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 AJ wrote last Friday:

I just heard Cleve read Anonymous's very harsh criticism of the female staff's occasional silliness (shrillness??) during the recent fund raising week and I could not disagree more. WHQR's fundraising weeks are successful because they are fun, casual and listeners occasionally get to hear the normally very professional, serious staff -- male and female --being silly. We get to know them better, and that's a good thing. It might not work for every NPR station, but it works here in oh so casual Wilmington. I say keep it up, I love it!

Our Spring 2015 on-air fundraising campaign ended on Wednesday morning. Thanks to everyone who made pledges of support. I’ll get to some comments from the campaign in just a moment. But first, this from Don Eggert:

Today is Your Last Chance to:

*  Enter the Umstead Hotel and Spa giveaway
*  Get the great prizes and thank-you gifts in this drive

•   Let’s make this the best day ever for WHQR
•   Our goal is to finish at $160,000 by 7 today
*  Every pledge makes WHQR stronger

CALL 910-343-1138, or pledge at whqr.org!

Today we welcome some special visitors to Wilmington’s friendly shores. Staff members from many of North Carolina’s other public radio stations are in town for a conference on station growth. This is the first time in several years that the North Carolina stations have gotten together. Thanks to Jeff Hunter of our staff for his tireless efforts at putting this event together, and to the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach for hosting the group. We welcome our colleagues to town!

Last week I read a letter critical of using popular culture like movies and cartoons to water down classical melodies the real thing. I played a short excerpt from a Warner Brothers Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny cartoon to illustrate the idea, and asked for comments from listeners.

Listener Susan from Shallotte agreed with last week’s writer. She wrote:

The WHQR Board of Directors met on March 7th to review activities at the station and plan for the future. The group examined progress made in the Strategic Plan adopted in August-September 2012 and looked at timelines and some revisions of the plan's remaining goals.

The Board noted that 2 of the 5 goals of the plan had been met entirely or in large part in 2014, WHQR's 30th Anniversary year:

Tracy Kellogg-Brodeur wrote:

I am so so thankful for Coastline!!!! Love love love the local focus! It's always so well moderated. Thank you for all you do for our community!

Ronald Cohen wrote:

On Friday Feedback February 27, 2015, we promised to give instructions on:

LISTENING TO WHQR ONLINE

In iTunes, go to:

File > Open Stream

for HQR News, type in:

http://audio-mp3.ibiblio.org:8000/whqr_hd1

for Classical HQR, type in:

http://audio-mp3.ibiblio.org:8000/whqr_hd2

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Kimberly wrote last week:

I listen to WHQR at work, and usually I listen off the NPR website because it streams (as opposed to downloading the mp3 file). Within the last month, the WHQR stream from the NPR website is the WHQR classical station. In case this is a mistake, just wanted to let you guys know - otherwise, often, the mp3 file won't play consistently from the local website.

Update 3:16 pm: Classical HQR is not back on the air!

Update 3:15 pm: Classical HQR at 96.7 is now off the air. We do not know when it will be back on. You can still stream Classical HQR from the Listen Live button in the upper left corner.

In reference to last week’s CoastLine show on offshore drilling, Alina asked:

Where can we listen to the archived version of this if we missed it live?

For Alina and other: all of our CoastLine shows are archived, usually later on Wednesday afternoons. Each show is in three parts.

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Listeners reacted with approval to our recent announcement that Gina Gambony has been hired as our Classical Host. You hear her voice Tuesday - Friday between 9am and 1pm on Classical HQR, and at other times. Gloria Shirley wrote on our website:

Congratulations, Gina. I always knew you were destined for great things!

Jean D. wrote:

So happy to hear your news, Gina. It couldn't happen to a nicer person. Best wishes in your new venture.

Sue Abramsky and Harold Sparr wrote:

An anonymous listener wrote:

Your stations do such a good job. Recently on Sunday Baroque, you had a Galliard on with bongos, tambourine and acoustic guitar. Why not throw in a Hammond H3 and a Fender Stratocaster and a set of back up girls?....  I had to cut the radio off. Sorry.

Also last week, listener J. Tennille wrote on our website:

I am very pleased to announce that, following the recommendation of the search committee, Gina Gambony is now our new Classical Host.

You've already heard what a fine job Gina has done since December following Jemila Ericson's departure. You may not have seen all the other helpful things Gina has been responsible for here, such as program logs, voice breaks in all kinds of shows, the Cultural Calendar and a host of other duties.

Linda wrote:

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We’ve had plenty of good comments on Friday Feedback recently. Better fasten your seat belts for today’s installment.

Last August we conducted a survey of classical music listeners as we prepared to launch Classical HQR on 96.7. Now that it’s been on the, we’ve re-contacted with those who filled out the earlier survey and who gave us their mailing addresses. A few responses have come in, too few so far to draw any general conclusions, but some of the comments are … interesting.

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We haven’t had any inquiries about this, but I want to give a brief update on some weather-related and other issues we’ve had recently, mostly affecting Classical HQR.

Tuesday 1/13, 11:15 am: A power outage at our 91.3 transmitter site in Brunswick county has caused 91.3 to operate at reduced power. As a result, HD2 Classical HQR and 96.7 are also off the air. We don't know at this time when power will be restored. Our live streams for HQR News and Classical HQR should continue to be operational.

This outage is not related to a different problem which took 96.7 off the air for several hours yesterday. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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It’s been pretty quiet in this first week since the holidays. I assume most people are catching up on backlogs. A number of people mailed, phoned or webbed in with 2014 year-end gifts, some with comments. We’re grateful to all of you.

Alfred and Anita Schnog wrote:

Interesting, informative and entertaining.

Martha from Raleigh wrote:

7:45 Thursday: Downtown and other parts of Wilmington experienced a power outage this morning, affecting WHQR's Classical HQR channel at 96.7, 91.3HD2 and streaming. As of about 7:25, power is back up and Classical HQR is on the air again. Thank you for your patience.

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Listener Anne wrote:

Listener Robert made a contribution and wrote:

I listen less and less to WHQR, particularly since the transition to the new format. What little listening is to the news station. Pity.

This listener heard a bilingual Christmas music program on Classical HQR last Friday.

The much-anticipated holiday special airs live from the splendid chapel of King's College Cambridge at 10 am today, Christmas Eve. Here it on either 91.3 or 96.7.

An outage in one of our satellite receivers resulted in a loss of WHQR's 9 pm - midnight jazz on Tuesday December 23rd. The station was still on the air, but silent for several minutes while we attempted to bring the jazz back.

As of Wednesday morning the 24th, we still don't know the cause of the problem but suspect it was from the syndicated source we use. We decided to start the BBC early.

Naturally, this problem occurred during holiday times. Of course. Special thanks to George Scheibner for returning to the station, investigating the problem and putting the BBC on.

Note: WHQR's tribute to Jemila Ericson is here. And see below.

Robert Dickson wrote:

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This post has been updated -- 12/18/14.

Congress has extended a tax break on charitable donations from individual donor's retirement accounts retroactively to January 1, 2014. The President is expected to sign this legislation.

This provision, which expired in 2013, allows individuals 70 ½ and older to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets to a qualified charitable organization. The IRA charitable rollover is tax-free and not included in a donor's adjusted gross income.

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Guest 1776 wrote:

Serious question. Do jazz 'musicians' have scripted music or do they just randomly play that disconnected rubbish? If pictures are a series of lines that please the eye and music is a series of sounds that please the ear, what is jazz?

This week marked the 37th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon on the streets of New York. George Scheibner played a tribute on Smooth Landing.

A couple of weeks ago, I read a message from listener Bo, who said he would listen but not longer contribute because he felt that WHQR and NPR are consistently liberal. By the way, in response to inquiries, this Bo is not our old pal Bo Biggs from Lumberton, who is a conservative and a valued supporter of WHQR. At any rate, here’s what Delthea Simmons wrote:

Avanti Cards

We know you are inundated with mail asking for money this time of year. As a nonprofit, we really do understand how important those end-of-year donations are. Here are 3 things to ponder when considering a gift to WHQR:

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