Inside WHQR

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

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

Positions in Underwriting and On-air Filled

Jun 27, 2013

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

Underwriting Representative

Producer/Announcer

Position Announcement: Underwriting Representative

Jun 26, 2013

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 announces changes to midday lineup

Mar 29, 2013
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!

NPR trial reporter has Wilmington, WHQR roots

Jan 16, 2013

If the NPR voice you hear covering the Aurora, Colorado trial of James Holmes sounds familiar, there's a good reason. The reporter is Megan Verlee, a/k/a Megan Williams of Wilmington, who won six regional Edward R. Murrow awards as a reporter for WHQR and now reports for Colorado Public Radio.

NPR

Starting this Sunday, 6PM-7PM, WNYC's Radiolab will be making appearance on WHQR 91.3fm and online at WHQR.org!

Thank you for a successful End-of-Year Drive!

Dec 13, 2012

Thank you so very much to the 472 supporters that called and went online to help the station raise $27,125 AND send over TWO TONS of food to Good Shepherd Center.

Whole Foods Market in Wilmington: Hope you have a big truck!

Much thanks to our volunteers, Merritt and Mindy Blalock, Sugar on Front Street, Fat Tony's Italian Pub, and Jimmy John's as well!

It’s that most wonderful time of the year in Wilmington -- the week of the Cucalorus Film Festival. This is only the second time I’ve been around for it, but if it’s like last year’s, it will involve more films than one two-eyed human can possibly absorb, fun parties, and very high-quality people watching.

WHQR Adds "Ask Me Another" To The Sunday Lineup

Aug 20, 2012

WHQR's continues its exploration of innovative programs from NPR and other producers with the debut of Ask Me Another!

Ask Me Another is a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

Where's George?

Aug 20, 2012

Longtime WHQR stalwart George Scheibner has been ill since early July. It took a while to diagnose what's wrong, but he's on the mend. He's recuperating at home but has been cleared by his doctor to return on a limited basis soon. Thanks to everyone sending best wishes!

My Top Five ways to get your kids into Classical Music

Aug 13, 2012
Steven Errante, WYSO

Wish your kids loved classical music as much as you do?

As a youngster, I had some great opportunities that transformed me into the classical music lover I am today.  I think that I was interested in classical music from a young age because I was able to interact and engage with it in a way that was fun.

Movies

WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is currently accepting submissions from artists for the next ten shows in the WHQR Gallery that will run from November 2014 through early 2016. Artwork must be two dimensional and able to hang on a wall. 

www.baldheadisland.com

From Thoreau’s Walking: “If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again; if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man; then you are ready for a walk.”  Amongst the various and complex themes imbedded here, the spirit of solitude in Thoreau’s lines is what moves me. I don’t literally want to leave my family and never return, but I do want to be alone every now and then… Who doesn’t?

Lightning strikes WHQR

Jul 25, 2012
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Updated Saturday evening 7/28: Our all-classical HD2 signal, on HD and online, is now back in service. Thank you for your patience.

Our studios at 254 North Front Street in Wilmington were struck by lightning Tuesday night. There was some damage to the building itself. In our studios, many of the computers were knocked off, but most control rooms were not seriously damaged. Our new control room is only partially operational, however.

End of the Summer 2012 Pledge Drive Survey

Jul 18, 2012

**We’ll be evaluating the lessons to be learned and figuring out what changes we need to make as we go forward. You can help us by filling out a short survey.

Our summer 2012 pledge drive ended as promised Wednesday night. I’m very grateful to the outstanding WHQR staff, dedicated volunteers, and hundreds of listeners who made new or renewing pledges during the drive.

All together, 642 listeners pledged by mail, the web, and phone, with a total of $50,949 raised to support the station! Our partnership with the NC Coastal Land Trust and the North Carolina Division of the Society of American Foresters means that 402 long-leaf pine seedlings will be planted at Everett Creek Preserve in Onslow County.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to cut down on the number of fundraising days per year, this drive fell short of the $66,000 goal.

We know that the audience in Wilmington has been incredibly generous and supportive of our public service mission. We believe they share with us the desire to raise enough money to keep WHQR strong and healthy, while still keeping fundraising days to a minimum. If you missed the drive, you can still make a pledge here.

Thanks again to everyone who supported the drive.

WHQR's three-day drive ends today, July 18. HELP make WHQR stronger. 

TODAY is Your Last Chance to:

*Plant a Seed for the Future with the Coastal Land Trust and Society of American Foresters

*Enter the Bald Head Island Vacation Giveaway

*Get the great prizes and gifts in this drive

For every pledge to WHQR,  North Carolina Coastal Land Trust will plant a long leaf pine seedling at its Everett Creek Nature Preserve in Onslow County, thanks to a generous donation from the NC Division of the Society of American Foresters. Your pledge right now to WHQR will really make a difference, and you will help us preserve the beautiful beaches, parks , and forests of our area.  

With your pledge you will also be automatically entered into our SWEEPSTAKES for a 7-Night Stay at the Marsh Harbour Inn

WHQR: now serving Myrtle Beach at 98.9

Jul 9, 2012

After many years of planning, WHQR has now officially signed on its new Myrtle Beach transmitter. The new signal at 98.9 FM will rebroadcast WHQR's main FM channel.

WHQR at low power Sunday

Jul 7, 2012

WHQR will operate at reduced power for part of Sunday afternoon July 8th. Engineer Jobie Sprinkle and Operations Manager George Scheibner will be replacing the main power tube for our transmitter. This is routine maintenance that happens about once a year. Our FM signal will be reduced for a time and neither HD1 (main channel) and HD2 (all-classical) will be available during the process. However, both will continue to be streamed (see the buttons at the upper left of this page). Thank you for your patience.

Friends of Public Radio Annual Meeting

Jul 5, 2012

WHQR invites you to the Friends of Public Radio 2012 annual meeting. Hear the highlights from last year, meet new board members and staff, and join us for refreshments. The annual meeting is July 19th at 6 pm in WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery.

Email us at whqr@whqr.org or message us on Facebook to RSVP.

Summer Sweepstakes

Jun 28, 2012
www.baldheadisland.com

We are running a fantastic sweepstakes this summer! Pledge now and you could win this great getaway:

 

A Seven-night Stay at the Marsh Harbour Inn on Bald Head Island!

Cleve's Top Music For The Road

Jun 18, 2012
Wikimedia Commons

When our webmaster John Mortara said it was my turn to post a Top Five blog entry, I thought it would be a pretty simple matter – just come up with my favorite flavors of ice cream, or Cincinnati Reds infielders, or whatever. But no, I had to dig down deep for this one.

Every now and then you may hear a WHQR announcer say "This CD was part of a major donation by Lee Fetner and Jeff Wingfield."  Major, indeed!  Lee and Jeff recently donated their entire collection of about 1350 classical CDs to the station.  This is not only a huge addition to our 7000-CD classical library, it’s the biggest single donation of CDs to WHQR of all time.

WHQR has a terrific art show up in the MC Erny Gallery called OUTSIDE and I started thinking about all the fantastic ways to spend time outside in Wilmington. Mostly, it is so easy to have outside family fun. My husband Frank and I have six-year-old twin daughters, Maggie and Kate, who love playing outdoors so we've found lots of easy ways to get out and have a great time for very little money. Here are my top five things to do OUTSIDE with kids.

A Day in the Life of a Graduate Intern at WHQR

May 15, 2012

I'm Laura, a Graduate student at UNCW, and working at WHQR is one of the coolest jobs I've ever had. Join me for "A Day in the Life of a Graduate Intern at WHQR" and meet some of the people who keep this community licensed Public Radio station on the air—from Barbara Bush in Finance to George Scheibner behind the microphone and many more! We work hard here but it's a great place because we love what we do!

Recap: Andrea Seabrook Fundraiser Luncheon

May 11, 2012
Lan Nichols

It was an absolute pleasure to have Andrea Seabrook visit WHQR this past week. A fantastic lunch was held at the Hilton Riverside and some excellent questions were asked! A special thank you to all who made this event possible and helped support quality public radio in the area. Feel free to check out the photo gallery attached to this post, and even more photos can be found here.

 

Photos by Lan Nichols.

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