Inside WHQR

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

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.

Power outages in Wilmington

Jan 8, 2015

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.

What happened to Tuesday's Jazz?

Dec 24, 2014

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.

Jemila Ericson Says Goodbye to WHQR

Dec 19, 2014

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.

IRA Rollover Retroactive Extension

Dec 18, 2014
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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.

Recap: Homemade Holiday Shorts was a Hoot!

Dec 17, 2014
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.

Position Announcement: Classical Host 2014

Dec 16, 2014

Brief description:

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!

WHQR Wants to Say Thank You!!!!

Dec 11, 2014

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

Your Guide to WHQR's Holiday Programming

Dec 8, 2014

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

End of year gifts: 3 ideas

Dec 4, 2014
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:

Update on "Pay It Forward"

Dec 4, 2014

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).

The Metropolitan Opera Season is on 96.7 FM!

Dec 2, 2014

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's Classical Host Jemila Ericson Resigns

Dec 1, 2014

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 Rachel Lewis Hilburn!!!

Nov 19, 2014

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.

Ira Sachs in the ILM!

Nov 5, 2014

This Monday night WHQR welcomed highly revered filmmaker Ira Sachs to the ILM!  Many eager movie-goers and fans met Sachs at Cinematique, WHQR's independent film series at Thalian Hall, for a screening of Sach's critically acclaimed film "Love is Strange" starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, as well as a brilliant Q & A with filmmaker Ira Sachs. Check out the slideshow for pictures from this wonderful, star-crossed night in Wilmington. 

Thank you to all who joined us in this special night!

Remembering Car Talk's beloved Tom Magliozzi

Nov 3, 2014
Richard Howard

Tom Magliozzi, one of the hosts of Car Talk, passed away today, Monday, November 3, due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Car Talk producer Doug Berman wrote this, in part, to stations this afternoon:

Tom’s been such a dominant, positive personality amongst us for so long that all of us in the public radio family—and I include our millions of listeners—will find this news very difficult to receive...

NPR Politics Live Tumblr Blog

Nov 3, 2014

Check this out! Live election updates, quotes and images from NPR Politics Tumblr! 

WHQR's 30th Birthday Party Was Incredible!!!

Oct 30, 2014
Ed Shenkman

Oh, what a night! WHQR's 30th Birthday was everything we dreamed it would be and more! There were fortune tellers, magicians, amazing musicians, delicious cotton candy cocktails, more scrumptious desserts than you've ever dared to imagine, games and most of all, lots and lots of smiling faces. Check out the slideshow to see the pictures from this most unforgettable of nights! 

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

Oct 21, 2014

Thank you to everyone who helped us go OVER our goal for the Fall 2014 Pledge Drive!!!! This morning as of 11 am we raised OVER $140,000. Thank you to the 1,173 supporters, members, volunteers, friends and family of the station for making this yet another successful pledge drive for WHQR.! It's all thanks to you that we are able to bring you a wide variety of news, entertainment and music. Thank you again and here's to another great year for WHQR!!!!

Congratulations to WHQR's Fall Partnership Challenge Winners:

1st Place: Cape Fear Chorale

Support WHQR in our Fall Pledge Drive!

Oct 16, 2014

Support WHQR with your pledge during our Fall 2014 drive. Call 910-343-1138, or make your pledge online!

2014 Fall Pledge Drive is ON!!!

Oct 15, 2014

WHQR's Fall 2014 Pledge Drive is ON and there are so many great ways to show your love for the newly minted HQRNews 91.3 and ClassicalHQR 96.7!

Win an HD Radio - The One a Day Giveaway!

Oct 15, 2014

                                                               WIN AN HD RADIO!

It's Cyber Day!!!!!

Oct 14, 2014

Our Fall Pledge Drive begins tomorrow at 6 am, but we are taking

96.7 listeners: you could win a FREE HD Radio

Oct 10, 2014
iBiquity, Inc.

Updated January 21, 2015:

Since the 24-hour Classical HQR signed on in September 2014, we have received many expressions of gratitude from listeners who can receive the signal. This includes much of New Hanover County and the north Brunswick County area around Leland.

Enter Our Pre-Drive Sweepstakes and Pledge Now!

Oct 8, 2014

Our Fall Pledge Drive doesn't start until October 15, but

WHQR’s Fall Pledge Drive Begins October 15, but you can PLEDGE NOW to support the great programming on WHQR!

Pledge now and you could win this great prize:

A Three-Night Getaway on Bald Head Island!

  • Win a three-nights stay for two (2) at the beautiful Marsh Harbour Inn
  • Personal golf cart use
  • More info at marshharbourinn.com

Anyone who pledges by mail, phone (910-343-1640), or online, before midnight on October 14 is entered!

Pardon our progress

Sep 27, 2014
Wikimedia Commons

The recent addition of Classical HQR 96.7fm and the simultaneous revamp of HQR News 91.3fm have been, as expected, mammoth tasks. Because we are automated during parts of the day and on weekends, we have had to re-write literally thousands of lines of computer code. Some of it has gone more smoothly than we could have hoped.

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