Lan Nichols

IT Specialist/Operations/On-air Staff Producer & Host, Front Street Blues

A Wilmington resident since 1993, Lan began his tenure as on-air host for WHQR’s Front Street Blues in 2003, later adding operations and information technology to his duties, as well as logistical support for the long-running music series, Soup To Nuts Live!  He also provides images, video, and written content to WHQR.org.

Lan's education began at North Carolina State University, followed by Duke University’s Continuing Studies program.  He's an honors graduate of Cape Fear Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Computer Engineering.  His career path has included information technology, programming, network maintenance, web design, computer graphics, media & event production, and plying his trade as a professional bassist with a variety of touring and local artists.

Lan loves the Blues, spending many Tuesday nights at the ever-popular Cape Fear Blues Jam, tirelessly working alongside other volunteers with the Cape Fear Blues Society, and helping plan and staff the annual Cape Fear Blues Festival.  His award-winning blues band, Tommy B. & The Stingers, has played nearly everywhere.  It's a busy schedule, but he loves the challenge.  Lan’s advice? “Bring a positive message to your community and follow a well-lit path.  Success is never far behind.”

Lan occasionally wears a kilt (Clan Scott), loves to play golf, and spends his most important and productive moments with harp-wailin', accordion-squeezin', keyboard-playin’ spouse, Nel.  They share a home with numerous cute cats, an upright bass, and at least 3 computers.

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WHQR Staff Blog
6:07 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

WHQR + Ice Cream = A Great Afternoon For All at Hugh MacRae Park

On Sunday, September 16th, WHQR members, listeners and staff came together for an Ice Cream Social at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington. Young and old alike shared in the fun as station staff put their backs into it and dug through frozen containers of delicious flavors like Strawberry White Chocolate, Vanilla, and Lemon Basil from Velvet Freeze.

The event was another way for WHQR to say "Thank You" for the generous support that keeps Public Radio vibrant and viable, year-round.  Make sure you browse all of the images in our photo gallery!

Arts
10:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

'Outside' is In at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

Penny Ames and Elizabeth Singletary combine their creative forces to bring you "Outside."  It's a vibrant and colorful display of collage, found objects, and recycled materials. The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR is open weekdays, 10am - 4pm, at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Stop by and check out our walls!

Enjoy this 'walk-thru' video clip of this exhibit...

Inside WHQR - Staff Blog
2:47 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Recap: Andrea Seabrook Fundraiser Luncheon

Lan Nichols

It was an absolute pleasure to have Andrea Seabrook visit WHQR this past week. A fantastic lunch was held at the Hilton Riverside and some excellent questions were asked! A special thank you to all who made this event possible and helped support quality public radio in the area. Feel free to check out the photo gallery attached to this post, and even more photos can be found here.

 

Photos by Lan Nichols.

Arts
9:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

'Pelicans': Fourth Friday Gallery Night - 04/27/12

Witness an art exhibition honoring the majestic pelican of our coastal region. After years of abuse, discover a renewed respect for this beautiful creature and the natural world it inhabits. A lovely group show featuring the work of twenty-one fantastic local artists! 

Here's a video clip of the exhibit...

 

Inside WHQR - My Top Five
6:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

My Top Five: Blues Artists You've Never Heard Of

The Blues.  Its origins are murky (okay, muddy), and it’s legacy is passed from generation to generation.  The people who play the Blues happily adopt the genre, give it a home, dress it up a little, and influence it in their own way.  While you’ve (likely) never heard of them, here are some ear-opening performers who have made the Blues their own…

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Thursday, April 5, 7:30PM
9:30 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Soup to Nuts Live! - The Best of the 50s Band

The Best of the 50s Band, featuring extraordinary electric guitarist, Geoff Morris, and vocalist John Golden, will lead the audience through the greatest love songs, rock-a-billy and rock-n-roll of the 1950s.

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Soup To Nuts Live!
10:55 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Kyle Lindley in the Spotlight at STNL!

Sara Ann Speed-Arey

 

He's a young man with a seemingly old soul.  Check out this clip of Kyle Lindley from Soup To Nuts Live!...

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Jan. 12, 6:30PM
9:31 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Soup to Nuts Live! - Kyle Lindley

The Soup to Nuts Live! concert series features musicians and bands from a wide variety of musical styles. Please join us Thursday, January 12 for a special performance by Kyle Lindley. On-air host George Scheibner will interview the performer during breaks in the show. You'll hear the music and find out about the musician creating it.

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Inside WHQR
10:30 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Crane Malfunction Disrupts Downtown

Crane positioned outside the back door of WHQR's downtown studios.
WHQR / Lan Nichols

The arm of a crane placing bulkheads on the construction site of the Marriott Courtyard hotel bends under the stress, forcing nearby office buildings to evacuate. Onlookers gathered along Grace Street in downtown Wilmington to watch as crews worked to resolve the situation. 

 

 

Inside WHQR - Staff Blog
2:11 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Building an Oyster Reef

The North Carolina Coastal Federation spearheaded an important event on Saturday, November 19, bringing together WHQR staff & board members, General Electric employees, along with local high school and college students, for the building of an oyster reef at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve on Stump Sound, near Holly Ridge, NC.

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