The arm of a crane placing bulkheads on the construction site of the Marriott Courtyard hotel bends under the stress, forcing nearby office buildings to evacuate. Onlookers gathered along Grace Street in downtown Wilmington to watch as crews worked to resolve the situation.
Update: Attempts to remove the damaged crane described below caused a mandatory evacuation of buildings in the 200 block of North Front Street, including the WHQR studios. For about 3 hours Tuesday afternoon we operated on a computerized schedule.
Work has been proceeding on the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, which is going up on Grace Street in Wilmington (right behind our building). For the last couple of days workers have been driving iron pilings into the ground, which has given our building a severe case of the jitters all day long. But not right now.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation spearheaded an important event on Saturday, November 19, bringing together WHQR staff & board members, General Electric employees, along with local high school and college students, for the building of an oyster reef at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve on Stump Sound, near Holly Ridge, NC.
Saturday November 19th was a beautiful day on Stump Sound in Onslow County. Over 100 volunteers from WHQR, UNCW students, GE Volunteers and others gathered under the auspices of the North Carolina Coastal Federation to build an oyster reef. A long line snaked from the mainland to the sound, ferrying hundreds of bags of marl (marine limestone) as the base, and later bags of oyster shells to make up the reef itself.
Once again, workers will be climbing the tower housing our signal today to make changes to TV equipment there. While they are on the tower, we will be reducing power to protect them. Some listeners may experience signal problems, and our HD signal will not be operational. Thank you again for your patience.
We were able to restore all functionality early this afternoon. Thanks to Operations Manager George Scheibner and a very special SA-lute to Jobie Sprinkle, Chief Engineer of WFAE in Charlotte, who took the day off to drive down here and make needed repairs. Both our FM and HD signals should be back on track now.
The new WHQR website is now live! Please take a look and let us know what you think. This has been a gradual process of rolling out, so it's possible you may not see the changes immediately. Try holding down your Shift key and refresh your browser to get the very latest version.
WHQR web intern John Mortara deserves tremendous thanks for the planning and work he put into this work.
Looking toward next week's Cinematique showing of Senna at Thalian Hall, I'm taken back to the craziness of my teenage fascination with driving fast in fast machines. But unlike other Southern boys I was enthralled by sports cars and European Formula One racing rather than dragsters and stock cars. My heroes were Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Jackie Stewart. My first car was a 1957 Triumph TR-3 that I found under a tarp in a neighbor's garage. Over the years, my admiration for the athleticism, intuition and intelligence of the great drivers has never waned.