Inside WHQR

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

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Top Five Hotdogs

Aug 28, 2015

I love all things “food,” and almost everyone loves a good hotdog, so I embarked on a search for the five best hotdogs in the region. I realized early in my research that I was going to have to limit the search to Wilmington proper for now, as Carolina Beach, Burgaw , Rocky Point, and points beyond the city limits all have too many hotdog vendors for me to cover in one blog, but I will consider others in the future. I decided to stick to places that specialize mostly in hotdogs, and I tried...

This '93 Toyota Corolla has a long history with WHQR. It was once owned by our very own Jemila Ericson , former Classical Music and Midday Interview host, and her mother before that. About ten years ago, Jemila sold this beauty to Bill DiNome , a long-time WHQR supporter and a former member of WHQR's Community Advisory Board, for exactly $1 . Now, Bill has donated this time-honored car to WHQR's vehicle donation program. Thank you, Bill! https://youtu.be/FzGwmiAnS0U Do you have a car, truck,...

Top 5 Music Beds When you’re driving along in your car, getting your local and national news from your public radio station, you might hear a song in the background that strikes your fancy. It may serve as a break between news stories, or it might be under an underwriting message. Before you can get out your phone to Shazam the selection, it’s gone. These brief musical interludes are called “music beds.” And I take great pride and joy in selecting mine when hosting WHQR’s Saturday Weekend...

As listeners know, our first-ever Summer Stealth Drive was a success. It went over its goal 11 hours early on Monday July 27th, thus eliminating the usual summer 3- or 4-day marathon. Going past the goal is a great boost for the station as we begin our 2015-16 Fiscal Year. For those who want to dive a little deeper, we have some some questions and answers. But first, a couple of definitions: Stealth drive : three weeks of short messages aired during natural program breaks; new on WHQR in...

We did it! Your donations made it all possible! The Summer Stealth Drive was a huge success! Thanks to all of your generous donations we've raised $71,145 and there will be NO program interruptions! We have officially canceled the tradition on air pledge drive that was set to take place on Tuesday, July 28. We are so excited that we are able to have a summer free of program interruptions. Enjoy all of the great delights of summer with your WHQR soundtrack. We made history together! Thank you...

Listener Beth wrote: Thank you for doing the no interruption fund raising . It made me want to donate again. Listener RA agreed, but added, Just don’t spend days telling us how you are not going to interrupt programming! That’s our hope, RA, but it depends on how the pledges come in – when we hit the goal, we’ll stop. Thanks for writing. Listener Helen wrote: I really dislike the new format. I have to change my radio back and forth all day long to get the news. I actively dislike most of the...

WHQR's repeater for HQR News in Myrtle Beach, 98.9 FM, is back on the air following repairs made by engineer Jobie Sprinkle, with George Scheibner assisting. The signal had been off the air for approximately 2 weeks after apparently being struck by lightning. Listeners in the area between Myrtle Beach proper and North Myrtle Beach can experiment to see if our main signal at 91.3 or the repeater at 98.9 is the stronger. We appreciate your patience, and thank you for the calls and inquiries...

Here at WHQR, our Summer Drive is sounding very different – that’s because it is the Summer Stealth Drive and it ’s going on right now! This year we’re trying something completely different. We’re trying to meet our summer goal of $70,000 without interrupting programing. It seems like a crazy idea, but your donation will make it possible . Why are we doing this? Because we love the programming, just like you do and we want to be able to bring it to you in its entirety, without interruptions!...

Yesterday, Saturday June 13, 2015, Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner made the final steps to improving 91.3's HD signal. Now, listeners with HD radios will receive both HQR News (HD1) and Classical HQR (HD2) throughout most of the 91.3 listening area. Correct orientation and location, plus an external antenna, may still be necessary. IMPORTANT : this does NOT affect the 96.7 FM signal. To receive the HD2 all-classical channel, you must have an HD radio tuned to...

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