Inside WHQR

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

5 Questions about the Summer Stealth Drive

Jul 30, 2015

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!

Friday Feedback for July 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015

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:

98.9 in Myrtle Beach Back On Air

Jul 22, 2015

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.

HD Upgrade a Success!

Jun 14, 2015

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 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.

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