Inside WHQR

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

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.

We ask for a weekly commitment of two to three hours, depending on the shift. Currently, we have openings for:

Tuesdays, 9am - 12pm
Wednesdays, 9am - 11am

To celebrate our 2018 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, and an iTunes Card! Help WHQR reach the goal early and Take A Day Off.

We will draw a lucky winner on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Phone Teams for the Spring Pledge Drive 2018 

During our 2018 Spring Pledge Drive, March 15 - ??? (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

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THE 2018 LUNCHEON IS FULL. Spaces may be availalbe with individual table hosts. WHQR also has a wait list. Please email Mary Bradley at mbradley@whqr.org if you are interested in being added to the wait list. THANKS EVERYONE!

WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon featuring 1A's Joshua Johnson

Friday, May 18th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

The Grand Ballroom at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside

Are you interested in serving 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.

We are seeking a diverse population from our listenership who are interested in engaging with the community in meaningful ways, will attend regular monthly meetings, will participate in committee responsibilities and will assist with fundraising.

Join other Public Radio lovers, WHQR Community Advisory Board, staff, board and friends at a great spot in Ogden on Thursday, March 1st, from 5pm to 7pm. Celebrate your community focused non-profit radio station while drinking local beer (Broomtail Craft brews and more), enjoying great company, and relaxing in a great setting (with a beautiful beer garden)! We are also super excited to have John Fonville and the band End of the Line with us that night as our live entertainment. We will also have Arepa St. Food Truck at the event as well! Raise a glass to excellent radio, music, culture and an interesting and interested community of listeners. We can't wait to see you there!!!!!

WHQR Public Media and UNCW Office of the Arts are pleased to present The Great American Songbook Live: The Oscars on the big stage at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30pm.  Tickets available at the Kenan Box Office (910-962-3500) or...

POSITION TITLE: WHQR Broadcast and Digital Marketing Producer
LOCATION: WHQR, 254 N. Front St., Ste. 300, Wilmington, NC 28401
SUPERVISOR(S): George Scheibner, Operations Manager Michelle Rhinesmith, Station Manager

Saturdays at 2pm , NPR’s Hidden Brain joins the HQR News lineup.

Hidden Brain with host Shankar Vedantam, helps curious folks understand the world, current events and themselves.

Saturday nights at 6pm, Mountain Stage will offer WHQR listeners the best seats in the house for performances captured in front of a live audience by established stars and emerging artists. Hosted by Larry Groce, each two-hour episode features seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country to indie rock, pop, world music, alternative, and beyond.

WHQR’s One Day End-Of-Year Pledge Drive is TODAY, December 14th!!!

1 in 4 children in our community struggles with hunger. When you support WHQR during this One-Day Drive, you’re also helping NourishNC.

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, ushering in a new era of independent, non-commercial media dedicated to public service, education and, in his words, “satisfying America’s appetite for excellence.”

WE DID IT... AND WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH! WE RAISED OVER $148,000 from 1,148 PLEDGES IN 7 DAYS!

With your gifts, you ensure that public radio continues in the Cape Fear region. Your gifts will keep the lights on in the studio and pay for the programs you know and love. Pledge drives enable us to continue to provide the music, news and emergency broadcasting you depend on on HQR News and Classical HQR. 

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!)

Visit our new Little Free Library! Thanks to Jeff Hunter here at WHQR, we now have our very own Little Free Library! Everyone is invited to find a new book to read and to leave a different book behind. You can find best sellers, classic literature, fun children's books, magazines and so much more. Come by for a great read, and bring your favorite books to share with others!

Located in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, Wilmington. 

Welcome, Michelle!

Aug 15, 2017

A warm welcome to our new station manager, Michelle Rhinesmith! We are excited to have you become a part of our team. Happy First Day! 

We've done it - we've made history together again!!!! As of 2:55pm, WHQR has raised $75,135 during the Summer Stealth Drive, going over the summer goal of $75,000 and allowing us to CANCEL the traditional on-air summer fundraiser!!!!!! 

We are so excited that we are able to have a summer free of program interruptions. Way to go WHQR friends!!! Thank you.

Enjoy all the great joys of summer (with your soundtrack from WHQR).

As our final day of the Summer Stealth Drive approaches, we are running a giveaway for an Apple iPad Air! Make your donation BEFORE 7:01 PM ON JULY 18, 2017, and have your name entered to win!*

To make a donation online and have your name entered into the contest, Click Here.

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

Thank You For Joining Us For "A Little Lunch Music"

Jun 13, 2017

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

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.

WHQR's Spring 2017 Listener Survey

Mar 2, 2017
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.

WHQR MeetUp Party at Flytrap Brewing

Feb 23, 2017

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

emPowering Our Future Celebration

Feb 14, 2017

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

WHQR Day Sponsor Party 2017!

Jan 31, 2017

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.

Full power restored to all signals

Jan 2, 2017

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).

emPowering Our Future hits goal

Dec 30, 2016

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.

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