Great American Songbook

An anonymous caller left a message on our voice mail. We don’t have permission to play the actual recording, so I’ll do the best I can to capture the flavor of it. “There’s not a lot of talk radio, unless you’re going to listen to Christian, so unfortunately I have to listen to your station. I think it’s pathetic to put down the new president every morning, every angle you can. He’s done more in a week… At least he’s trying. And nobody’s done a weekly address since Franklin Roosevelt. I think you people are scum and maggots.

Listener Sanders wrote:

I love ya'lls new format since the creation of the classical station!...now I can get talk or classical whenever I want plus great jazz and blues at night and still favorites like Smooth Landing and American Songbook!

Listener Nancy wrote:

There's a piece of music I hear every Saturday and I would love to know the name. [Last week] it was played at about 10:20 and it features piano and Hawaiian guitar, maybe steel. Thank you for your attention!

Linda wrote:

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We always receive lots of interesting comments during our fundraising campaigns, and with our new Classical HQR and HQR news streams, the one that ended Wednesday was no exception. I’m going to address more than one comment by going back to an announcement we made prior to the drive. For listeners who would like to hear Classical HQR on 96.7 but are having difficulty, there is a solution for you – an HD Radio which will pick up the HD2 signal of 91.3.

We’ve been getting some comments and calls this week about Morning Edition sounding distorted at times, especially for Lumberton listeners. Our equipment is working correctly. What many are hearing is a phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting,” which can play havoc with FM signals. Graduate Fellow Jason Hess discovered a great online resources for “ducting” forecasts. Yesterday's map for Southeastern North Carolina, for example, showed us in a bright orange area, meaning “very strong” to “intense”.

Joe D'Alessandro

Update: Click the above photo for a short slideshow. For a full album of pictures, visit the full Great American Songbook Photo Album on Facebook! 

The Great American Songbook Live last Saturday night was a great success!

WHQR and UNCW's Office of Cultural Arts Present The Great American Songbook Live: Wilmington's Hit Parade on the big stage at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, June 14 at 7:30pm.  Tickets available at the Kenan Box Office (910-962-3500) or...

Purchase Tickets Online

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An anonymous long-time friend of the station from Lumberton sent us a generous end-of-year donation along with this note:

Everytime I listen to Diane Rehm, my enthusiasm tends to be dampened. But never mind me. With the exception of my feelings that the station leans more left than it ever has before and is not balanced in certain program choices … the music is non-political and has no ideology, and I enjoy that – so I will donate.

We thank anonymous both for the contribution and the comment.

Listener Izzi wrote:

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Donna and Greg wrote:

Merry Christmas to all. We always enjoy the holiday programming at WHQR. Bob Workmon has a wonderful voice.

Listener Beth wrote:

Once sound came to Hollywood, movie producers faced a dilemma: how to bring popular Broadway musicals to the big screen, without sacrificing realism.  To have actors suddenly bursting into song on screen, at first, just seemed unbelievable. 

Current popular singers like Queen Latifah, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, and even country singer Willie Nelson, are tackling old songs written by the great composers and lyricists from the first half of the 20th century.    

Dear WHQR Friends,

WHQR is thrilled to be co-presenting The Great American Songbook Live at Thalian Hall on Friday, March 2 at 8:30. The show, with an expanded cast of musicians, will be a live version of our popular radio feature with Phil Furia, heard each afternoon at 1:30.

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Susan Smith Sims wrote:

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Note: We received so much Feedback this week that we couldn't get it all on the air. The text below, and the audio, include segments edited out of the on-air version.

We introduced a few program changes to our weekend lineup last week. A listener who wishes to remain anonymous wrote:

This week's topics: WHQR's new website, programming questions, our contact info,  the "people" section, finding the web archives.