Inside WHQR

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

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
ilcountz / Flickr Commons

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
ilcountz / Flickr Commons

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
ilcountz / Flickr Commons

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

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."

 

One-Day End-of-Year Pledge Drive 2013!

Dec 10, 2013

In the holiday spirit of giving, WHQR is partnering with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard. The mission of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is to serve those who are hungry in our area through distribution of emergency food.

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."

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Heather Baird

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."

No Take-Backs

 

Updated December 6, 2013: As of Friday morning, the stream is working. We're crossing our fingers.

Previously: Our WHQR streaming link channel has been experiencing intermittent problems launching from the "Listen Live" link at the upper left. A quick fix is to click on the MP3 link on the right-hand side of the page, as shown here:

Signal Troubleshooting In Progress

Oct 30, 2013

We are currently experiencing broadcast signal issues. We're actively working to diagnose and correct the problem. Our crack operations expert, George Sceibner, is investigating the problem. 

We will update this post as we find a resolution and fully expect the issue to be very temporary.

Update: WHQR experienced signal problems Saturday morning 10/26/13. George Scheibner and our consulting engineer Jobie Sprinkle in Charlotte were able to trace the problem to a component in our signal chain and resolve it. Thank you for your patience.

WHQR and UNCW Presents invite you to a special discussion with the stars of the L.A Theatre Works production of The Graduate. Four actors from the play will participate in a discussion about their work on TV, stage and screen. More info here.

**UPDATE:  This year's winner is Mebane Boyd. Congrats, Mebane! Tune in to Homemade Holiday Shorts to hear her story. We'll share some Honorable Mention tales on the web, too!** 

Every year, WHQR produces Homemade Holiday Shorts, a fun-filled hour of music and storytelling where local entertainers celebrate wintertime traditions. Guests have included Clyde Edgerton, Nan Graham, Madafo Lloyd Wilson, Karen Bender, Tony Rivenbark, Carl Kassel, Linda Lavin, and many more.

Thank You Supporters and Volunteers!

Oct 17, 2013

Thank you to the over 1,100 wonderful listeners who called, emailed and mailed in pledges during our Fall Partnership Challenge Pledge Drive. It took just over seven days, but with your help, we met our goal and raised over $140,000! Congratulations to WHQR's Fall Partnership Challenge Winners:

Jenny Callison

Over a dozen local businesses and organizations entered Cape Fear Literacy Council's 26th Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy. Teams of three represented the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, StarNews, and UNCW's Men's Soccer Team, among others.

WHQR's Spellcasters, comprised of Producer/Announcer Asia Brown (left), Underwriting Representative Kate Brandis (center), and News Director Rachel Lewis Hilburn (right) tied for third, taken out by "Xenagogue." 

NPR has announced that President and CEO Gary Knell, who has been in that office for less than two years, will be leaving this fall to become CEO of the National Geographic Society. WHQR covered this story yesterday. But what will it mean for stations, and for listeners?

Thank you every listener who called, emailed, and mailed in pledges during this week's Summer Pledge Drive. With your help, WHQR raised over $56,270 by 7pm Wednesday, July 24.

I am very pleased to announce successful searches for WHQR's Producer/Announcer and Underwriting Representative positions.

Summer Pledge Partner: Cape Fear River Watch

Jul 21, 2013

During this pledge drive, WHQR is partnering with Cape Fear River Watch!

Summer Pledge Drive and Umstead Giveaway 2014

Jul 21, 2013

We are running a fantastic sweepstake along with our summer 2014 pledge drive! Pledge now or anytime until 7 pm July 24, 2014 and you could win this great getaway:

A Two-Night Stay at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary

UPDATE: WHQR announces that, as of July 19, 2013, the following positions have been filled.

Underwriting Representative

Producer/Announcer

UPDATE: WHQR announces that, as of July 19, 2013, the following position has been filled.

Brief Description:

Friends of Public Radio, Inc. seeks a full-time Underwriting Representative.

[note: an early version of this story had an incorrect address; see bottom]

When Talk of the Nation was created more than 20 years ago, during the first Gulf War, call-in talk programming was still new to public radio. The program built a large and loyal audience over its history. The TOTN staff has been NPR’s go-to team for coverage of breaking news from 9/11 to the shootings last December in Newtown, Connecticut. Stations and listeners have relied on TOTN for quality coverage, high-caliber guests and enriching conversation.

NPR's award-winning TV and radio journalist, Ira Flatow, recently visited WHQR! Last week, Flatow spoke at WHQR's sold out fundraiser luncheon at the Hilton Riverside Grand Ballroom. Thank you to all who attended and supported WHQR so generously...more pictures soon.

WHQR Turns 29 Years Old!

Apr 22, 2013
Photo by Will Clayton / via Flickr Creative Commons

On this day in 1984, the Friends of the Opera, supported by public radio lovers and volunteers, set up shop in a converted bar in a strip mall on Greenfield Street. From humble beginnings, WHQR grew into a strong community station supported by its faithful listeners. Thank you for all for your support and devotion to WHQR over these 29 amazing years! A full history of the station can be found here.

Listen to the very first sounds of WHQR in 1984:

NPR

This morning, NPR stations received word that the network has made major changes to its midday lineup. Here are the changes, starting July 1:

On January 18th, WHQR threw our First Annual Day Sponsor Celebration party at the Cameron Art Museum (thank you Cameron!). It was a great night and we tried to capture some of it on film. You might find yourself among the three hundred guests and WHQR friends who joined in the fun. Thanks to our volunteer photographer crew of Paul Reinmann, Lindsey McGrath, Beverly Pickett and Lan Nichols for these great photos. There are even MORE PHOTOS HERE!

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