Inside WHQR

The official WHQR Staff blog featuring fun tidbits and various developments at the station.

Shortly after 5 pm Monday evening January 2, WHQR's George Scheibner and John McHarry, working with engineer Jobie Sprinkle and a tower crew, restored full power to both HQR News (91.3 in Wilmington, 98.9 in Myrtle Beach) and Classical HQR (92.7 in Wilmington, 102.3 in Myrtle Beach).

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You’ve heard and read about this effort since last March, but it’s actually been going on for over four years. And the idea for it was in the mind of visionary Board members even before that. Now we can officially announce that as of Friday morning December 30th, just one day before the official end, we went over the $1.5 million goal.

On December 11th, WHQR hosted their 21st Annual Homemade Holiday Shorts live broadcast on 91.3 FM.

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.

THANK YOU!

We asked you to help kick-off our 2016 Fall Pledge Drive by donating online on October 10 as part of Cyber Day. All day long we saw support from web pledges totaling $4,315! We are so thankful for the generosity of our supporters in helping to kick-start our Fall Pledge Drive.

Fall Pledge Drive Sweepstakes -- win one of these luxurious vacations!

PLEDGE ONLINE - CLICK "DONATE" IN THE TOP RIGHT OF THE SCREEN.

Everyone who calls or pledges online is automatically entered to win one of two wonderful getaways.

  • No pledge necessary to enter the sweepstakes
  • Sustaining members are automatically entered to win (Thank You Sustainers!)

Repeated power outages related to Hurricane Matthew caused damage to WHQR's main transmitter on Saturday October 8th, but we are now operating at full power. Here are the specifics:

Streaming Issues?

Sep 30, 2016

We've updated our streams to bring better clarity to online listeners. If you have a bookmarked URL for our station, please update it with the following URL information:

WHQR News 91.3

WHQR Classical 92.7 

If you are still experiencing a problem, please email us: feedback@whqr.org.

To properly kick-off our 2016 Fall Pre-Drive Campaign we are running a high-tech sweepstakes! Click the DONATE button in the top right of this screen to Pledge Now or return your membership challenge letter via mail and you could win a brand new Apple iPad

We will draw a lucky winner on Cyber Day, October 11th 2016 at 11:59pm.

 iPad Air

The WHQR Fall Drive 2016 - Phone Teams

Sep 22, 2016

Phone Teams for the Fall Pledge Drive 2016

ALL PHONE TEAM SHIFTS ARE FULL. A few individual spot may remain - check here.

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)

What's on your grocery list? Eggs, milk, bread, and maybe a glass of wine while you're aisle-bound.

In the last couple of weeks we have experienced, and received reports of, poor performance on our Classical HQR signal (92.7 in Wilmington, 102.3 in Myrtle Beach). Symptoms included distortion in loud music and overall weak signal resulting from our attempting to address the problem by lowering the music volume. Once again, wonder-working engineer Jobie Sprinkle (Jobie-Wan) was able to fix the problem, and balance has once more been restored to the Force.

Update in response to inquiries: Rachel Lewis Hilburn is not leaving the station. She is moving to a new role as the local host of All Things Considered, in addition to continuing on CoastLine. Opportunity: The News Director of WHQR Public Radio is head of the News Department and will supervise the station’s news coverage in all media.

Friends of Public Radio, Inc.'s Annual Meeting

The MC Erny Gallery

Thursday, July 21

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thanks to YOU we have reached our fundraising goal of $70,000 in under three weeks! 

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!

Have you noticed that WHQR's Cultural Calendar looks a bit different? If you have, that's because we've updated it to the new and improved Cultural Calendar! Submitting community events will now be more straightforward, and the calendar will be more easily navigable. Tell us how you like the new Community Calendar by emailing feedback@whqr.org.

If you want to know “What happened to the Midday Interview?” Well, it’s still around, but with several changes. Our daily in-depth look at art, events and ideas, hosted by Gina Gambony, is now called Communique. It’s still heard at noon on Classical HQR, and now on HQR News twice a day, at 8:50 during Morning Edition and 4:45 during All Things Considered. We believe these changes will give wider exposer to our interview subjects on HQR News, while allowing CoastLine and the other noon-time public affairs programs to incorporate an NPR newscast.

For the past several days, WHQR has been experiencing intermittent, sometimes lengthy delays and outages, especially on our HQR News channel.

Monday night, several members of the WHQR's Board of Directors of Friends of Public Radio volunteered at Good Shepherd center. As you can see from our slide show above, they had a great time preparing dinner for the shelter and giving back to the Wilmington community. Judging by the quality of the photos it seems as though they were more worried about working hard than they were about taking good photos!

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.

Thanks to the intrepid work of Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and our own George Scheibner, listeners in the Myrtle Beach area can now enjoy Classical HQR, thanks to a brand-new signal at 102.3. The signal was made operational on Saturday, April 23, 2016 (Shakespeare's birthday, and the day after WHQR's 32nd anniversary).

Early tests indicate that many communities in the Grand Strand can now enjoy 24-hour classical music, including our own local programs with Gina Gambony and Pat Marriott as well as the Metropolitan Opera.

CoastLine is now on the air two days a week! You can hear CoastLine on 91.3FM on Wednesday and Thursday at 12:06 pm.

With the introduction of the second edition of CoastLine, WHQR 91.3FM will make several programming schedule changes:

The rebroadcast of the Wednesday edition of CoastLine, with its public affairs topics, will move to Sundays at 3:00 pm.

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