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

Thanks to the intrepid work of Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and our own George Scheibner, listeners in the Myrtle Beach area can now enjoy Classical HQR, thanks to a brand-new signal at 102.3. The signal was made operational on Saturday, April 23, 2016 (Shakespeare's birthday, and the day after WHQR's 32nd anniversary).

Early tests indicate that many communities in the Grand Strand can now enjoy 24-hour classical music, including our own local programs with Gina Gambony and Pat Marriott as well as the Metropolitan Opera.

From Sunday, April 22nd, 1984: the very beginning of WHQR. With Michael Titterton, first manager of WHQR. And more:

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Today’s Friday Feedback comes with a request. A month or so ago we launched our Spring 2016 Listener Survey. Listeners could fill it out by paper or on the web. I want to thank everyone who has filled out the survey – about 200 of you have done so – but I’d love to have some more responses. We’ve extended the deadline until this Sunday April 24th at midnight, and you can find the link on our website. I’ll put it in the online version of this Friday Feedback also.

Here at the station we’re still basking in the reception NPR’s Don Gonyea received from the 500 or so at our annual fundraising luncheon on Wednesday. Here’s a comment we got from listener JC: “I’m amazed at the great support the WHQR team has built in a relatively small market like Wilmington. This crowd rivaled any I’ve experience in [my former home town] which has a rich public radio tradition and a population base over 4 times greater Wilmington’s. I enjoyed Don Gonyea’s unique perspective on this election cycle.

Listener John wrote after our Partnership Challenge drive: “I know you are pleased to have the recent pledge drive completed and so am I. While I usually only listen to the station while driving around town I find the unrelenting clownish theatrics employed by your staff and volunteers during pledge week to be quite annoying and offensive. I would double my annual contribution if you would cease these annoying tactics. I realize that funding is essential for your operations but isn't there a better way?”

Today’s Feedback offers a peek behind the curtain of our recently-concluded fundraising drive. Let’s start with a strong dissent from listener Justin: “I would first like to express that my radio seldom changes from WHQR and that I am grateful for the amount of information imparted to me through your various news programs. I appreciate that you are a public station and rely on public funding for support and operational costs. However, I am deeply offended and dismayed by [your] recent plea during your pledge drive piggybacking on the Brussels tragedy." He continues:

First off…today is commentator Nan Graham’s birthday!

We will be fundraising next week in our Partnership Challenge, so there won’t be an official Friday Feedback. I expect some listeners will wonder what we mean by saying “92 is the new 96.” We now have two different signal for Classical HQR, 92.7 and 96.7. And we’d like your input. More on that in a moment. But first, the story of a pledge made good -- 22 years later.

I’ve noticed a pattern in Friday Feedback lately, and perhaps you have too. Either lots of complaints (like two weeks ago), lots of praise (like last week), or else zero, zip, nada.

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Here are a couple of thank-yous that really belong to NPR, but I thought our listeners might like to hear them. Listener Anne Van Slyke wrote:

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Note: audio for this story, which aired on Tuesday February 9th, is not available due to operator error (mine). -- CC

Singles Soirée is a new event, a Valentine's Day fundraiser for all ages in support of The Davis Community (assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation). In fact, it's their first fundraiser after nearly 50 years. Julie Rehder dropped by the station on Tuesday for our Midday Interview.

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Classical music in our area is seeing a renewed vigor on 96.7 Classical HQR, and in live concerts in our own MC Erny Gallery. A special live broadcast Friday at noon will feature the acclaimed Calidore String Quartet, in town to perform a full-length concert for our co-sponsor Chamber Music Wilmington.

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Just in time for the 2016 elections: Ken Rudin's Political Junkie is now on WHQR, Fridays at 1 pm and Sundays at 4 pm!

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Happy New Year to all our listeners! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and we look forward to bringing you great radio in 2016. Just like the old Mickey Mouse Club, we have different days here on Friday Feedback, and today, Mouseketeers, is another Gripe Day!

Listener Jack called in during Wednesday’s Coastline to ask that our guests not use the word “suck” as a term of disapproval. He felt it cheapens our language to use it as a word for something ugly, and suggest the guests use “stink” instead.

Listener Bill wrote:

Wilmington is looking forward to Michelle Dockery sightings.

I’m Cleve Callison, Station Manager of WHQR, here with a special holiday edition of Friday Feedback.

[AUDIO CLIP: Feedback from “I Feel Fine”]

Today’s Christmas Day edition of Friday Feedback consists of a single letter. This actually arrived in the mail – yes, the snail mail – earlier this week, and its from Norman Sprinthall in Caswell Beach. He writes:

“All is forgiven”

Happy Holidays! Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, 2015 has been a very good year for WHQR and our listeners. Here's information on a provision of the law that may be beneficial to some donors:

Congress has passed a tax extenders package that would make permanent the Charitable IRA Rollover provision, and President Obama is expected to sign it very soon if not already.

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Last week’s 1-day December drive continues to have good repercussions. I’ll get to some some comments in a minute, but here’s a message from Food Bank Executive Director Beth Gaglione:

I heard Cleve’s on-air message on Sunday thanking the community for their support of the one-day drive and mentioning the food bank. We are so happy to have been able to partner with you on this drive. It was wonderful exposure for the Food Bank and the work we do every day to provide food to people in need.

Here’s a comment from listener Darrel in Southport:

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The exhibit For All the World to See is now on display at the Cape Fear Museum.  It examines the role media and visual imagery played in the struggle for civil rights from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Joining Cleve Callison on this edition of CoastLine to discuss this history – juxtaposed against today -- with the immediacy of cell phone video and social media are three guests:  

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Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s 1-Day December Drive. We’re pleased to support the work of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and we join with them in thanking Food Lion for donating 4 pounds of food for every pledge received. Here’s a typical reaction from the drive. James Jones of Wilmington wrote:

It’s great to see the station & Food Lion helping feed the hungry at this time of year.

We couldn’t agree more. Thank you, everyone.

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Listener Wendy wrote to Mary Bradley:

Thanks for all you do to keep listeners on top of things. I look forward to receiving the [station’s] emails regularly. What’s happened to Friday Feedback? It hasn’t been on air for several weeks. Happy Holidays, to everyone at WHQR.

I wrote to Wendy:

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Hunter Hatcher wrote:

I just wanted to tell you guys how much WHQR means to me. You guys have become a part of my life since I started listening 2 years ago. It makes me so happy, every day that I listen, knowing that there is a news source out there that cares about my (and my neighbors) well-being and knowledge. I would also like to send appreciation to all of the financial supporters to WHQR who make it possible for a broke college student like me to get solid, unbiased news. Forever indebted to you!

For those of you who are WHQR listeners and who are not Martians [blue], you know that we concluded our Fall 2015 drive this week. It was a success, going about $4,000 over our $140,000 goal, and ending on time. Here’s one of my favorite Feedbacks, from Kimberly Cook in Wilmington:

I love the station. It makes me feel like I’m part of this wonderful community.

Now for a couple of negative comments. John Sheehan said:

Do away with on-air pledge drives!

Great friend of the station Pat Marriott will MATCH EVERY PLEDGE made today before 10:00 am.

EVERY PLEDGE! Call all your friends and neighbors and tell them to call 910-343-1138, or pledge online at the top of this page!

EVERY PLEDGE!

Thanks to vacation schedule and some minor health-related down time, we have rearranged some people’s times on air – you’ve heard Bob Workmon, Gina Gambony, Todd Patterson, Rachel Lewis Hilburn and yours truly taking guest slots, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria, you name it.

Listeners noticed. Anonymous wrote:

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