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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Yum!
10:26 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Regional Favorites from Listeners

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During our Spring drive, listeners on Saturday morning were asked, "What's your favorite regional dish?" This was while the group Feast Down East was helping answer phones. Here, in no particular order, are the suggestions:

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Friday Feedback for March 21, 2014

At this time of year, as we prepare for our Spring pledge drive starting next week, we’re getting comments from people making early pledges. Catherine McFeeters of Baltimore wrote:

[I] Absolutely LOVE Smooth Landings! Will listen to it on my computer when not in the Wilmington area!!

Tim Marvin of Kure Beach wrote:

I really [enjoy] the commentaries, especially the one for [last] week by Philip Gerard.

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Friday Feedback for March 14, 2014

Classical music -- threat or menace?
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Last week’s Fresh Voices commentary by New Hanover High School student Patrick Peoples drew some reaction. Mary B wrote:

Terrific commentary - thank you for sharing your memories and challenges.

Walter James Duke wrote:

[I] wanted to express my appreciation to Mr. Peoples for sharing this and to thank WHQR for having the courage to allow Patrick's thoughtful and touching commentary on what is a often a very sensitive topic in our community. Thank you!

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Inside WHQR
5:16 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Jemila Ericson

WHQR's classical music mainstay, Jemila Ericson, has been away from her daily 9 am - 1 pm shift for a few days to tend to her mother Jean in her last days. Jean Ericson died at Trinity Grove care facility early in the morning of Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Jemila wanted her listeners to know that she appreciates the expressions of concern and care she received during her mom's long illness. Your thoughts and prayers have been and are welcomed. Jemila expects to return to the air in a few days.

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Friday Feedback for March 7, 2014

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In this week's big news, listeners all over the region were anxiously tuned in to WHQR on Sunday night to see if we'd do it yet one more time. Frequent correspondent Nancy Geimer wrote to us on Monday:

Yay!! RadioLab this week was a program we've never heard before, and we enjoyed it. We look forward to hearing another program that we've never heard before, next week! Thanks for all you do.

I wrote back to Nancy and asked if could use her name. Her reply?

Why not? I'm starting to feel like a minor celebrity!

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50-year veteran to retire
2:51 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Send your voicemail message to Carl Kasell

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More than 2,200 people have Carl Kasell’s voice on their home answering machines and cell phones – where he’s performed everything from "What’s New Pussycat" to "Rapper’s Delight" as Official Judge and Scorekeeper for Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

After recording so many messages for others, it’s time we record a few for him.  You are invited to leave Carl voice mails by calling 1-888-Wait-Wait (1-888-924-8924; select the second option).

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Listeners share their views
5:15 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Friday Feedback for February 28, 2014

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Listener Martyn, who had previously written to us about his growing tired of the word “eclectic”, noticed in a web page comment that we had done it again, on January 20th at 2:00 pm.

Remember how way back when – a week ago, in fact – listener Nancy wrote:

Are we expected to memorize the content of the Radio Lab show about the smoker who talks about giving $5000 to the Ku Klux Klan?

We promised to get repetition taken care of. I said as much on the air a week ago. By now you as an alert listener will have guessed that --

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Friday is the deadline!
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

The Spring 2014 WHQR Survey

The Spring 2014 WHQR Survey is your chance to tell us what you like -- and don't like -- about WHQR. And one lucky participant will win a WHQR Smooth Landing Guest DJ slot.

This spring we've made it easier than ever to enter. WHQR members will soon be receiving copies of the survey in the mail. But the online version is quick and easy to fill out, with more room for your comments about WHQR. Find the online version at surveymonkey.com/s/SurveySpring2014

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Friday Feedback for February 21, 2014

Yes, Splat.

Remember how in the last couple of weeks, we’ve had lots of compliments about various aspects of the station? Well, just when you think you’re flying high…

[AUDIO CLIP – SPLAT]

This is the other kind of Feedback.

Listener John wrote:

I live in Wilmington. Your broadcast has been stuttering for the last several weeks and very hard to listen to. What is going on?

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Local
9:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Stained Glass Artist Rowan LeCompte, RIP

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National Cathedral stained glass artist and long-time friend of WHQR Rowan LeCompte has died. Last Saturday's Washington Post announced his death at the age of 88.

Pat Marriott sent this tribute:

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