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Andy Wood

Commentator Andy Wood speaks for many when he says the last couple of days have been glorious, and none more than the cold-blooded reptiles, otherwise known as sliders and cooters. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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

Purple Pitcher Plant

Feb 11, 2014
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Commentator Andy Wood steps outside during last week's ice storm to explore a boggy place where several carnivorous plants dwell.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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

A World Powered by Caffeine

Feb 4, 2014
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Fresh Voices-On-Air commentator Torrance Yang shares some insight on the drug that runs the world. 

Torrance Yang is a junior at Hoggard High School where he participates in the Math, Science Olympiad and Quiz Bowl clubs.  He’s also on the Hoggard Swim Team and he’s an Eagle Scout.  

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

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

This I Believe

Jan 28, 2014
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices-On-Air is back with commentator David Gray Bagnal who is a strong proponent of the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

David Gray Bagnal is a junior at Hoggard High School where he is a member of the Beta Club and the Marching Vikings.  He is also an Eagle Scout and an active member of the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church Youth Council.

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Following one of his commentaries last April, on the subject of managing water as an essential natural resource, someone asked via this station’s website, “Andy, what’s the solution?” As we enter 2014, commentator Andy Wood offers these thoughts regarding the imperative issue of wise resource management.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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

You Are Beautiful

Dec 5, 2013

Fresh Voices commentator Callie Hill overcomes society’s obsession with physical perfection and discovers her own definition of beauty. 

Callie Hill is 15 years old and was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She’s an honor student at New Hanover High School where she participates in Key Club and Literary Club. She has a twin brother who plays baseball at New Hanover and supports him by going to every game. 

The Sad End of Real Music

Dec 3, 2013
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Spencer Carlson, takes a stance against the music industry’s auto-tuning trend.

Spencer Carlson is a 16 year old sophomore at New Hanover High School.  He's been playing guitar since he was nine years old.  He enjoys playing with many local musicians and someday hopes to become a musician himself.

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

Grave Considerations

Sep 19, 2013
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The very last word is the one on the tombstone, says commentator Nan Graham, but you may not want this to be a last minute decision. 

Nan Graham has been a commentator for WHQR for almost twenty years, and has two collections of commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website is nangraham.com.

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

Conrad Meister

Sep 17, 2013
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Commentator Shane Fernando sifts through city directories, maps and newspapers and discovers the fascinating history of the man who built his home almost 100 years ago.  

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs at UNCW and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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

Green Lynx Spider

Sep 10, 2013
Andy Wood

  

Our commentator and naturalist, Andy Wood recently observed another real-life natural drama in his own backyard.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

You can hear more from Andy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR-DOT-ORG. Just click on “Commentary.

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

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The great pianist Marian McPartland passed way this week. Although she had not made any new recordings in recent years, her program Piano Jazz was the longest-running music show on NPR, and one that we carried for several years. Mary Virginia Swain posted on our website:

I listened to this show religiously when WHQR carried it. Such a delightful show, and Marian McPartland was a gem of a creative talent.

Clown for a Day

Aug 15, 2013
Philip Gerard

Commentator Philip Gerard nigh has it all. As a writer and musician, he already possesses two enviable talents. Throw his clown experience into the mix, and you've got a rare specimen. Today the renowned author explain why he spent a day yucking it up, in "Clown for a Day."

Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Communicating with Body Language

Aug 8, 2013

While tutoring a child from Saudi Arabia, who could not speak a word of English, community commentator, Maryann Nunnally, realizes that communicating with any child is the same in any language.

Maryann Nunnally is a former teacher, principal, and Board of Education member in New Hanover County with over 45 years of experience. She is now retired from paid work, and volunteers tutoring at-risk children.

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

Molecular Memory

May 7, 2013

The science behind olfactory memory--recalling a person or moment in connection with a scent--requires an understanding of the limbic system, the hippocampus, and other, complicated processes taking place in the human brain.  Or, just a close listen to the poetically rendered memories of Community Commentator Paige Owens. In today's commentary, she shares a few of her treasured memories with her late father.

Paige Owens is the Assistant Director of the New Hanover County Public Library, and author of George the Library Duck Finds a Friend. Her philosophy: if life hands you a lemon, turn it into a great story. Do you have a story or idea you just have to share? Find out how you can become a community commentator. 

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

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston revels in the vagaries and variety of words, from distinctly Southern turns of phrase to tortured mixed metaphors.

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Listener Dan wrote:

For the second year running, one of your announcers has referred to Presidents Day as Washington's Birthday. I pointed this out last year, but

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