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

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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Last week I read a number of critical comments taken from our recent Listener Survey. Several people were moved to respond. Listener Bill wrote:

Listener Anonymous of Oak Island wrote:

It is currently 23:39 and you have your hideous strident Jazz program ruining another evening when people wish to be lulled to sleep. The radio would have been turned off a long time ago except for the BBC which follows. I am aware that I am not the only one unhappy with this daily abusive cacophony so we must be being abused to indulge some WHQR upper echelon exercising their 'Radio With Vision'."

Update 5/22: So far, other stations that we know of who will be carrying this show are KHNS in Alaska, (Haines, Skagway and Klukwan), Spokane Public Radio, and KTXK in Texarkana, Texas.

WHQR presents a special program for this year's Memorial Day commemoration. Since 2010 WHQR has presented daily segments of the Great American Songbook, produced by George Scheibner with Dr. Philip Furia. Collectively the episodes present an enduring body of classic American song, performed generation after generation by musicians and singers.

Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner worked over the weekend on installing new HD circuitry in our main 91.3 transmitter. Once this is done, listeners who have had difficulty receiving Classical HQR on 96.7 will be able to hear 24-hour classical music on an HD radio tuned to 91.3's HD2 signal.

Unfortunately, the HD upgrade could not be completed due to a missing part in the inventory supplied by the manufacturer. We will be ordering it and get Jobie back in action as soon as possible. 91.3, HD1 and HD2, and 96.7 are all operational as before.

A long-awaited power boost to our HD signal is scheduled to be implemented today (Saturday May 16). HQR News at 91.3 will be at reduced power beginning around noon while engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner work on installing new HD circuitry in our main 91.3 transmitter. Once this is done, listeners who have had difficulty receiving Classical HQR on 96.7 should be able to hear 24-hour classical music on an HD radio tuned to 91.3's HD2 signal. Thank you for your patience.

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Listener bicyclestreet wrote:

Hello. Please stop your radio hosts from reading the national and world news topics that be will covered in the upcoming NPR programs. It’s too redundant. Many times the national news hosts already preview the upcoming story. It does not give our own news people more clout - it just sounds weird. I turn the radio off when I hear the Wilmington staff do this.

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Last week I read a message from Scott, who was having trouble getting our webstream on his iPhone. On our web page M R W wrote:

Scott could also try the NPR News app for listening on his phone. it has streams of both HQR stations and has always worked well for me.

Listener Scott wrote:

The Spring 2015 WHQR Survey is your chance to tell us what you like -- and don't like -- about WHQR.  At WHQR your opinion counts. Help make the station even better by taking our quick online Spring Listener Survey. All participants will be entered to win a Smooth Landings Guest DJ spot!

Visit whqr.org and click on the survey…but hurry, the survey closes Wednesday at 5pm. Thank you for helping make WHQR all that it can be.

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On Saturday April 26th the Wilmington Symphony and the UNC Wilmington Opera Outreach Program (UNC WOOP) will present a fully-staged production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Associate Professor of Music Nancy King is the stage manager and freshman tenor Daniel Papparozzi is Prince Tamino. They were the guests on this edition of Midday Interview. They discussed

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1) The sum of the first 31 odd prime numbers is a perfect square:
3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + ... + 83 + 87 + 89 = 31 x 31

2) There are 31 letters in the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet.

3) Thirty-one is a betting game played with cards.

4) In French the expression trente et un (31) refers to someone who is well dressed.

5) There are 31 days in most months.

6) a billion seconds is (roughly) 31 years...

and

7) WHQR is 31 years old today!

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