I am very pleased to announce that, following the recommendation of the search committee, Gina Gambony is now our new Classical Host.
You've already heard what a fine job Gina has done since December following Jemila Ericson's departure. You may not have seen all the other helpful things Gina has been responsible for here, such as program logs, voice breaks in all kinds of shows, the Cultural Calendar and a host of other duties.
WHQR is giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to the NC Jazz Fest!
We have TWO pairs for each night to give away. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with JAZZ in the subject line. Winners will be picked at random on Tuesday, February 3 at 10 am. Winners will be notified by email. Tickets must be picked up at WHQR Studios in downtown Wilmington.
If you are one of our many WONDERFUL Day Sponsors who came out to celebrate at the Cameron Art Museum last Friday night we want to say a huge THANK YOU 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. Check out the slide show for a few snapshots from this most enchanting of evenings...
Tune in on Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 pm: The Healing Blues is a project out of Greensboro NC that documents the struggles of those who deal with homelessness everyday. The outcome "...serves as a reminder that good things can happen when there is true collaboration between members of an urban society." More information at www.thehealingblues.org. You'll also hear cuts from Memphis Slim, Ellis Hooks, and Guitar Shorty. Lan Nichols hosts. Listen live at www.whqr.org. Thanks!
Tuesday 1/13, 11:15 am: A power outage at our 91.3 transmitter site in Brunswick county has caused 91.3 to operate at reduced power. As a result, HD2 Classical HQR and 96.7 are also off the air. We don't know at this time when power will be restored. Our live streams for HQR News and Classical HQR should continue to be operational.
This outage is not related to a different problem which took 96.7 off the air for several hours yesterday. We apologize for the inconvenience.
96.7 is back. Classical HQR returned to the air Monday evening, thanks to the hard work of Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner. Well done!
Earlier: ATTENTION: Currently Classical HQR 96.7 is silent. The tower has possibly been hit by lightning. We expect to be back on the air this evening. In the meantime, you can still access 96.7 fm by listening online or on 91.3/HD2. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to rectify the situation as soon as possible.
7:45 Thursday: Downtown and other parts of Wilmington experienced a power outage this morning, affecting WHQR's Classical HQR channel at 96.7, 91.3HD2 and streaming. As of about 7:25, power is back up and Classical HQR is on the air again. Thank you for your patience.
An outage in one of our satellite receivers resulted in a loss of WHQR's 9 pm - midnight jazz on Tuesday December 23rd. The station was still on the air, but silent for several minutes while we attempted to bring the jazz back.
As of Wednesday morning the 24th, we still don't know the cause of the problem but suspect it was from the syndicated source we use. We decided to start the BBC early.
Naturally, this problem occurred during holiday times. Of course. Special thanks to George Scheibner for returning to the station, investigating the problem and putting the BBC on.
When it comes to Christmas music the Blues has its fair share, and then some. From the familiar strains of "Merry Christmas Baby" by Charles Brown to Lynn August's "Christmas by the Bar-B-Que," there are hundreds of holiday Blues and R&B cds, containing thousands of familiar and original tunes. Front Street Blues presents its take on a blue Christmas, and it's sure to please.
During her 20 years with us Jemila Ericson has come to be thought of by many as the heart and soul of WHQR. Her soothing voice, her humor, her uncanny ability to pronounce challenging names in a dozen different languages every day, and her tender aura all make Jemila the irreplaceable Classical Host and woman that she is.