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

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.

Ways to Connect

There's no mistaking the voice. Or the songwriting. Once again, Jeanne Jolly brought the whole package to WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in Wilmington NC on Thursday, April 18, 2013. 8-string guitarist (and Jeanne's producer) Chris Boerner and drummer Nick Baglio painted a wonderfully melodic backdrop for Jeanne's performance.

You can discover more about Jeanne Jolly at

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Stimmel shared his music with us at Soup To Nuts Live! on Feb. 28, 2013. Guest musician Les Britt provided a wonderfully subtle backdrop of electric guitar and vocal harmonies that made this STNL! a night to remember.  WHQR thanks Brent & Les for their great performance and being a part of what we do at 91.3fm.

Lan Nichols

Richard Smith and Julie Adams have been traveling the world and blending guitar and cello for years.  And while previous sojourns to this end of the Carolinas have been rare, their appearances easily create gushing converts.  There were few exceptions at the January 17th Soup To Nuts Live! concert in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery.

Julia Bates Toone

The exquisite canvasses of Barbara Bear Jamison and Julia Bates Toone enjoyed an opening Fourth Friday reception in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR on September 28. Together, these artists make a grand pair, with an abundant array of vibrant oils and watercolors. Take a walk with us through this exhibit...

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!

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...

Recap: Andrea Seabrook Fundraiser Luncheon

May 11, 2012
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.

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...


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…

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.