Inside WHQR

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

Summer Sweepstakes

Jun 28, 2012
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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
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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
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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.

WHQR wins AP awards for news coverage

Apr 29, 2012

Winners in the 2011 North Carolina Associated Press radio and television contest were announced Saturday. WHQR's news team won 8 awards and 5 honorable mentions. Congratulations to a great news team!

The Blues.  Its origins are murky (okay, muddy), and it’s legacy is passed from generation to generation.  The people who play the Blues happily adopt the genre, give it a home, dress it up a little, and influence it in their own way.  While you’ve (likely) never heard of them, here are some ear-opening performers who have made the Blues their own…

Farewell and thanks to Michelle Bliss

Apr 12, 2012

All of us here at WHQR know how much we will miss Michelle Bliss, whose last day at the station was Thursday, April 12th. Michelle, who is a graduate of the UNCW Master’s program in Creative Writing, will be working with a literary agent on a book project. Rachel Lewis Hilburn will be our interim news director while we search for a permanent replacement. (More)

WHQR Seeking News Director - 2012

Apr 12, 2012

Position Vacancy: News Director

The News Director of WHQR Public Radio is head of the News Department and will supervise the station’s news coverage in all aspects of media. Together with the Program Manager and Station Manager, the News Director will determine News Department policy in light of the station’s overall mission, and ensure that news offerings reflect the highest standards of audio production, journalistic ethics and public service using NPR’s best practices as a model.

Congratulations to Our iPad Winners!

Apr 3, 2012

Donna Boylan visited the station today with her son Chad and grandson Caleb. Pictured above, Mary Bradley hands the winners their prize in WHQR's music library.

Congratulations!

 

Pledge now and you could win one of these three AMAZING giveaways! Two vacations and one high-tech prize!

With your donation you are entered to win an iPad2!
AND ONE OF THESE VACATIONS:

 

A Peaceful Memorial Day Weekend on Bald Head Island

This new jellyfish-themed design will be featured on our coffee mugs and t-shirts! Grab one by pledging during our  Spring Drive!

We Made It!

Mar 21, 2012

Thank you WHQR supporters! At 3:14 pm Tuesday we reached our goal of $180,000! You all help make Public Radio possible in this wonderful community. We have returned to our regularly scheduled programming!

Our Spring 2012 drive runs March 21 - 27. We have two excellent vacation giveaways to the Umstead Hotel and Bald Head Island.

We still really need your help - PLEASE volunteer as a phone operator for the pledge drive, click here.

You Could Win An iPad2!

Mar 5, 2012

When you make your gift to WHQR through 7:00pm TONIGHT, you are automatically entered to win a 16GB iPad2 with Wi-Fi!

Support quality public radio and enter to win an iPad2 right now!

Anyone who pledges by mail, phone (910-343-1640), or online before 7:00pm tonight is entered!
 

Pledge Drive Sweepstakes Rules:

WHQR fundraising: effectiveness and efficiency

Mar 5, 2012

Recently we received some good news from a national benchmarking study: WHQR is one of the leading stations in the country in both effectiveness and efficiency of fundraising. A couple of charts illustrating these trends are worth at least a thousand words each:

Movies and music captured my heart and imagination almost simultaneously, and at an early age. Welcome to my Top Five memorable movies and the music that plays a role in making them great.

HD2 channel temporarily out

Feb 26, 2012

WHQR's HD2 stream (all-classical) dropped out at 10:00 am Sunday morning. We are working on a re-boot. Thanks for your patience.

This Saturday's Metropolitan Opera live broadcast of Wagner's Gotterdamerung will begin at noon, an hour earlier than usual. As a result our regular broadcast of This American Life and portions of All Things Considered will be pre-empted. TAL fans, please tune in to our encore presentation on Friday, Feb. 17th at 7:00pm on 91.3. Thank you!

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We know it's a little early, but News Intern Sara Wood has listed her favorite Smiths songs for the most romantic time of the year.

WHQR’s  webmaster John Mortara has asked me to list some of my favorite “Soup to Nuts Live” performances of the past year, but I thought it best to just recall highlights from all eight of our 2011 musical performers.

My Top Five - Hopeless New Year's Resolutions

Jan 9, 2012
Courtesy of the intern herself, Asia Brown

Operations Intern Asia Brown shares her 5 favorite scoffable New Year's resolutions. 

New year, new programs on WHQR

Jan 1, 2012
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The Times, or at least some shows, they are a changin’ –

WHQR’s program line-up has remained relatively stable for years. Yet change comes to all things and we’re tweaking a few hours in our schedule to meet our primary goal of serving you the finest public radio has to offer while remaining good stewards of your financial contributions. With that in mind, we present some new programs to enjoy as we begin 2012:

Time is running out for your year-end gift to WHQR

Dec 30, 2011
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Dear WHQR Listener,

As the year comes to a close, it's a tradition to both look back and anticipate what lies ahead.

2011 has been a year of significant progress. We've made some important additions to staff: Michelle Bliss as News Director, and the return of both Bob Workmon and Rachel Lewis Hilburn. We also received a very positive audit, for the first time in years. I'm very glad that we have reduced the number of fundraising days from 26 to 17, at the same time increasing our membership income. We also continue to work on bringing you the best programming possible.

The 2011 WHQR Survey

Dec 15, 2011
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At WHQR, we value your opinions. Help us by filling out our simple listener survey. Our Smooth Landings Guest DJ Spot has been won, but you can still help us out. The deadline is January 31st.

Thank you!

Thank you for your support of WHQR in our 1-day drive!

At 7 pm on Thursday, December 8th, WHQR's end-of-year drive had received almost $20,500 in pledges -- well over the goal of $18,000. Over 330 standard pieces of 2x4, one for each pledge made, will be donated by Pro Build of Wilmington to help our partner, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. That is enough lumber to build a whole house! These will be used by Habitat for its Blitz Build in the spring, when 5 houses will be built in one week.

Watch your email next Tuesday when we'll announce the winner of our drawing for an Apple iPad2. We're very grateful to the many listeners who renewed their support, joined the station for the first time, or made an additional gift. Every gift is important and appreciated!

It's not too late to make your end-of-year gift. If you received a letter from us, simply return the form to us, or pledge online at any time.

Thank you for your support!

Win-Win with the IRA Charitable Rollover!

Dec 5, 2011
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Dear Friend of WHQR:

Good news! You can still take advantage of the Charitable IRA Rollover before it expires on December 31st. This special giving opportunity offers attractive benefits to you and will help support the good work of WHQR.
Here’s how it works:

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The arm of a crane placing bulkheads on the construction site of the Marriott Courtyard hotel bends under the stress, forcing nearby office buildings to evacuate. Onlookers gathered along Grace Street in downtown Wilmington to watch as crews worked to resolve the situation. 

 

 

Update: Bent crane causes disruption in WHQR schedule

Nov 29, 2011
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Update: Attempts to remove the damaged crane described below caused a mandatory evacuation of buildings in the 200 block of North Front Street, including the WHQR studios. For about 3 hours Tuesday afternoon we operated on a computerized schedule.

Work has been proceeding on the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, which is going up on Grace Street in Wilmington (right behind our building). For the last couple of days workers have been driving iron pilings into the ground, which has given our building a severe case of the jitters all day long. But not right now.

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