Inside WHQR

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

WHQR's Fall 2015 Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 96.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.34

WHQR's Fall 2015 Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 96.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.34

WHQR's Fall 2015 Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 96.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.34

Ira Glass and Steve Colbert talk about why they love the Pledge Drive. If you're like Steve Colbert and love the Pledge Drive, or if you love This American Life with Ira Glass make your donation right now by calling 910.343.1138 or making a web pledge here

WHQR's Fall 2015 Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 96.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.34

WHQR's Fall 2015 Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 96.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.34

WHQR's Fall 2015 Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the HQR News 91.3 and Classical HQR 96.7! Pledge NOW online or give us a call and talk to one of our friendly volunteers at 910.343.1138.

FALL PLEDGE DRIVE SWEEPSTAKES:

Everyone who pledges is entered in TWO DRAWINGS for either a Apple iPad Air or a compact 16GB iPad Mini.

Brand New Apple iPad Air:

•  Brilliant 9.7 inch touch screen display

•  Bluetooth and WiFi ready

•  Front and rear-facing cameras for video chats

•  Email, surf the web, play music and video, read books, play games, and much more!

Brand New iPAD Mini:

• Thin, light design, 10-hour battery

Our Fall Pledge Drive begins tomorrow at 6 am, but we are taking pledges online today as part of our "Cyber Day" pre-drive campaign. In only 2-3 minutes, you'll get that contribution done and off your to-do list.

WHQR needs individuals to answer phones during our Fall 2015 Pledge Drive. Pledges are taken by computer, so all volunteers should feel comfortable typing and using the system. Shifts begin with a brief orientation and can be a fun way to meet other Public Radio fans and hang out with the WHQR staff! To sign up, email Meg Young at memberservices@whqr.org with the specific day and time that you would like to take and your name and contact information.

ALL PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGE SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.

The WHQR Partnership Challenge - Fall Pledge Drive 2015

Non-profits in the Cape Fear region know that WHQR Public Radio is an essential part of a strong marketing plan, and one of the best ways to expand their reach.

Tonight's Cinematique Film, Meru, will play at its scheduled time of 7pm at Thalian Hall. We encourage  patrons to use extreme caution on roadways while traveling or choose to attend another screening of the movie on Tuesday at 7pm or  Wednesday at 4pm or 7pm. The Thalian Hall Center Box Office will open at 2pm. Please call with any questions at 910-632-2285.

During our Fall 2015 Pre-Drive Campaign we are running a high-tech sweepstakes! Pledge now online at whqr.org or return your membership challenge letter and you could win a brand new Apple iPad Air

Top Five Hotdogs

Aug 28, 2015

I love all things “food,” and almost everyone loves a good hotdog, so I embarked on a search for the five best hotdogs in the region. I realized early in my research that I was going to have to limit the search to Wilmington proper for now, as Carolina Beach, Burgaw, Rocky Point, and points beyond the city limits all have too many hotdog vendors for me to cover in one blog, but I will consider others in the future. I decided to stick to places that specialize mostly in hotdogs, and I tried to focus on eating local and stayed away from chain restaurants. 

This '93 Toyota Corolla has a long history with WHQR.

It was once owned by our very own Jemila Ericson, former Classical Music and Midday Interview host, and her mother before that. About ten years ago, Jemila sold this beauty to Bill DiNome, a long-time WHQR supporter and a former member of WHQR's Community Advisory Board, for exactly $1. Now, Bill has donated this time-honored car to WHQR's vehicle donation program. Thank you, Bill!

Top 5 Music Beds

When you’re driving along in your car, getting your local and national news from your public radio station, you might hear a song in the background that strikes your fancy. It may serve as a break between news stories, or it might be under an underwriting message. Before you can get out your phone to Shazam the selection, it’s gone.

As listeners know, our first-ever Summer Stealth Drive was a success. It went over its goal 11 hours early on Monday July 27th, thus eliminating the usual summer 3- or 4-day marathon. Going past the goal is a great boost for the station as we begin our 2015-16 Fiscal Year. For those who want to dive a little deeper, we have some some questions and answers. But first, a couple of definitions:

We did it! Your donations made it all possible! 

The Summer Stealth Drive was a huge success! Thanks to all of your generous donations we've raised $71,145 and there will be NO program interruptions! We have officially canceled the tradition on air pledge drive that was set to take place on Tuesday, July 28. We are so excited that we are able to have a summer free of program interruptions. Enjoy all of the great delights of summer with your WHQR soundtrack.

We made history together! Thank you so much!

Listener Beth wrote:

Thank you for doing the no interruption fund raising. It made me want to donate again.

Listener RA agreed, but added,

Just don’t spend days telling us how you are not going to interrupt programming!

That’s our hope, RA, but it depends on how the pledges come in – when we hit the goal, we’ll stop. Thanks for writing.

Listener Helen wrote:

WHQR's repeater for HQR News in Myrtle Beach, 98.9 FM, is back on the air following repairs made by engineer Jobie Sprinkle, with George Scheibner assisting. The signal had been off the air for approximately 2 weeks after apparently being struck by lightning.

Listeners in the area between Myrtle Beach proper and North Myrtle Beach can experiment to see if our main signal at 91.3 or the repeater at 98.9 is the stronger. We appreciate your patience, and thank you for the calls and inquiries during this time.

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!

This year we’re trying something completely different. We’re trying to meet our summer goal of $70,000 without interrupting programing. It seems like a crazy idea, but your donation will make it possible.

Yesterday, Saturday June 13, 2015, Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner made the final steps to improving 91.3's HD signal. Now, listeners with HD radios will receive both HQR News (HD1) and Classical HQR (HD2) throughout most of the 91.3 listening area. Correct orientation and location, plus an external antenna, may still be necessary.

WHQR will operate at reduced power, starting early afternoon today, Saturday June 13, 2015. We'll make what we hope are final steps in improving 91.3's HD signal. This will allow listeners with HD radios to receive both HQR News and Classical HQR in the full geographic range of 91.3. Fingers crossed!

The next monthly meeting of Board of the Friends of Public Radio, Inc. will be as follows

  • Thursday, June 18th, 2015, at 4:30 pm
  • WHQR studios
  • 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC

Meetings of the Board are open to the public. Seating is limited and we request that anyone interested in attending notify us by writing to the above address, or by emailing us at whqr@whqr.org.

Linsey McGrath

Last Wednesday's luncheon with ABC and NPR analyst Cokie Roberts was a huge success. We ate, we drank and we were definitely merry.  Cokie Roberts was charismatic, brilliant and downright funny.  How many of us would love to relive last Wednesday's luncheon with Cokie Roberts? Now is your chance when you check out the slideshow above. (Thank you to Paul Reinmann and Linsey McGrath for the stellar pictures!) Thank you again to all who came to listen to Cokie Roberts and enjoy a great afternoon with the Wilmington community. 

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal's next event in its popular Power Breakfast series is today:

ABC

Last week I read a number of critical comments taken from our recent Listener Survey. Several people were moved to respond. Listener Bill wrote:

Update 5/22: So far, other stations that we know of who will be carrying this show are KHNS in Alaska, (Haines, Skagway and Klukwan), Spokane Public Radio, and KTXK in Texarkana, Texas.

WHQR presents a special program for this year's Memorial Day commemoration. Since 2010 WHQR has presented daily segments of the Great American Songbook, produced by George Scheibner with Dr. Philip Furia. Collectively the episodes present an enduring body of classic American song, performed generation after generation by musicians and singers.

Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner worked over the weekend on installing new HD circuitry in our main 91.3 transmitter. Once this is done, listeners who have had difficulty receiving Classical HQR on 96.7 will be able to hear 24-hour classical music on an HD radio tuned to 91.3's HD2 signal.

Unfortunately, the HD upgrade could not be completed due to a missing part in the inventory supplied by the manufacturer. We will be ordering it and get Jobie back in action as soon as possible. 91.3, HD1 and HD2, and 96.7 are all operational as before.

A long-awaited power boost to our HD signal is scheduled to be implemented today (Saturday May 16). HQR News at 91.3 will be at reduced power beginning around noon while engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner work on installing new HD circuitry in our main 91.3 transmitter. Once this is done, listeners who have had difficulty receiving Classical HQR on 96.7 should be able to hear 24-hour classical music on an HD radio tuned to 91.3's HD2 signal. Thank you for your patience.

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