Inside WHQR

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

Here at WHQR, our Summer Drive is sounding very different – that’s because it is the Summer Stealth Drive and it’s going on right now!

On Wednesday, June 14th Benjamin Schachtman of PortCityDaily.com shared a touching editorial commending Cleve Callison for his work as WHQR's Station Manager for the past seven years. We here at WHQR appreciate the tribute. To read the editorial click HERE

Thanks to all who joined us Friday, June 9th for "A Little Lunch Music" to enjoy the sounds of musicians, Luigi Mazzoccho (Violin), Kyle Engler (Mezzo Soprano), and Daniel Lau (Piano) from the Port City Music Festival. Check out the photos from the event HERE on our Facebook page. 

Melissa Block's visit to Wilmington, NC was met with great success. As special correspondent, Melissa Block produces richly reported profiles of figures at the forefront of thought and culture, as well as stories and series on the critical issues of our day. Her reporting spans both domestic and international news. In addition, she is a guest host on NPR news programs, and develops podcasts based on her reporting.

Friends of Public Radio, Inc.'s Annual Meeting

The MC Erny Gallery

Thursday, June 22

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

NPR

****EVENT FULL****

WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon featuring NPR's special correspondent, Melissa Block.

Tuesday, May 23rd from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

The Grand Ballroom at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside

We are pleased to announce that NPR's Melissa Block will be our speaker at our annual fundraising luncheon at the Hilton.

Thank you to everyone who helped us TAKE A DAY OFF and reach our Spring Pledge Drive goal in only 6 days!!! More than 1,290 people gave gifts by phone, online and mail to help WHQR raise $152,325 (well beyond our $140,000 goal). THANK YOU to...

To celebrate our 2017 Spring Pledge Drive Campaign we are running an APPLE EXTRAVAGANZA! 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 WATCH, iPad Mini AirPods and an iTunes Card! Help WHQR reach the goal early and Take A Day Off.

We will draw a lucky winner on March 22nd 2017 at 11:59pm.

Our spring pledge drive starts March 16th. We want to Take a Day Off and make it in only 6 days. Give an early gift and with your help we’ll get right back to the programming you love faster. Help us Take a Day Off now at WHQR-dot-org. During our upcoming On-Air Pledge Drive, WHQR will celebrate our values of Quality, Community, and Service. Our goal is to raise $140,000 to provide the programming you count on – Morning Edition, All Things Considered, CoastLine, Classical Music, Communique and so much more.

Taos County, New Mexico. Foreman of Talpa Ditch Commission.

Each spring, WHQR asks our listeners to participate in our annual Listener Survey. This is a valuable tool to help us determine program preferences, and to gather information about who our listeners are and how they listen to us. And the more listeners who participate, the more useful the results are.

Join other Public Radio lovers, WHQR staff, board and friends at a great downtown brewery. Celebrate your community focused non-profit radio station all while drinking local beer, enjoying a new food truck and listening to live music! From 6-9p on March 2, Flytrap will donate $1 of each beer sold to WHQR. Plus, musical duo, 2 Docs and A Box, will donate their tips to the cause and you can check out the great food from Groovy Fish Gill & Grill, serving burgers and fish tacos.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 6 - 9 pm

Flytrap Brewing

Thank you to everyone who attended the emPowering Our Future Celebration Friday, February 10, 2017. The evening was a huge success and it was wonderful to see so many people at this gathering! Thanks to our volunteer photographer, Lindsey McGrath for these great photos. You can find more photos from the celebration along with snapshots of our guests with their favorite NPR personalities HERE

Thank you to our many WONDERFUL Day Sponsors who came out to celebrate at the Cameron Art Museum Friday, January 13, 2017. We want to express our sincere gratitude to you all for making it such an unforgettable evening. There were delicious drinks, even more delicious food, endlessly gorgeous artwork, and most importantly lots and lots of great conversation. Thanks to our photographer, Paul Reinmann for capturing these amazing shots. Check out the snapshots from the party HERE.

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).

A Powerful Vision. An Empowering Mission.
Help WHQR emPower Our Future

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 Spring Drive 2017 - Phone Teams

Sep 22, 2016

Phone Teams for the Spring "Take A Day Off" Pledge Drive 2017

ALL PHONE SHIFTS ARE FULL. THANK YOU!!!!

During our 2017 Spring Pledge Drive, March 16 - ??? (we hope to make our goal by March 21), WHQR will be welcoming phone teams from all over our region. Send a group of four people to help answer HQR's pledge phones and we'll thank you repeatedly on the air. It's a fun way to spend a few hours and a great way to show your support of WHQR and have your business name mentioned on the air.

Here’s how it will work:

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.

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

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