July 14-16, 7PM @ Thalian Hall
10:49 am
Tue June 24, 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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10:15 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Hassle for a Tassle!

Ferris Beuller and her grandfather
Annie Gray Johnston

Sometimes life is really about just showing up.  At least according to commentator Annie Gray Johnston.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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

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Inside WHQR
10:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Diane Rehm News

WAMU and NPR are sharing sad news. Diane Rehm's husband, John Rehm, passed away yesterday. Diane has deeply appreciated the many kind words of support during John’s long illness.  
Katty Kay is hosting The Diane Rehm Show today. She will refer on the air the passing of Diane’s husband and that she will be back soon.
Guest hosts will be sitting in for Diane on the show for at least the next week or so.

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Local - June 24
5:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Duke Energy Discloses Possible Plans to Purge Wilmington's Sutton Plant of Coal Ash

Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks stands before a dried ash basin on the grounds of the Sutton Plant in Wilmington.

Wilmington’s Sutton Plant is one of five statewide Duke Energy coal operations being decommissioned—and the closing of this one is of high priority to lawmakers. In November, Duke Energy retired Sutton’s coal operations. Although it’s now a natural gas plant, more than two million tons of dried coal ash—the waste generated after coal is burned—remains on the site. And the legislation that will determine exactly how much time Duke has to dispose of it all is pending in the General Assembly’s current session. WHQR has this look at the Sutton Plant’s retired coal operation.

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Local - June 23
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Brunswick County Senate Candidates Address House Amendment to Curtail Commercial Dog Breeding

Last year’s hotly debated puppy mill bill may be back on the table. The North Carolina House has passed a budget amendment that would shift animal welfare oversight from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety. This would allow law enforcement officials to inspect commercial dog breeders, and charge those operating with ten or more female dogs.

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Broadcast: July 11-12, Fri-Sat at 9PM
3:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Soup to Nuts Live! Photo and Video Recap: Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson at WHQR
Linsey McGrath

Singer-wongwriter Jim Nelson played an engaging set of original tunes for the Soup To Nuts Live Audience on May 22nd in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR. Jim and his trio captivated the audience with an entertaining hour of music! We're pleased to share this video and photo recap of the show. Stay tuned for an air date for the entire performance, and watch our YouTube channel for another video of Jim and his trio!

Tune in to 91.3 FM!
Soup to Nuts Live with Jim Nelson:
July 11-12, Friday and Saturday 9PM

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Midday Interview -6/20/14
2:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Midday Interview: Conductor Tom Smicklas on Brunswick Concert Band's Summer Concert Series

Tom Smicklas at WHQR
WHQR Staff

Tom Smicklas is a clarinetist, saxophonist and conductor.  He is directing the Summer Concert Series for the Brunswick Concert Band.  It is presenting a week of patriotic concerts, June 27th through July 3rd at various venues in Brunswick County.  Tom is also involved in the creation of the new Wilmington Symphonic Winds. 

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Midday Interview -6/19/14
1:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Midday Interview: Linda Lytvinenko Introduces the New Literacy Council Director Susan Pomeroy

The Midday Interview

Cape Fear Literacy Council has a new Executive Director.  Linda Lytvinenko is moving away, so she brought the new director, Susan Pomeroy, to our studios to introduce her to our audience and talk about future plans.  Details at CFLiteracy.org

[In the photo, Susan is the one with the dark tan, even tho’ she just moved here from NY!]

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Listeners share their views
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

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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