Inside WHQR

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

WHQR to be at reduced power for HD upgrade

Jun 13, 2015

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!

Next WHQR Board Meeting Thursday

Jun 12, 2015

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. 

Next Power Breakfast to feature Rachel Lewis Hilburn

Jun 9, 2015

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

Friday Feedback for May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015
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:

Great American Songbook Memorial Day Special

May 21, 2015

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.

91.3 back to normal; HD upgrade not yet complete

May 17, 2015

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.

91.3 at reduced power today for HD upgrade

May 16, 2015

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.

EVENT FULL

NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Wednesday, June 3 at 12 PM

Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Riverside

StarNews Celebrates 50 Years of George Scheibner On Air

Apr 28, 2015

WHQR is proud to point the spotlight at one of our most dedicated, knowledgeable and all around passionate staff members, George Scheibner. George has been a DJ, radio personality and friend to us all for over 50 wonderful years and we couldn't be happier that Ben Steelman has taken the time to remind listeners just how much George Scheibner really shines. Be sure tocheck out the George slideshow above!

To read the in-depth article recently published in the StarNews please click here

The Spring 2015 WHQR Survey

Apr 23, 2015

The Spring 2015 WHQR Survey is your chance to tell us what you like -- and don't like -- about WHQR.  At WHQR your opinion counts. Help make the station even better by taking our quick online Spring Listener Survey. All participants will be entered to win a Smooth Landings Guest DJ spot!

Visit whqr.org and click on the survey…but hurry, the survey closes Wednesday at 5pm. Thank you for helping make WHQR all that it can be.

Fun facts about the number 31

Apr 22, 2015
https://forartssakeboutique.wordpress.com/tag/31/

1) The sum of the first 31 odd prime numbers is a perfect square:
3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + ... + 83 + 87 + 89 = 31 x 31

2) There are 31 letters in the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet.

3) Thirty-one is a betting game played with cards.

4) In French the expression trente et un (31) refers to someone who is well dressed.

5) There are 31 days in most months.

6) a billion seconds is (roughly) 31 years...

and

7) WHQR is 31 years old today!

And the winners are....

Apr 7, 2015

WHQR wants to say CONGRATULATIONS to the two amazing non-profits who won our Spring Pledge Drive Partnership Challenge:

1st Place: The Diaper Bank - Congratulations on winning on a $1000 underwriting contract with WHQR!

2nd Place: Guardian Ad Litem - Congratulations on winning on a $500 underwriting contract with WHQR!

Event Sponsorship Information

Apr 2, 2015

 

WHQR’S FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON FEATURING

NPR & ABC NEWS’ COKIE ROBERTS

Award-winning journalist, television anchor and correspondent on Morning Edition

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 at 12pm

GRAND BALLROOM AT THE HILTON RIVERSIDE

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

WHQR’S FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON FEATURING NPR & ABC NEWS’ COKIE ROBERTS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015 at 12pm

WE MADE IT - WE WENT OVER OUR GOAL!!!!

Apr 1, 2015

We did it - and it's all thanks to you! Thank you to the 1377 WHQR supporters who helped us raise $161,650!  Check out the slideshow above of all the fabulous volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to help us answer all your wonderful phone calls!  In fact, we have so many people 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 and volunteers. 

We're SO Close!!!!

Mar 31, 2015

We didn't make it...but we're soooo close! We haven't quite reached our goal of $160,000, so we'll be back at it Wednesday morning, extending our pledge drive for one more day. Please help us during the night tonight, so we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Last chance for Spring 2015!

Mar 31, 2015

Today is Your Last Chance to:

*  Enter the Umstead Hotel and Spa giveaway
*  Get the great prizes and thank-you gifts in this drive

•   Let’s make this the best day ever for WHQR
•   Our goal is to finish at $160,000 by 7 today
*  Every pledge makes WHQR stronger

CALL 910-343-1138, or pledge at whqr.org!

WHQR Spring 2015 Pledge Drive is On!

Mar 25, 2015

It's day three of WHQR's Spring Pledge Drive!

We are running a fantastic Grand Sweepstakes for our Spring 2015 Pledge Drive! Pledge now and you could win this great getaway from Umstead Hotel and Spa:

Call for WHQR Volunteers

Mar 23, 2015

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity? WHQR needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to join our fun and friendly staff to answer the telephones during the opening morning of our Spring 2015 Pledge Drive, this Wednesday, March 25 from 6-9 AM. It's  a great chance to get involved in your community and meet other public radio lovers like yourself! CLICK HERE NOW TO SIGN UP 

WHQR Board plans for future

Mar 10, 2015

The WHQR Board of Directors met on March 7th to review activities at the station and plan for the future. The group examined progress made in the Strategic Plan adopted in August-September 2012 and looked at timelines and some revisions of the plan's remaining goals.

The Board noted that 2 of the 5 goals of the plan had been met entirely or in large part in 2014, WHQR's 30th Anniversary year:

You're Invited! The WHQR Meet Up Kick-Off Event

Mar 6, 2015

You're invited! Please join us Wednesday, March 18 from 5 - 7 PM for a chance to meet up with other public radio fanatics!

How to listen to WHQR online via iTunes

Feb 27, 2015

On Friday Feedback February 27, 2015, we promised to give instructions on:

LISTENING TO WHQR ONLINE

In iTunes, go to:

File > Open Stream

for HQR News, type in:

http://audio-mp3.ibiblio.org:8000/whqr_hd1

for Classical HQR, type in:

http://audio-mp3.ibiblio.org:8000/whqr_hd2

Planting the Pledge Drive Trees

Feb 10, 2015

Last week WHQR's Development Director Mary Bradley met up with Angie Carl from the Nature Conservancy, Tony Doster from the American Society of Foresters and Resource Management Services and Victoria Lockhart from Resource Management Services to plant the forest that YOU helped create. During our 2014 Fall Pledge Drive, The American Society of Foresters generously donated one longleaf tree sapling for every pledge made. Coming to a total of 1000 new longleaf trees, together we will effectually restore 5 acres of longleaf pine forests.

WHQR Unveils "Invisibilia"

Feb 6, 2015

HQRNews 91.3fm is proud to announce the newest addition to our program schedule, Invisiblilia. NPR's most recent baby (and what a mysterious and fascinating baby she is), is co-hosted by Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller, founders of such popular programs as Radio Lab and This American Life.

Welcome Gina Gambony!

Feb 5, 2015

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.

NC Jazz Fest Ticket Giveaway!

Jan 29, 2015

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 contest@whqr.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. 

WHQR Day Sponsor Party 2015!

Jan 21, 2015
Paul Reinmann

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!

Power reduction on 91.3, outage on 96.7

Jan 13, 2015

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.

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