Inside WHQR

WHQR is proud to announce that our news team added seven top awards to the WHQR trophy case on November 12, 2016. The Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas held their joint annual awards, where WHQR's news team was recognized for outstanding work in the following category wins: 

AP Awards

Thank you to everyone who helped us make our 7-day 2016 Fall Pledge Drive goal!

We would especially like to thank:

  

WHQR Board of Directors

Our wonderful volunteers like Merritt and Mindy Blalock and the more than 100 great people who helped answer our pledge phones.

Our partner non-profit volunteer teams.

The restaurants who provided food for our staff & volunteers:

Chops Deli, Chili's, Betsy's Crepes, Front Street Brewery, San Juan Cafe, Beer Barrio, Detour Deli, Pinpoint, Stuffedwhich, Jimmy Johns, The Basics, and Greenlands.

WHQR’s Gina Gambony earned her spot as top dog in radio as she secured 2nd place in KCRW’s 4th Annual Radio Race.

KCRW Radio Race

With the guidance of a just a three-word theme: "Out of Range", KCRW's 4th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race challenged producers to create  a 4 minute story in only 24 hours. As if this challenge wasn't daunting enough, halfway through racers were given this twist for their stories: 

People look into the future and expect that the forces of the present will unfold in a coherent and predictable way, but any examination of the past reveals the circuitous routes of change are unimaginably strange. 

(Rebecca Solnit)

At WHQR, the Force is on our side. Our Jedi goes by the name of Jobie Sprinkle, AKA Jobie Wan Kenobi. Perhaps you noticed that we had some on-air technical difficulties over the past few weeks. The problem was that we needed a new audio vault, a piece of equipment that holds our recordings and puts them on the air (plus other things that regular people like us don't understand). Jobie Sprinkle is the one we called in to install the vault. He's been the Jedi engineer for WHQR for over 20 years.

The WHQR Community Advisor Board Social

The MC Erny Gallery

Thursday, June 30th

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The WHQR Community Advisor Board will hold a mixer in the MC Erny Gallery on Thursday, June 30th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. It's a great opportunity to meet WHQR Community Advisor Board members and learn more about the board and the station. We'll will provide great wine and hors d’oeuvres!

THE EVENT IT FULL. PLEASE ENJOY THE SHOW ON THE AIR AT 91.3FM.

It's hard to believe that Garrison Kellior's final show as host of A Prairie Home Companion is less than two weeks away — and it's true what they say about time flying!

Join us in the MC Erny Gallery at 5 pm on Saturday, July 2nd as Garrison Keillor takes to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl for his final show as Host of A Prairie Home Companion. We invite you to bring your favorite hot dish, libation, and fond Garrison Keillor memories to our listening party in the MC Erny Gallery. We’ll provide soft drinks, snacks, and FUN!

Ralph Balser, 73, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on May 8, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Ralph was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 23, 1942.

Ralph enjoyed volunteering during his retirement, especially with Habitat for Humanity, WARM, New Hanover County Senior Center, and pledge week at WHQR radio station. Ralph enjoyed backgammon, puzzles and conversation.

Beginning, Monday, May 9th on 91.3, HQR News will offer Here & Now at noon each Monday and Tuesday, as well as its 2 pm airing Monday through Thursday. Friday will see the move of Ken Rudin's Political Junkie to noon, completing our weekly news strip which features CoastLine on Wednesday and Thursday at 12:06. The State of Things, produced at sister our station WUNC in Chapel Hill, N.C., will now air Monday through Friday from 1 to 2 pm. 

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity?

WHQR needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to join our fun and friendly volunteer Front Desk staff. Working at the Front Desk is an easy and great way to meet other Public Radio fans and hang with our WHQR staff.

Paul Reinmann

Don Gonyea's April 13th visit to Wilmington, NC was met with great success. Gonyea is a Peabody Award-winning journalist with decades of experience, and is currently NPR's National Political Correspondent. With Gonyea's experience comes many fascinating and often amusing stories, including tales about previous presidential campaigns, working with past presidents, and pounding the cement to get another side to a story.

WHQR's 2016 Spring Pledge Drive is ON and we CAN end it today with YOUR help! There are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 92.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.343.1138.

WHQR's 2016 Spring Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 92.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.343.1138.

WHQR's 2016 Spring Pledge Drive is still ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 92.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.343.1138.

We can't wait to hear from you!

WHQR's 2016 Spring Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 92.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.343.1138.

WHQR's 2016 Spring Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 92.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.343.1138.

WHQR's 2016 Spring Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 92.7! Pledge NOW online, or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.343.1138!

Classical HQR now has a more powerful signal, and 92 is the new 96You told us you wanted a more powerful Classical HQR, and we heard you! 

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, WHQR Public Radio announced the beginning of the public phase of its emPowering Our Future Campaign, a capacity building campaign to raise $1.5 million. The announcement was made at a special event at the Bellamy Mansion featuring guest Ken Rudin, host of the nationally syndicated program, “Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie.”

WHQR needs individuals to answer phones during our 2016 Spring Pledge Drive.

Did You Know emPowering Our Future is moving WHQR forward?

WHQR announces the station’s most transformative capital campaign ever: emPowering Our Future.

NPR

WHQR is proud to announce that NPR Political Correspondent, Don Gonyea will be joining us for our annual Fundraising Luncheon on Wednesday, April 13th!

During our 2016 Spring Pre-Drive Campaign we are running a high-tech sweepstakes! Pledge now HERE or return your membership challenge letter and you could win a brand new Apple Watch!

Apple Watch Details:

Would you like to serve on the Friends of Public Radio Board?

WHQR and the Friends of Public Radio are soliciting interested parties to apply for a limited number of positions on our Board of Directors.

WHQR is proud to announce that NPR Political Correspondent, Don Gonyea will be joining us for our annual Fundraising Luncheon on Wednesday, April 13th!

Grand Ballroom at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 12 noon - 1:30pm

In this election year, a super star political correspondent as the guest for the WHQR Fundraising Luncheon was a must – and we found the best, Don Gonyea. Heard currently on NPR and WHQR, Gonyea has enormous experience covering politics and presidents.

For our End-of-year-One-Day Pledge Drive we are running a sweepstakes for an Apple iPad Air! Make you pledge today and be entered to win!

***SOLD OUT***

Homemade Holiday Shorts returns for its 20th Anniversary Year with an exciting slate of guests, wonderful holiday music and a delicious feast.

For one evening each year in December, friends of WHQR gather in our MC Erny Gallery and around their radios at home to listen to holiday stories read live by a panel of entertaining guests.

The WHQR News Department won six outstanding journalism awards last weekend at the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press Convention and Awards Luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

HQR News was named by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas for Best Entertainment Story for a feature on John Lithgow reported by News Director Rachel Lewis Hilburn. The news team was also honored in three other categories: Education, General News, and Political Coverage.

The 2015 Fall Pledge Drive is hard work, but we have fun doing it! Here are some highlight's from the drive!

Thank you to everyone who pledged their support to WHQR!

Thank you to everyone who helped us make our 7-day 2015 Fall Pledge Drive goal!

We would especially like to thank:

WHQR Board of Directors

Our wonderful volunteers like Merritt and Mindy Blalock and the more than 100 great people who helped answer our pledge phones.

Our partner non-profit volunteer teams.

The restaurants who provided food for our staff & volunteers:

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