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.

Ways to Connect

Listener Joe Lynne wrote:

Cleve's constant, never-ending "thank yous" to the 1754 donors for this past pledge drive are worse than listening to a broken record...

Friday Feedback after a pledge drive is a good place to summarize listener comments, and since we ended our drive last Tuesday, here goes:

Janet Seapker and Edward Turberg  said:

z.Rally coverage

Mar 18, 2012

Rally coverage from March 15, 2012. Files are for 6:06 am, 7:06 am, and 8:06 am.

The February 29th story on election filings can be found here.

 

Listener Jacqueline wrote:

I still miss the second hour of Talk of the Nation and Bob Edwards Weekend.

Listener Jay wrote on Wednesday of this week:

Why aren't you airing Bruce Springsteen's keynote address from the [South by Southwest] music festival in Austin TX tomorrow (Thurs) at 12:00 Central Time? All the publications say it is going to broadcast live on NPR.

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Wendy Richards wrote:

I can't tell you how shocked and disappointed I was last Saturday to have the very dramatic and important end of the Met's broadcast of Aida cut off right at 5:00, to accommodate other programming.

Recently we received some good news from a national benchmarking study: WHQR is one of the leading stations in the country in both effectiveness and efficiency of fundraising. A couple of charts illustrating these trends are worth at least a thousand words each:

Before we begin, I wanted to pass along a quotation I encountered this week in one of my favorite blogs. It’s from the great American poet Robert Frost:

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

WHQR's HD2 stream (all-classical) dropped out at 10:00 am Sunday morning. We are working on a re-boot. Thanks for your patience.

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Listener Dan wrote:

For the second year running, one of your announcers has referred to Presidents Day as Washington's Birthday. I pointed this out last year, but

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This is an expanded version of Friday Feedback that aired February 17th. Listener Sonja wrote:

My husband and I will become members as soon as your management starts downplaying the panhandling and pomposity. 

Dear WHQR Friends,

WHQR is thrilled to be co-presenting The Great American Songbook Live at Thalian Hall on Friday, March 2 at 8:30. The show, with an expanded cast of musicians, will be a live version of our popular radio feature with Phil Furia, heard each afternoon at 1:30.

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Listener Paul wrote:

Please move the Diane Rehm show off of WHQR or to a late night time slot. My afternoon commute is ruined now that I have to choose between right-wing propaganda and the left-wing Rehm.

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Listener Lynn wrote:

I am a long time supporter and listener of your station, enjoying most your morning news, afternoon news, all things considered segments.  I am independent, politically, leaning towards conservatism...

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Susan Smith Sims wrote:

Tune in to Comedy Central tonight (Wed., Jan. 25, 11:30 pm Eastern) when Fresh Air's Terry Gross goes toe-to-toe with recent candidate for President of the United States of South Carolina, Stephen Colbert.

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[A section of this post and corresponding audio has been deleted that incorrectly identified a contest winner's prize].

Last week I read a number of comments from listeners who had bones to pick with us. This week, we’ve had many fewer comments, and I used the opportunity to go back and see what people wrote to us who contacted us by web pledges during our one-day drive in December. And that reminds me to address an issue I have heard a number of people ask about, and that’s the selection of comments to read.

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Thank you to the members of the Thursday Morning Music Club. They invited me to speak to them yesterday. They had some very nice comments about the station and some very interesting questions.

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Note: We received so much Feedback this week that we couldn't get it all on the air. The text below, and the audio, include segments edited out of the on-air version.

We introduced a few program changes to our weekend lineup last week. A listener who wishes to remain anonymous wrote:

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The Times, or at least some shows, they are a changin’ –

WHQR’s program line-up has remained relatively stable for years. Yet change comes to all things and we’re tweaking a few hours in our schedule to meet our primary goal of serving you the finest public radio has to offer while remaining good stewards of your financial contributions. With that in mind, we present some new programs to enjoy as we begin 2012:

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Dear WHQR Listener,

As the year comes to a close, it's a tradition to both look back and anticipate what lies ahead.

2011 has been a year of significant progress. We've made some important additions to staff: Michelle Bliss as News Director, and the return of both Bob Workmon and Rachel Lewis Hilburn. We also received a very positive audit, for the first time in years. I'm very glad that we have reduced the number of fundraising days from 26 to 17, at the same time increasing our membership income. We also continue to work on bringing you the best programming possible.

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Last Saturday at seven minutes after 10 am we received this email from listener Harry:

WHERE IS CAR TALK?! And WHAT is this TOTAL religious CRAP you are foisting upon us!

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a live broadcast from King's College in Cambridge, England. It has been broadcast at 10 am on Christmas Eve ever since WHQR signed on in 1984. We have included this as one of several holiday-related specials scheduled at this time of the year, which have been publicized on the air and on our website for several days.

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The StarNews has named ‘Amplify – Kowalski Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Kinetics and More' at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery one of its top 10 art exhibitions of 2011. Justin Lacy's retrospective had this to say:

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NOTE: We have a brand new number for our Feedback line: 910-292-WHQR. That’s 910-292-9477.

Listener Howard Bollinger, who had pledged in October, wrote this:

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The week after a fund drive is a very good one for getting lots of feedback. Listeners who called or wrote in to our one-day drive on December 8th had some interesting comments for us and for our partners, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. For every pledge, Build Pro donated a standard 2x4 to be used to construct a Habitat house next spring.

Robert Sherman and Lucy Sherman of Hampstead said:

Leave the BBC alone.

Deborah Ullmer of Wilmington said:

I listen to it every am and my husband and I don’t know what we would do without it.

The 2011 WHQR Survey

Dec 15, 2011
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At WHQR, we value your opinions. Help us by filling out our simple listener survey. Our Smooth Landings Guest DJ Spot has been won, but you can still help us out. The deadline is January 31st.

Thank you!

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A listener who describes himself as a 20-year fan says:

I'm a long-time listener and generous supporter who begins my day at 5AM listening to Morning Edition.

Today marks the official release date of Linda Lavin’s first CD, “Possibilities”. It features an eclectic mix of Broadway standards and cabaret songs, with musical direction, arrangements and piano by Billy Stritch. It’s a big day for the Tony- and Golden Globe winning actress and Wilmington resident...and although she’s celebrating tonight with a release party at New York City’s Birdland (the famous jazz club) she took some time out to talk with WHQR’s George Scheibner about the new CD.

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Dear Friend of WHQR:

Good news! You can still take advantage of the Charitable IRA Rollover before it expires on December 31st. This special giving opportunity offers attractive benefits to you and will help support the good work of WHQR.
Here’s how it works:

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Listener Paul from Oak Island is not a fan of Diane Rehm. He tweeted:

...sure do wish [Science Friday] was still 2-4pm! . . . thank goodness for podcasts!

And we had a similar message from Ron Cohen, but he prefers that her show

...should be dropped and music substituted. Less irrelevant and purposeless ventilation and more life-affirming music.

Listener Bob wrote what he called his “humble opinions”:

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Update: Attempts to remove the damaged crane described below caused a mandatory evacuation of buildings in the 200 block of North Front Street, including the WHQR studios. For about 3 hours Tuesday afternoon we operated on a computerized schedule.

Work has been proceeding on the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, which is going up on Grace Street in Wilmington (right behind our building). For the last couple of days workers have been driving iron pilings into the ground, which has given our building a severe case of the jitters all day long. But not right now.

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