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

There are few things public radio listeners seems to like to more than wrestling with language usage. I’m the same way, and since I have this bully pulpit, I get to play (in the words of Dave Barry) Mr. Language Person and be a referee once in a while. We have a couple of good ones today.

Listener Bill DiNome wrote:

Tonight's Cinematique Film, Meru, will play at its scheduled time of 7pm at Thalian Hall. We encourage  patrons to use extreme caution on roadways while traveling or choose to attend another screening of the movie on Tuesday at 7pm or  Wednesday at 4pm or 7pm. The Thalian Hall Center Box Office will open at 2pm. Please call with any questions at 910-632-2285.

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A couple of weeks ago I read a message from Marilyn in Wilmington, saying that she was unable to work the programmable controls on a new radio. She wondered if a listener had an unused radio they’d like to part with. Listener Corinne responded to that request:

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This one-hour special will be hosted by Steve Inskeep, Sunday at 6 pm.

Few Americans remember that Iran launched its nuclear program in the 1950s with the direct backing of its then ally, the United States. That American support would turn to sanctions and threats of war over Iran's nuclear ambitions. The bitter rivals opened secret negotiations two years ago and are now party to a high-risk deal. Supporters and critics agree it's a pivotal moment -- but for better or worse?

Barbara and Tom wrote:

We are writing a fan letter to you. We can't tell you how happy it makes us listening to Gina [Gambony’s classical music] programs. She is so fun, so informative, and we love her taste in music. We look forward to her interviews, of course, too. There's an art to asking interesting questions and getting interesting answers. What can we say? She's an artist! Thanks for sharing her with us all.

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Isabelle Shepherd’s story on North Carolina hog farmers and state subsidies for methane production drew some comments on our website. Chris Weaver characterized subsidies for methane and solar, calling them

Rube Goldberg scheme[s] … by which State legislators craft law to spend our treasure to receive payback blessing from the lobbyists across the street.

It’s hurricane season, and that means coastal residents are alert to weather patterns developing in other parts of the world, including some Portuguese-speaking islands. But how do you pronounce V-E-R-D-E? Photographer, WHQR supporter and volunteer Paul Reinman set us straight:

Aaaaand ..... we're back with your questions and comments.

Listener James in Supply wrote:

The board made a big mistake in going from your core competency, [i.e. a] classical station to news. The airways are full of talking heads.

Anonymous wrote:

Frank Funk, Ph.D., passed away August 21st in Tucson, Arizona at age 92. Frank and his wife Ruth, who preceded him in death, were remarkable examples of people who achieved much in their professional careers and went on to become unparalleled examples of volunteer service after retiring to Wilmington.

**Please note that some material in the following segment and audio contains language that some may find disturbing. Discretion is advised**.

Judith Gebauer wrote:

Please retire the Car Talk rebroadcasts on Saturday mornings.

Bryce Flint-Somerville wrote:

Smooth Landings almost always hits me in exactly the right place. It's as if I have a personal DJ to select the right songs for my emotional reality at the end of the day. Uncanny and sublime!

The greatest feedback of the past few weeks has been the fact that so many people joined together to push us over the top in our Stealth campaign. We finished 6 hours early, on Monday the 27th, and so we able to cancel our traditional summer marathon drive. We welcome all new and renewing members who contacted us by mail or web. Here are a few of their comments. Long-time listener and supporter Penelope wrote:

As listeners know, our first-ever Summer Stealth Drive was a success. It went over its goal 11 hours early on Monday July 27th, thus eliminating the usual summer 3- or 4-day marathon. Going past the goal is a great boost for the station as we begin our 2015-16 Fiscal Year. For those who want to dive a little deeper, we have some some questions and answers. But first, a couple of definitions:

Listener Beth wrote:

Thank you for doing the no interruption fund raising. It made me want to donate again.

Listener RA agreed, but added,

Just don’t spend days telling us how you are not going to interrupt programming!

That’s our hope, RA, but it depends on how the pledges come in – when we hit the goal, we’ll stop. Thanks for writing.

Listener Helen wrote:

WHQR's repeater for HQR News in Myrtle Beach, 98.9 FM, is back on the air following repairs made by engineer Jobie Sprinkle, with George Scheibner assisting. The signal had been off the air for approximately 2 weeks after apparently being struck by lightning.

Listeners in the area between Myrtle Beach proper and North Myrtle Beach can experiment to see if our main signal at 91.3 or the repeater at 98.9 is the stronger. We appreciate your patience, and thank you for the calls and inquiries during this time.

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June Gerken of Leland wrote:

Love the "stealth" campaign idea -- hope it's successful! Also love having the news station.

Thank you, June. We’ve been very pleased with the results of the Summer Stealth campaign so far. Thanks to all who have, like June, made comments with their pledges at WHQR.org. Most of today’s Feedback comes from that source.

Zaki Al-Meer of Hampstead wrote:

Baby Boomers are once again leading a new trend: retiree entrepreneurship. Instead of giving up work at 60, they’re starting new careers based on their expertise and hobbies. This activity is especially evident in areas like the Cape Fear region, where many retired entrepreneurs have joined others in making a new lifestyle. We explore post-retirement work, especially starting new businesses, on today’s CoastLine.

Guests:

The Annual Meeting of Friends of Public Radio will be held this Thursday, July 16th, at 6pm in the WHQR studios, 254 North Front Street Suite 300 in Wilmington.

The formal business of the meeting will be to elect a new Board member for a term ending in 2018. We'll also hear reports from the Board and station management on the past year's events (hint: it was a very good year) and plans for the future. As always, there will be time for public comment.

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Several days ago, listener Mackie wrote:

Listener Jonathan wrote:

I’m just 'shootin' you guys [some money] because I'm loving the night time music schedule. The Jazz has kept me from too much tv watching during the week, and Soup to Nuts, Smooth Landings etc have been so awesome lately too. Thanks for your sliver of sanity on a cluttered radio dial!!

Listen Yvonne wrote:

I found that by tuning my car radio to your music station while I was in Wilmington, I can still get it in/around Southport (smiley face).  I had been unable to tune into it from Southport.

President Obama will attend the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral Friday in Charleston, South Carolina and he will be accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama. The funeral service begins at 11:00 am and President Obama will deliver a eulogy. The White House has not said what time the President will speak.

HQR News 91.3 will provide the entire funeral service. Also, NPR News magazines Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered  will include  coverage of the funeral in their programs.

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Anthropologist Monroe Fisher's African trail was called one of the "world’s best hikes" by the National Geographic. His new project, Carolina Rivers, has begun documenting 32 rivers of North and South Carolina. He was our our guest on CoastLine on June 17th, 2015.

Listener John wrote:

I have heard a couple of NPR segments lately devoted to music theory but only with examples from pop music or blues. However, I don't recall similar theoretical analyses of classical music, which in general is more complex. If NPR wants to explain music theory it should devote at least as much attention to classical music genres.

Listener Roger wrote to us on Saturday morning:

Yesterday, Saturday June 13, 2015, Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner made the final steps to improving 91.3's HD signal. Now, listeners with HD radios will receive both HQR News (HD1) and Classical HQR (HD2) throughout most of the 91.3 listening area. Correct orientation and location, plus an external antenna, may still be necessary.

WHQR will operate at reduced power, starting early afternoon today, Saturday June 13, 2015. We'll make what we hope are final steps in improving 91.3's HD signal. This will allow listeners with HD radios to receive both HQR News and Classical HQR in the full geographic range of 91.3. Fingers crossed!

Listener Angela wrote on Tuesday:

I was disappointed this morning to hear irresponsible framing of abortion numbers in your reporting. No concrete causation was offered in which you shared any data to support why abortion numbers in NC have dropped. However meaningless correlation between numbers dropping and [the proposed bill] forcing women to wait [72 hours] was mentioned by the reporter.

The next monthly meeting of Board of the Friends of Public Radio, Inc. will be as follows

  • Thursday, June 18th, 2015, at 4:30 pm
  • WHQR studios
  • 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC

Meetings of the Board are open to the public. Seating is limited and we request that anyone interested in attending notify us by writing to the above address, or by emailing us at whqr@whqr.org.

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal's next event in its popular Power Breakfast series is today:

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 23, 2014.    

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.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 14, 2013. 

On this special edition of CoastLine, we featured a Reporters' Roundtable. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn spoke with two veteran journalists, reporter Kevin Maurer of the StarNews and Scott Pickey, news director of WWAY/TV3. The topic: What are the top stories on the minds of WHQR listeners? Find out what they explored on today's edition of CoastLine.

Of course our big news this week was the visit of Cokie Roberts to Wilmington on Wednesday. It was our largest fundraising event ever, with 500 people in attendance.

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