Inside WHQR

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

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:

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 

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.

96.7 is back. Classical HQR returned to the air Monday evening, thanks to the hard work of Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner. Well done!

Earlier:  ATTENTION: Currently Classical HQR 96.7 is silent.  The tower has possibly been hit by lightning. We expect to be back on the air this evening. In the meantime, you can still access 96.7 fm by listening online or on 91.3/HD2. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

7:45 Thursday: Downtown and other parts of Wilmington experienced a power outage this morning, affecting WHQR's Classical HQR channel at 96.7, 91.3HD2 and streaming. As of about 7:25, power is back up and Classical HQR is on the air again. Thank you for your patience.

An outage in one of our satellite receivers resulted in a loss of WHQR's 9 pm - midnight jazz on Tuesday December 23rd. The station was still on the air, but silent for several minutes while we attempted to bring the jazz back.

As of Wednesday morning the 24th, we still don't know the cause of the problem but suspect it was from the syndicated source we use. We decided to start the BBC early.

Naturally, this problem occurred during holiday times. Of course. Special thanks to George Scheibner for returning to the station, investigating the problem and putting the BBC on.

Holiday Blues on WHQR!

Dec 19, 2014

When it comes to Christmas music the Blues has its fair share, and then some. From the familiar strains of "Merry Christmas Baby" by Charles Brown to Lynn August's "Christmas by the Bar-B-Que," there are hundreds of holiday Blues and R&B cds, containing thousands of familiar and original tunes. Front Street Blues presents its take on a blue Christmas, and it's sure to please.

During her 20 years with us Jemila Ericson has come to be thought of by many as the heart and soul of WHQR. Her soothing voice, her humor, her uncanny ability to pronounce challenging names in a dozen different languages every day, and her tender aura all make Jemila the irreplaceable Classical Host and woman that she is.

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This post has been updated -- 12/18/14.

Congress has extended a tax break on charitable donations from individual donor's retirement accounts retroactively to January 1, 2014. The President is expected to sign this legislation.

This provision, which expired in 2013, allows individuals 70 ½ and older to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets to a qualified charitable organization. The IRA charitable rollover is tax-free and not included in a donor's adjusted gross income.

Lan Nichols

Thank you to everyone who attended our most successful Homemade Holiday Shorts yet!

There was plenty of great conversation, food, drink, and most importantly the most entertaining  holiday stories to date. A special thanks once again to our Master of Ceremonies Rob Zapple, to our charismatic readers Tony Rivenbark, Rhonda Bellamy and Katherine Rudeseal, to Milner's Cafe for the catering, and to our wonderful holiday musicians John Golden and Catesby Jones. We hope you had as lovely a time as we did! Check out some of the photos from this glorious night in the slideshow above.

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Trying to find something unique to give your loved ones this holiday season? Have we got the perfect gift for you - Local glass artist Jim Downey has created custom WHQR Christmas Ornaments!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2014 One Day, End of the Year such a success!!!

We would especially like to thank:

WHQR Board of Directors

Our WONDERFUL volunteers like Merritt and Mindy Blalock and all the great people who helped answer the phones. 

The restaurants who provided delicious food for our volunteers and staff

  • Canape
  • Stuffedwich

WHQR'S committed staff

No matter what holiday you celebrate WHQR has the perfect holiday music for you!

Check out our list of upcoming holiday-themed shows:

Chanukah/Hanukkah

Hanukkah Lights 2014 (NPR) 7 p.m. Monday 12/15 on 91.3 FM

Avanti Cards

We know you are inundated with mail asking for money this time of year. As a nonprofit, we really do understand how important those end-of-year donations are. Here are 3 things to ponder when considering a gift to WHQR:

WHQR created the Pay It Forward program last month to assist listeners having trouble receiving Classical HQR on our 96.7 FM frequency. With Pay It Forward, listeners can receive a free HD radio that can receive the HD2 signal of our main channnel, 91.3 FM. This is identical to the 96.7 signal, and is also streamed live from our website (upper left of this page).

That's right...your favorite part of the holiday season is back! Be sure to tune in to 96.7 FM at 1 pm on Saturdays for a new season of LIVE at the MET. Never miss any of your favorite operas again! This Saturday, December 6 the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Season will kick off the holidays with "The Barber of Seville." For more information about the MET's schedule click here.  

WHQR Public Radio announces that Jemila Ericson has resigned from her position as Classical Host and Midday Interview Host. Her last official day on air will be December 26, 2014. Jemila notified station management, staff and board of her decision on November 25, 2014. She has been a wonderful part of WHQR for over 20 years and will be deeply missed by colleagues and listeners alike.

Congratulations to News Director Rachel Lewis Hilburn!!! This past weekend Rachel Lewis Hilburn was honored at the Associated Press and Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas for Film in Wilmington for Best Series in the Carolinas. Her series explored the potential impact of loss of film incentives on the Cape Fear Region. Congratulations Rachel!

Does HD work?

Nov 10, 2014

Bill Finley of Southport wrote: "After a month of trying to get used to the lack of signal on 96.7, I gathered up all the loose change and splurged on a $52 HD radio. All is well. I love WHQR again. Played through my audio system the quality of  the HD signal is superb. All is forgiven." You can be eligible for a free HD Radio.

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