Cleve Callison

Station Manager

Cleve Callison has been WHQR's station manager since September 2010. He is the former general manager of WMUB Public Radio, the NPR station at Miami University in Oxford. Prior to that he was station manager of WFDD Public Radio at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

In Ohio, Cleve also served as the executive director of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit working with houses of worship on energy efficiency and conservation projects. He worked on marketing communications projects for Miami University's School of Education, Health and Society, and taught public speaking at Miami's Hamilton campus.

Cleve describes himself as a boat person from academia. He moved over to public radio after four years of classroom teaching. He loves to work in public radio, to listen to it, and to be around people for whom public radio matters. "It's the best kind of teaching," he says. "It's life-long learning." Rarely having been able to teach his primary field (10th century English sermons), later in life he discovered adult education classes, where he has taught Anglo-Saxon England, History of the English Language, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Faulkner (notice kind of a progression here?) and Reading Poetry. He makes occasional contributions to his personal blog and his Twitter account (@clevecallison).

Cleve has a bachelor's degree in English from Duke, and a Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His greatest claim to fame is that he once appeared on Jeopardy!, where he won a washer-dryer, a Hooked on Phonics set and a year's supply of flea powder.

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"the People and the Stories behind the headlines"
5:54 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Diane Rehm Awarded 2013 National Humanities Medal

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Congratulations to Diane Rehm on being one of the winners of the 2013 National Humanities Medals, awarded for outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation.

The official citation honoring the medalists says:

Diane Rehm, radio host, for illuminating the people and stories behind the headlines. In probing interviews with pundits, poets, and Presidents, Ms. Rehm’s incisive, confident, and curious voice has deepened our understanding of our communities and our culture.

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Friday Feedback for July 25, 2014

Mayberry, NC (Mt. Airy) and Vina de Mar, Chile. Compare and contrast.

We’ll start with a couple of playlist questions. Martyn Hawkins wrote to us via Facebook:

You have been playing the most magnificent music [Wednesday] evening at [10]:10, [11]:25, and [11]:44. I have tried to find out what it was so I could buy copies of it. In your typical moronic "Radio With Vision" there was no way to find out. Even Mayberry RFD would have a more sensibly arranged station.

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Getcha pet peeves right here
7:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

CoastLine: Uses and Misuses of English

Our media-saturated society is constantly bombarding us with new expressions. Whether from sports, the media, advertising, business or politics, we hear new ways of using language all the time – the good, the bad, and the ugly. We hear some examples of each in this show.

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And one remarkable day
10:21 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

2-Day [yes, TWO] Drive Raises $65,085

WOW!

seems to be the most apt word for the events of Tuesday, July 22nd. When we began, after a somewhat slow first day, it was hard to see how we could finish this summer's Keep It Short drive in even 3 days, let alone 2. The sudden $20,000 pledge at 6:57 am transformed everything and led to a very satisfying next 12 hours.

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Friday Feedback for July 18, 2014

There’s not too much Feedback for our little clambake this week. Here are some possible explanations:

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Live and interactive
11:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

CoastLine: What's Your Pet Peeve?

A recent commentary by Nan Graham struck a nerve with listeners who prize good English. But we want to dig a little deeper than a commentary. Join Nan on the next CoastLine for a lighthearted master class on dos and don'ts of our language.

Everybody has an opinion about their own language. Let us know what you admire, and what bugs you. To join the conversation:

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Listeners share their views
8:52 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Friday Feedback for July 11, 2014

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Paul Reinman wrote last week during the hurricane:

It was great to hear local reporting of our storm threat on national NPR radio. Rachael Lewis Hilburn’s voice was easily recognized and I thought it was a local broadcast, and then was surprised to hear this was a voice on a national presentation. Good job! And then, it is always, great to hear George Scheibner’s music following. Paco Strickland will always be recognized as a great local performer.

Anonymous wrote on our recent survey:

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Thursday July 17th
11:25 am
Tue July 8, 2014

WHQR Annual Meeting

WHQR's Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 17th, 2014, at 6:00 pm in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 North Front Street Suite 300, Wilmington. The public is invited (please see below for reservations). Snacks will be provided.

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Listeners share their views
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Friday Feedback for July 4, 2014

Listener Dory wrote:

I prefer public radio formats in which there are two stations--one news/talk programming and one music programming. Since the second WHQR station is HD (and not available to all), it makes sense to mix news and music programming on the flagship station. However, I'd love it if the music was more diverse--indie music, singer-songwriters, Alt-Latino, "college music." As it stands, the music programming seems almost entirely focused on older demographics.

Anonymous wrote:

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Rip currents pose risk to swimmers
10:08 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Region Weathers Hurricane Arthur

Look ma, no hurricane.
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Update 10:00 am: Hurricane Arthur has passed through our area without significant damage, though residents to our north are not so lucky. On today's Morning Edition, Cleve Callison spoke with Warren Lee, Emergency Management and 911 Communications Director for New Hanover County about the storm's passage offshore:

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