Inside WHQR

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

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
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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.

WHQR's Spring 2014 Survey is now complete. Thanks to all who responded, either online or by filling out a paper form. We received a healthy total of responses -- 464. Along with audience research, fundraising results, correspondence and general feedback of all kinds, surveys like this can help us determine how well we are meeting the needs of our audience(s).

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As of 1:00 pm, we are back on full power out at the transmitter site! Our very dedicated George Scheibner jumped in the 'HQR-mobile and drove out to the transmitter site, moved us to backup power, and got the scoop on what happened. A logging crew was removing a dead tree and the tree came down on the power line leading to our transmitter site! Not a Smooth Landing at all!

George snapped a few cell-phone pictures for us to take in the scene:

 

Update Thursday 9: 54 am:

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As of Thursday 5/1, our HD signals (both HD1 and all-classical HD2) are back on the air, as are their companion web streams. We are working on upgrades to these systems that we expect to provide more stability.

Thank you for your patience while we work on the problems.

WHQR went on the air on April 22nd, 1984. The first sound the station played? A newborn baby's cry.

  Front Street Blues explores many of the classic artists of the 20th century, but we also feature Blues tunes by talented local musicians. Past installments of FSB have included studio and live cuts by Spidermike Bochey, Charlie & Rose Lucas, Michele & The Midnight Blues, Mojo Collins, Tommy B. & The Stingers, Rick Tobey, and quite a few more.

Thank You Supporters and Volunteers!

Apr 1, 2014

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 watch our Facebook Page for more pledge drive photos soon! 

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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:

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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.

Jemila Ericson

Mar 11, 2014

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.

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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).

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. 

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Working at WHQR (my top station, if there be doubts) as the webmaster, I think a lot about radio, and what makes good radio. There are some generally agreed upon production standards that can help programs sound good or bad. There are basic problems, like that one dj who always plays with the zipper of his jacket on-air so you can't think about the weather advisory he's reading. All you hear is zzzzzzip zzzzzip zzzzzip. Beyond basic sound issues like that, though, it starts to get wishy-washy, creative, and cool.

On Friday, January 10th, WHQR hosted the Second Annual Day Sponsor Party at The Cameron Art Museum. The even was a huge success and it was wonderful to see so many people of this gathering! Were you there? Our volunteer photographers Paul Reinmann and Linsey McGrath documented the event with some great photgraphs. For a full gallery of photos from the event visit WHQR's Facebook Gallery! 

street Interview: Marrio

Dec 25, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

Street Interview: Radha and Rudy

Dec 24, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

Today, we feature a conversation with Radha and Rudy--sharing why they consider their family to be an anchor in their lives.

Street Interview: Paul

Dec 23, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

Today, we feature a conversation with Paul--sharing how familial bonds run deeper than surface differences.

Street Interview: Ana Cristina

Dec 22, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

Today, we feature a conversation with Ana Cristina--sharing the ways she keeps family living far away close to her heart.

Street Interview: Gwenyfar

Dec 21, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

Today, we feature a conversation with Gwenyfar--sharing the both fantastic and troublesome task of owning a family business.

Street Interview: Guy

Dec 20, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

Street Interview: Marvin

Dec 19, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

Street Interview: Rebecca and Al

Dec 18, 2013
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Every year, WHQR features  members of our community on "A Season's Griot," a program celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. This year, we conducted street interviews with friends and passersby, focusing on family--the joys, the travails, and the myriad people we hold close.

The responses were varied and thoughtful. And while not everyone could be included in the program, we want to showcase those who generously offered their reflections.

We received so many wonderful submissions to our 2013 Homemade Holiday Shorts Story Contest that we wanted to share six more of our favorites with you! Every day this week we'll post a different author's story.  Homemade Holiday Shorts will air live on December 15th at 6pm on WHQR 91.3 fm. Tune in (or purchase tickets to the live performance) to hear Rachel Lewis Hilburn read the winning story, Mebane Boyd's "Kurisumasu."

A Jar of Good Cheer

We received so many wonderful submissions to our 2013 Homemade Holiday Shorts Story Contest that we wanted to share six more of our favorites with you! Every day this week we'll post a different author's story.  Homemade Holiday Shorts will air live on December 15th at 6pm on WHQR 91.3 fm. Tune in (or purchase tickets to the live performance) to hear Rachel Lewis Hilburn read the winning story, Mebane Boyd's "Kurisumasu."

    

Avanti Cards

We received so many wonderful submissions to our 2013 Homemade Holiday Shorts Story Contest that we wanted to share six more of our favorites with you! Every day this week we'll post a different author's story.  Homemade Holiday Shorts will air live on December 15th at 6pm on WHQR 91.3 fm. Tune in (or purchase tickets to the live performance) to hear Rachel Lewis Hilburn read the winning story, Mebane Boyd's "Kurisumasu."

Oh! Christmas Tree

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