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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:


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.