and Family Education) give us the rundown.  

Details available at CameronArtMuseum.org or 910-395-5999.

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Midday Interview -6/17/14
2:04 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Midday Interview: Jimmy Pierce on Kid's Making It's Third Annual Hippie Ball

Jimmy Pierce in-studio at WHQR
WHQR Staff

Jimmy Pierce is the founder and director of Kids Making It (KMI), a wonderful non-profit that gives at-risk youth a place to learn woodworking skills and then sell their products to the public.  

The Third Annual Hippie Ball, held this Friday, 7PM at the Brooklyn Arts Center, is a fundraiser for KMI.  “Dust off your flower-power clothes and let your freak flag fly!” 

Details and tickets: KidsMakingIt.org or 910-763-6001, ext. 108

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Midday Interview -5/13/2014
1:45 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Midday Interview: Nancy King and Wendy Fingerhut on the Wilmington Opera Premiere

Nancy King and Wendy Fingerhut
WHQR Staff

The premiere of Opera Wilmington is coming up with a fully-staged production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Artistic Director Nancy King and Executive Director Wendy Fingerhut talk about how this long-held dream of a local opera company is coming to pass. 

Performances are July 25 and 26 at 8pm, plus July 27 at 3pm – in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building, Mainstage. 

Details at Opera-Wilmington.org.  Tickets available through Etix and the Kenan Box Office.

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Songbook Live was a Huge Success!
1:19 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Photo and Video Recap: Great American Songbook Live 2014!

Great American Songbook Live 2014
Joe D'Alessandro

Update: Click the above photo for a short slideshow. For a full album of pictures, visit the full Great American Songbook Photo Album on Facebook! 

The Great American Songbook Live last Saturday night was a great success!

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Friday Feedback for June 13, 2014

Grace Evanko Sullivan wrote on the website for Andy Wood's Tuesday commentary on moles:

I love this story! We recently moved and the previous owners had mole poison in the garage. I threw it out immediately- poor guys [smiley face].

Todd Berliner wrote:

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