Inside WHQR

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

One Day Drive Sweepstakes: Win an Apple iPad Air!

Dec 8, 2015

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.

2015 Fall Pledge Drive Slide Show

Nov 2, 2015

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!

My Top 5: Deathly Tales about Dead Composers

Oct 30, 2015

There's nothing better than a good story.  The history of classical music is chock full of them.  In the spirit of Halloween, I'm delighted to share with you 5 of my favorite tales related to the death (or after-life) of composers.  These range from the stubborn to the eerie to the just plain bizarre, arranged in ascending order. 

5. Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687).  We've heard the warning about not shooting ourselves in the foot.  Perhaps we should also take care not to stab ourselves in the foot.

 

WHQR is Enormously Thankful!

Oct 27, 2015

Thank you to everyone who helped us make our 7-day 2015 Fall Pledge Drive goal!

We would especially like to thank:

WHQR Board of Directors

Our wonderful volunteers like Merritt and Mindy Blalock and the more than 100 great people who helped answer our pledge phones.

Our partner non-profit volunteer teams.

The restaurants who provided food for our staff & volunteers:

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

It's Day Two of our 2015 Fall Pledge Drive!

Oct 22, 2015

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

The 2015 Fall Pledge Drive is On!

Oct 21, 2015

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.

2015 FALL PLEDGE DRIVE SWEEPSTAKES

Oct 20, 2015

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

Today is Cyber Day- Make an Online Pledge Right Now!

Oct 20, 2015

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.

Volunteer for the Fall 2015 Pledge Drive

Oct 14, 2015

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. 

The Tale of the Dollar Car

Aug 11, 2015

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:

Summer Stealth Drive Success!

Jul 27, 2015

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.

Our First Annual Summer Stealth Drive is Here!

Jul 7, 2015

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.

Cokie Roberts' Visit to ILM and WHQR Was a Huge Success

Jun 9, 2015
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. 

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