Inside WHQR

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

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
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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
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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.

Problems getting 96.7 fm?

Sep 23, 2014

Since signing on Classical HQR at 96.7 last week, we have received many messages of thanks from classical listeners in New Hanover and areas in neighboring counties who are overjoyed to have classical music on FM 24 hours a day. But listeners elsewhere have reported reception problems.

It's Official!!!: HQRNews and ClassicalHQR Are Born

Sep 18, 2014
Paul Reinmann

IT'S OFFICIAL! As of 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 16 WHQR  gave birth to HQRNews 91.3 FM and ClassicalHQR 96.7. Joined by several of our listeners, volunteers, staff and some special guests including Mayor Bill Saffo and County Commissioner Woody White, we heralded in this exciting event with the flip of a giant switch and plenty of champagne. Be sure to check out the slideshow above to see pictures from this truly historic night!

Classical HQR 96.7fm is on the air!

Sep 16, 2014

WHQR Public Radio is honored to announce the debut of its new all-classical FM signal, Classical HQR at 96.7fm, broadcasting as of 5:30 pm, Tuesday September 16th. This 24/7, non-commercial classical station will join the newly expanded 24/7, non-commercial news and information station, WHQR News at 91.3fm. Full program schedules for both stations are now available for download here (right-click for PCs, Control-click for Macs):

Recap: WHQR Staff and Volunteer Picnic

Sep 15, 2014
Paul Reinmann

THANK YOU to the WHQR Board!!!! 

The Friends of Public Radio Board threw a cookout for WHQR's volunteers, staff and their families on Sunday, September 14 at Hugh McRae Park. Our terrific board members baked cookies, made salads and grilled delicious hot dogs and burgers for some very thankful staffers and volunteers. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful board. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!

Be sure to check out the slideshow of this great event (special thanks to Paul Reinmann for all the gorgeous images)!

WHQR launches its all-classical station

Sep 14, 2014

WHQR Public Radio is honored to announce the debut of its new all-classical FM signal. This 24/7, non-commercial classical station will join the newly expanded 24/7, non-commercial news and information station 91.3fm WHQR News. The classical signal frequency and full program grids for both stations will be announced on Tuesday at 5:30 pm, on the air and on this website.

Front Street Blues (Fridays & Saturdays at midnight on WHQR 91.3fm) has a weekend blues party cookin' on the front burner, just for you.

On Saturday, August 30th, listen for Deanna Bogart, Rocky Fuller, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Albert Castiglia, Sena Ehrhardt, Ian Siegal & The Youngest Sons, The Delta Generators, Grady Champion, and more. 60 minutes of Blues begins at midnight on 91.3fm. Listen online at our website.

  WHQR's Lan Nichols is your host. Tune in and get some Blues!

Friends of Public Radio, Inc., licensee of WHQR Public Radio, has completed the purchase of the station's office and broadcast facilities at 254 North Front Street from Hexagon Holdings, Inc.

Hexagon has owned the third floor property in the Warwick Building for several years, with WHQR as its sole tenant. The agreement was signed by David Zumbro, Chair of the non-profit Friends of Public Radio, and representatives from Hexagon Holdings. The agreement followed a vote by the station's Board of Directors to purchase its own radio facility.

A New Day for WHQR

Aug 11, 2014

Today, August 11, 2014, is a significant day in WHQR's progress toward a second, all-classical station. Listeners to classical music starting this week with Pat Marriott and Jemila Ericson will hear our morning classical music from our newly-revamped Classical Studio 3. The music from 9 am to 1 pm will be simulcast on both 91.3fm and HD, and on HD2. (Of course, both will be streamed over the internet).

Paul Reinmann

WHQR 91.3fm Awarded a $2,000 Grant from the New Hanover County Community Foundation

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – WHQR 91.3fm has been awarded a grant of $2,000 from the New Hanover County Community Foundation, according to Cleve Callison, WHQR Station Manager. 

The New Hanover Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCFF).

Recap: WHQR 2014 Annual Meeting

Aug 4, 2014

WHQR held its Annual Meeting on July 17, 2014!

WHQR staff, volunteers, board members, and our supporting public met in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR Studios for a wonderful night of celebrating the past year's triumphs and the next year's goals. WHQR wants to say thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy lives to help support local public radio.

A special thank you to Paul Reinmann for catching this wonderful night on film - Don't forget to check out the slideshow!

2-Day [yes, TWO] Drive Raises $65,085

Jul 22, 2014

WOW!

seems to be the most apt word for the events of Tuesday, July 22nd. When we began, after a somewhat slow first day, it was hard to see how we could finish this summer's Keep It Short drive in even 3 days, let alone 2. The sudden $20,000 pledge at 6:57 am transformed everything and led to a very satisfying next 12 hours.

Retired Judge Stuart Namm joined us in June to speak about his memoir, A Whistle Blower's Lament: The Perverted Pursuit of Justice in the State of New York. Namm spoke candidly with us about his experience as a judge in Suffolk County, New York,  the impetus for his book, and the plot of his real-life political thriller.

WHQR Annual Meeting

Jul 8, 2014

WHQR's Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 17th, 2014, at 6:00 pm in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 North Front Street Suite 300, Wilmington. The public is invited (please see below for reservations). Snacks will be provided.

WHQR needs individuals to answer phones during our  Summer 2014 Pledge Drive. Pledges are taken by computer, so all volunteers should feel comfortable typing and using the system. Shifts begin with a brief orientation and can be a fun way to meet other Public Radio fans and hang out with the WHQR staff! To sign up, email Jarred at memberservices@whqr.org with the specific day and time that you would like to take and your name and contact information.

Diane Rehm News

Jun 24, 2014

WAMU and NPR are sharing sad news. Diane Rehm's husband, John Rehm, passed away yesterday. Diane has deeply appreciated the many kind words of support during John’s long illness.  
 
Katty Kay is hosting The Diane Rehm Show today. She will refer on the air the passing of Diane’s husband and that she will be back soon.
 
Guest hosts will be sitting in for Diane on the show for at least the next week or so.

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We have been getting quite a few comments from listeners concerning signal issues during recent broadcasts of Morning Edition. What listeners are hearing is the natural phenomenon of "tropospheric ducting." While tropospheric propagation can do some really cool stuff to radio signals (like bounce them from very, very far away), it mostly just mixes distant signals broadcasting at the same frequency. That's no fun and can result in lot of static or just bad noise. 

Joe D'Alessandro

Update: Click the above photo for a short slideshow. For a full album of pictures, visit the full Great American Songbook Photo Album on Facebook! 

The Great American Songbook Live last Saturday night was a great success!

WHQR to Purchase its Facilities

Jun 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014:

Friends of Public Radio, Inc., licensee of WHQR Public Radio, announced today an agreement to purchase the station's office and broadcast facilities at 254 North Front Street from Hexagon Holdings, Inc.

Prologue Recap: "Hunting Che" by Kevin Maurer

Jun 5, 2014
WHQR Staff

New York Times Bestselling nonfiction author Kevin Maurer joined us in May to speak about his most recent book, Hunting Che, about a U.S. Special Forces mission that lead to the capture of Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia. He spoke about his writing process, and what it's like to make a small factual error in a book:

WHQR Membership Phone Calls

Jun 4, 2014
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WHQR is currently in the middle of a lapsed member fiscal year end campaign. We are calling some of our lapsed members to ask them to rejoin the station. We want our members to be aware that these are legitimate calls.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary at 910-343-1640 or mbradley@whqr.org.

As always, WHQR loves to hear from you, so send us an email or give Mary a call if you are need more information or are interested in renewing your membership.

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