Jeremy Loeb

Former Host

Jeremy Loeb returned to WHQR at the start of 2013 after living in Washington D.C. and Carrboro, NC for a time.  He had previously been working for WHQR as the host of All Things Considered and a backup to the station’s Operations Manager, George Scheibner for around 6 years.  He moved back to his hometown of Durham to be close to family, where he worked at WUNC Public Radio for a stint of 2 years as a reporter, host, and producer.  After that he moved up to DC with his partner for a year, which was a great experience for him.  But he always remembered WHQR fondly and never lost his passion for public radio, so he was happy to return when the opportunity arose. 

Jeremy first started as an intern at WHQR while he worked on a degree in Communication Studies at UNC Wilmington.  He was among the first group of interns of a long-running program worked out between WHQR and UNCW that has brought so many extraordinary and talented young people to the station.

Commentaries
4:25 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Farewell, Soapbox

Wilmington's music scene suffered a tremendous blow when news broke that the Soapbox would be closing its doors in late July.  The loss won't really be felt until it's gone.  But already the news is causing heartache throughout the creative community.  Sure, there are other venues.  Nice ones, too.  But the Soapbox is the center of it all.  It's almost a symbol of Wilmington itself.  It's a large part of the character of downtown.  John Staton of the Star News rightfully said "It's not quite the

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Music
5:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Spotlight: Singer-songwriter David Dondero

Singer-songwriter David Dondero has long been a favorite of mine.  He has a live show that's completely unlike anything I've ever seen.  The shows are always special, whether it's before a big crowd, or as is too often the case, a small gathering.  However big the audience, though, it's held completely captivated from the moment Dave plays his first note.  In his music and in person, he's completely unafraid to speak his mind.  It's what makes him who he is, and frankly, it's what sets him apart from many, many musicians out th

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Local
4:47 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Renewable energy requirements could be cut back in NC

duke-energy.com

A bill working its way through the state legislature would roll back renewable energy requirements for utility companies, but the company that would be most affected - Duke Energy - is not saying much about it. 

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Local
8:27 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Bill changes how NC building codes are set

A bill (House Bill 120) expected to be on the North Carolina House floor next week would make changes to the way building codes are adopted in the state.  One major change would be that reviews for the adoption of new home and building standards would be conducted every six years instead of the current rate of every three.  Republican Representative Mike Hager of Burke and Rutherford counties is a primary sponsor.  He says the bill is about making homebuilding more efficient and cost-effective.

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Local
3:40 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Conservationists and Marines team up to conserve land

NC Coastal Land Trust

A conservation group has partnered with the Marine Corps to preserve nearly 700 acres of land in Carteret County.  The land is located beneath airspace near Cherry Point that's used for training runs for pilots.  Camilla Herlevich is Executive Director of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.

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Local
5:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Commission hopes to avoid controversy with sea level study

Surfers crowd the waters near Johnny Mercer's pier on Wrightsville Beach the morning after Ernesto.

The Coastal Resources Commission is taking a more cautious approach with regards to documenting sea level rise.  The group’s science panel became a lightning rod when it was suggested it didn’t consider differing viewpoints on climate change – an assertion the board disputes.  Legislation was introduced that required them to come out with another assessment in 2016 that says all available data must be considered.  Commission chairman Bob Emory says that’s fine and that’s what they were doing anyway.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Bill Firing Commissioners Clears Senate

A bill that has cleared the North Carolina Senate would wipe out current members of many state commissions immediately if it became law in its current form.  The bill would then give Governor Pat McCrory the power to replace them.  Senate Bill 10 prompted a huge outcry from Democrats and others who say the bill is an unprecedented power grab.  The Coastal Resources Commission would be one that’s impacted.  Chairman Bob Emory says the bill has major problems.

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Local
10:46 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NC gay marriage foe sends message to Supreme Court

Duncan Lock, Dflock; wikimedia commons

Full interviews with Tami Fitzgerald and Jen Jones (at 10:30 in the file)

A North Carolina group opposed to gay marriage has filed an Amicus Brief with the US Supreme Court.  The move puts North Carolina's gay marriage ban back squarely in spotlight.  Last May, North Carolinians went to the polls to vote on Amendment One, which would effectively ban gay marriage in the state's constitution.  Tami Fitzgerald is Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, the group that spearheaded the effort to pass the amendment.

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Arts
7:31 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Remembering William "Paco" Strickland

Paco

Local flamenco guitarist William "Paco" Strickland passed away Monday afternoon.  He had been battling cancer for the better part of 5 years.  Having been the host of Flamenco Cafe, a program carried on WHQR for more than 15 years, Paco was part of the WHQR family and a great friend to all who were lucky enough to know him.  Four years ago today, Paco performed on the program Soup to Nuts Live in the WHQR gallery.  In remembrance of Paco, we have a clip from that performance in which George Scheibner asks Paco about his cancer and how it was impacting his life at the time.  Additionally, I

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