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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5:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Friday Feedback for March 13, 2015

Join us for our first Meetup on March 18th!

Last week I read a letter critical of using popular culture like movies and cartoons to water down classical melodies the real thing. I played a short excerpt from a Warner Brothers Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny cartoon to illustrate the idea, and asked for comments from listeners.

Listener Susan from Shallotte agreed with last week’s writer. She wrote:

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Inside WHQR
9:04 am
Tue March 10, 2015

WHQR Board plans for future

Seated, L-R: Past Chair Phil Stine, Vice-Chair MK Cope, Underwriting Rep and former Chair Jeff Hunter, Geneva Reid, Kelly Luckhaus. Standing, L-R: Geoff Losee, Secretary Dorothy Rankin, Chair David Zumbro, Station Manager Cleve Callison, Ned Glascock, Rob Zapple, Stephanie Meyers, Sarah Watstein, Treasurer Jeff Smith. Not pictured: Robert Epstein, Andrew Gray, Margaret Haynes.

The WHQR Board of Directors met on March 7th to review activities at the station and plan for the future. The group examined progress made in the Strategic Plan adopted in August-September 2012 and looked at timelines and some revisions of the plan's remaining goals.

The Board noted that 2 of the 5 goals of the plan had been met entirely or in large part in 2014, WHQR's 30th Anniversary year:

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Friday Feedback for March 6, 2015

Elmer Fudd from 1943's To Duck or Not to Duck, which introduced the character to the Looney Tunes series.

Tracy Kellogg-Brodeur wrote:

I am so so thankful for Coastline!!!! Love love love the local focus! It's always so well moderated. Thank you for all you do for our community!

Ronald Cohen wrote:

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Inside WHQR
7:30 am
Fri February 27, 2015

How to listen to WHQR online via iTunes

Credit Wikimedia Commons

On Friday Feedback February 27, 2015, we promised to give instructions on:


In iTunes, go to:

File > Open Stream

for HQR News, type in:

for Classical HQR, type in:

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Friday Feedback for February 27, 2015

"Smooth Landing" by Elizabeth Darrow. Final reception TONIGHT, Friday 2/27, 6-9 pm.
Credit Elizabeth Darrow

Kimberly wrote last week:

I listen to WHQR at work, and usually I listen off the NPR website because it streams (as opposed to downloading the mp3 file). Within the last month, the WHQR stream from the NPR website is the WHQR classical station. In case this is a mistake, just wanted to let you guys know - otherwise, often, the mp3 file won't play consistently from the local website.

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Severe Weather
11:39 am
Tue February 24, 2015

WHQR at reduced power

Update 3:16 pm: Classical HQR is not back on the air!

Update 3:15 pm: Classical HQR at 96.7 is now off the air. We do not know when it will be back on. You can still stream Classical HQR from the Listen Live button in the upper left corner.

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5:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Friday Feedback for February 20, 2015

Alexa Doran, poet and WHQR/UNCW Graduate Fellow

In reference to last week’s CoastLine show on offshore drilling, Alina asked:

Where can we listen to the archived version of this if we missed it live?

For Alina and other: all of our CoastLine shows are archived, usually later on Wednesday afternoons. Each show is in three parts.


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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Friday Feedback for February 13, 2015

Gina Gambony

Listeners reacted with approval to our recent announcement that Gina Gambony has been hired as our Classical Host. You hear her voice Tuesday - Friday between 9am and 1pm on Classical HQR, and at other times. Gloria Shirley wrote on our website:

Congratulations, Gina. I always knew you were destined for great things!

Jean D. wrote:

So happy to hear your news, Gina. It couldn't happen to a nicer person. Best wishes in your new venture.

Sue Abramsky and Harold Sparr wrote:

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Friday Feedback for February 6, 2015

Flutist Suzanne Bona, host of Sunday Baroque; pianist Barbara McKenzie; guitarist Richard Goering, last February during Suzanne's visit to Wilmington

An anonymous listener wrote:

Your stations do such a good job. Recently on Sunday Baroque, you had a Galliard on with bongos, tambourine and acoustic guitar. Why not throw in a Hammond H3 and a Fender Stratocaster and a set of back up girls?....  I had to cut the radio off. Sorry.

Also last week, listener J. Tennille wrote on our website:

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New Classical Host
4:11 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Welcome Gina Gambony!

I am very pleased to announce that, following the recommendation of the search committee, Gina Gambony is now our new Classical Host.

You've already heard what a fine job Gina has done since December following Jemila Ericson's departure. You may not have seen all the other helpful things Gina has been responsible for here, such as program logs, voice breaks in all kinds of shows, the Cultural Calendar and a host of other duties.

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