Nan Graham


Nan Graham has deep roots in Alabama and Carolina soil. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with an AB in English. She obtained her Masters degree from The Citadel in Charleston. In 1995 Nan began broadcasting her bi- weekly commentaries on WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. She continues these bi-weekly broadcasts along with teaching at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the Honors College. She has taught for thirty-eight years...everything from first grade to graduate level university courses...(the last is far easier than first grade!).

A lifelong Southerner, Nan Graham's spirited view of her cock-eyed family and friends has delighted public radio listeners for years. Nan's second book, In a Magnolia Minute...Secrets of a Late Bloomer as well as her first, Turn South at the Next Magnolia: Directions from a Life-long Southerner, were both on the SEBA (Southeastern Booksellers' Association) bestseller list. The books are compilations of her best and most popular radio commentaries which have been broadcast continuously since January 1995.

Nan is presently working on her third book of commentaries and a novel set in post WWII Wilmington.

You can visit her website at


Thursday Commentary
1:54 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Retro Thanksgiving

"After forty-something years of it, I am happy to watch the gravy spill on somebody else's tablecloth."

Wilmington, NC – Retro is in... in foods and fashion! Recently, the "Wedge," that ubiquitous triangle of iceberg lettuce topped with blue cheese or Thousand Island dressing has reappeared on menus. But before Alice Waters or Julia Child we never knew we were unenlightened.

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Thursday Commentary
1:25 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Wedgwood: A Man of Parts

"But Josiah was born on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution and he changed the potter cottage industry into a factory system."

Wilmington, NC – Josiah Wedgwood, grandfather of Charles Darwin, has an interesting part in North Carolina history as an inventive entrepreneur.

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Thursday Commentary
2:55 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Nine Lives: Genesis

"As he hit the water, it struck him that he had just done a foolish thing. He was not tethered to the boat. He did not anticipate the wind that blew up and caught the bimeni top and propelled the whaler off into a current that quickly sped north. He watched as the boat receded over the waves."

Wilmington, NC – It is not only a day which changed one life but changed a whole family's life. A gift that should make us think twice about organ donation.

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Thursday Commentary
2:34 pm
Thu September 24, 2009


"A Wilmington native, Claude Howell was instrumental in establishing the art department at UNCW and for many years was the southern voice in the early days of WHQR commentaries. He knew Wilmington as few did."

Wilmington, NC – In remembrance of Claude Howell, Nan Graham paints a portrait of the man and artist, as she ponders about his reincarnation... into a frog.

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Thursday Commentary
3:49 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

A Party of Five, Please...

"Names for groups of animals, birds, people, sea creatures are more imaginative. We are familiar with some, but others are startling in their poetry. Lions, we know, come in a pride when congregated. The onslaught of our coastal jellyfish at the beach is known as a smack of jellyfish."

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Thursday Commentary
1:32 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

And Beyond...<p>

"In huge, black, quivering letters, it read: Sylvia's Birdbath and Beyond. I laughed out loud at its whimsy, proud to be a native of this quirky part of the world."

Wilmington, NC – "[My] annual trip back to Alabama always has a few happy surprises," says commentator Nan Graham.

This year happened to be no exception.


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Thursday Commentary
12:10 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

The Navelectomy

"What will I do with with my wardrobe of Britney midriff tops? How will I stroll along Wrightsville Beach in my pink bikini?"

Wilmington, NC – We all expect changes as time goes on, but some come as total surprises and take some getting used to.

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Thursday Commentary
12:45 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

The Geriatric South

"It's all a matter of perspective... I'm talking old age here. Forty is the new thirty, they say. My math skills are marginal but I'm holding that seventy is the new fifty."

Wilmington, NC – The are some advantages to being a lady "Of a Certain Age."

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Thursday Commentary
11:40 am
Thu July 2, 2009

She Coulda Been a Contenda!

"I like to think she was an early Susan Boyle, without the bad hair... an unlikely candidate for public success having been raised in the tiny town of Greensboro, Alabama."

Wilmington, NC – This week, commentator Nan Graham discusses one of the most colorful of her relatives, a writer named Martha Young.

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Thursday Commentary
3:45 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

Sumter and the Serpent

"We've had a long history of peculiar cats: one potty trained, one a contest winner, and now, Sumter, the semi-feral cat continues to amaze us as she enters her senior years."

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham has been a bi-weekly WHQR commentator since 1995. Visit her website at

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