Inside WHQR

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

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. 

KUOI FM

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! 

Position Announcement: Producer/Host (Morning Edition)

Dec 30, 2013

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street Interview: Marrio

Dec 25, 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: Radha and Rudy

Dec 24, 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.

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
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.

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

Street Interview: Ana Cristina

Dec 22, 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.

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
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.

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."

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Issues With Web Stream

Dec 2, 2013

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.

Signal Problems Resolved

Oct 26, 2013

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." 

What will the departure of NPR's president mean?

Aug 20, 2013

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.

Underwriting and Producer/Announcer positions filled

Jul 22, 2013

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

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