WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Beryl Blessing

Jun 5, 2012
Michael @ NW Lens / Flickr Commons

One year ago, our area was parched and thirsty for rain following a rather dry winter, which came on the heels of a dry fall, and a hot (and, you guessed it) dry summer. It was so dry that when lightning struck a tree in Holly Shelter Game Land on June 19th, 2011, not only did a wildfire erupt to engulf trees and shrubs, the 30,000-acre fire also consumed the soil in which the plants were rooted.

Dennis Barnes / Flickr Commons

With Shakespeare on the Green's upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler contemplates what makes this play so attractive to audiences everywhere, generation after generation. 

Courtesy of Annie Gray Johnston

When Annie Gray Johnston begins to get a little too big for her britches, the world has a way of letting her know. Today, she shares some of the cosmic smackdowns that have kept her in check over the years.

Mad Men Mania

May 24, 2012
Island Vittles / Flickr Commons

The Sixties are back, man, and no, it's not a hallucination. 

Bill Gracey / Flickr Commons

When Commentator Shane Fernando was a kid, this area of Southeastern North Carolina was far less populated, and popular. 

Kara Allyson / Flickr Commons

When literary commentator Gwenyfar Rohler first met J.D. Salinger, it wasn't through his famous, angst-ridden, teenage protagonist, Holden Caulfield.

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston held a few jobs in her time, from a high-profile secretary up north to a devoted stay-at-home mom. 

With the 42nd Annual Earth Day just behind us, Commentator Andy Wood has been thinking about not just the health of our planet, but of its people.

Signs and Such

Apr 19, 2012
Piblet / Flickr Commons

Signs appear most everywhere nowadays: on the sides of buses, the backs of cars, sometimes on the back of the head of the person in front of you.

Jennuine Captures / Flickr Commons

Though a great painter and supporter of the arts, the late Claude Howell is remembered for more than his talents. 

Mario Sergio Santos / Flickr Commons

As a budding journalist with his first front-page byline, Commentator Philip Gerard was understandably smug. 

At a recent routine eye exam, Commentator Annie Gray Johnston, who refuses to even keep a diary, realized her life was already an open book--whether she liked it or not.

mike3k / Flickr Commons

After Hurricane Irene, Commentator Nan Graham was counting her blessings that the storm had brought no damage her way. 

Azalea Blooms

Mar 25, 2012
Andy Wood

With the Azalea Festival still weeks away, the celebrated flower is already in full bloom. Commentator Andy Wood suggests that this unseasonably early blossoming might have a good deal to say about climate change.

Annie Gray Johnston has seen many a penny strangled in her day, mainly in the hand of her dear father, Laurence. In this commentary, she recalls some of his most frugal moments with the comedy and compassion we've come to expect from her.


Lucky Lindy

Mar 8, 2012
PhotoMatt28 / Flickr Commons

In her 7th grade English class, Nan Graham wasn't the only one who grimaced at the thought of diagramming sentences. 

Flashing Lights

Mar 6, 2012

Taking a late-night walk on the Cape Cod coast, Shane Fernando is held captive by a land-bound siren.

My Father's War

Mar 1, 2012
Billy and Lynn / Flickr Commons

In this classic commentary, Philip Gerard challenges us to listen harder. 

Spider Senses

Feb 28, 2012
Vicki's Nature / Flickr Commons

Peter Parker may have been the first to make that trademark tingling sense of danger popular, but he was not the first to flex his "spider senses."

Annie Gray Johnston has a parenting style all her own. 

The Offal Truth

Feb 17, 2012
rajthesnapper / Flickr Commons

"'Plato observed a long while ago that those stomachs are not the best that reject all sorts of food,'" both a quote from Voltaire's Candide and a wise observation. Nan Graham's, however, has been rejecting food of a certain sort from a young age, when cow's tongue was a regular feature on her dinner table. From liver to haggis, she examines how offal cuisine can be.

My Smoky Valentine

Feb 14, 2012
Younhee Jeong / Flickr Commons

On a Valentine's day some years ago, Shane Fernando had finally found the perfect gift. But he wasn't looking to woo a new infatuation; he already had a partner. A volunteer at a retirement home, he was searching for a way to bring one lonely smoker in out of the cold and spread some true love on Valentine's Day.

The Midway

Feb 9, 2012
monkeymanforever / Flickr Commons

From a young age, Commentator Philip Gerard knew the difference between right and wrong. 

Here's to 25 More Years!

Feb 7, 2012

When Andy Wood walked into WHQR's headquarters on Greenfield St. twenty-five years ago, he only wanted to record a few public service announcements.

DMC / Flickr Commons

While lovers of  more modern free verse poetry might scoff at the rhyming verses of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Literary Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler applauds his ingenuity within the constraints of form.

Commentator Annie-Gray Johnston is never short on comedy. 

Bridge, Anyone?

Jan 26, 2012
Vito / Flickr Commons

When Commentator Nan Graham heard the news that a couple of brothers from Pennsylvania had stolen a bridge in nearby New Castle, she wasn't as shocked as others.

sarflondondunc / Flickr Commons

There's more to the old practice of wishing someone "Break a leg" before a live performance than you might think.

Madhu V. Singh / Flickr Commons

Pushing through a blizzard in the nerve-wracking company of big rigs one winter night, Commentator Philip Gerard feared he would not make it off of I-80 alive.

When Birds Attack...

Jan 17, 2012
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Flickr Commons

When a local homeowner asked Commentator Andy Wood  for help with a tufted titmouse attacking her window, he wondered if there were others in the community facing a similar problem.