Thank you to the 1382 wonderful listeners who called, emailed and mailed in pledges during our Spring Partnership Challenge Pledge Drive. It took seven days and, with your help, we met our goal and raised $156,330! Click the above photo for a brief slideshow and watchour Facebook Page for more pledge drive photos soon!
During our Spring drive, listeners on Saturday morning were asked, "What's your favorite regional dish?" This was while the group Feast Down East was helping answer phones. Here, in no particular order, are the suggestions:
Novelist Wiley Cash joined us on March 17th in the MC Erny Gallery for a lively Prologue book discussion moderated by Ben Steelman of Star News. Cash spoke at length about the work that has gone into his latest novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, as well as about a future novel he is currently working on. Below is one minute long highlight clip:
WHQR's Front Street Blues has been a weekend FM mainstay for over a decade, and the Blues just keeps coming. It'll get even more interesting on Saturday, March 15 when host & producer Lan Nichols plays nothin' but the ladies of the Blues.
WHQR's classical music mainstay, Jemila Ericson, has been away from her daily 9 am - 1 pm shift for a few days to tend to her mother Jean in her last days. Jean Ericson died at Trinity Grove care facility early in the morning of Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Jemila wanted her listeners to know that she appreciates the expressions of concern and care she received during her mom's long illness. Your thoughts and prayers have been and are welcomed. Jemila expects to return to the air in a few days.
The WHQR Partnership Challenge - Fall Pledge Drive 2014
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.
In our 2014 Fall Drive, October 15 - 21, WHQR will salute local non-profits that make a difference in our community, and give your group a chance to be heard even more. Winners of our PartnershipChallenge will receive underwriting contracts on WHQR.
More than 2,200 people have Carl Kasell’s voice on their home answering machines and cell phones – where he’s performed everything from "What’s New Pussycat" to "Rapper’s Delight" as Official Judge and Scorekeeper for Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
After recording so many messages for others, it’s time we record a few for him. You are invited to leave Carl voice mails by calling 1-888-Wait-Wait (1-888-924-8924; select the second option).
The Spring 2014 WHQR Survey is your chance to tell us what you like -- and don't like -- about WHQR. And one lucky participant will win a WHQR Smooth Landing Guest DJ slot.
This spring we've made it easier than ever to enter. WHQR members will soon be receiving copies of the survey in the mail. But the online version is quick and easy to fill out, with more room for your comments about WHQR. Find the online version at surveymonkey.com/s/SurveySpring2014
A Sunday Baroque Weekend, featuring special guest Suzanne Bona of Sunday Baroque, was a huge success. Thank you to every listener who attended one of the lively events. We were fortunate to host such distinguished and talented guests, and it was a privilege to bring these special musical and cultural events to our listeners. We hope you enjoy the above live music (beginning at 5:40) recording and interview with WHQR's very own Jemila Ericson.
Watch for more special live classical music programming from WHQR in the future.
We were honored to host the Cavani Quartet and the poet Mwatabu S. Okantah in the MC Erny Gallery on Friday, January 24th for a special live performance and broadcast of classical music and poetry. Gallery guests and listeners were delighted by the skilled blending of poem and song. Enjoy this clip from the performance, which brought tears to the eyes of many audience members.