Inside WHQR

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

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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.

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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.

From Sunday, April 22nd, 1984: the very beginning of WHQR. With Michael Titterton, first manager of WHQR. And more:

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.

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!

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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.

Wilmington is looking forward to Michelle Dockery sightings.

Thank you to the 399 listeners who called and pledged online to raise $25,052 meeting WHQR's December Pledge Drive Goal. Because of your generosity, Food Lion will be donating enough food to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Caroline to feed 399 families of four!!!

Thanks to Food Lion and the Food Bank and to our WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS!

Thursday, December 10th is WHQR's End-of-Year-One-Day-Drive. Pledge now! We are proud to be partnering with Food Lion and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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!

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!

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