Inside WHQR

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

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. 

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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:

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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!

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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:

WHQR / Lan Nichols

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. 

 

 

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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.

Building an Oyster Reef

Nov 21, 2011

The North Carolina Coastal Federation spearheaded an important event on Saturday, November 19, bringing together WHQR staff & board members, General Electric employees, along with local high school and college students, for the building of an oyster reef at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve on Stump Sound, near Holly Ridge, NC.

Saturday November 19th was a beautiful day on Stump Sound in Onslow County. Over 100 volunteers from WHQR, UNCW students, GE Volunteers and others gathered under the auspices of the North Carolina Coastal Federation to build an oyster reef. A long line snaked from the mainland to the sound, ferrying hundreds of bags of marl (marine limestone) as the base, and later bags of oyster shells to make up the reef itself.

Saturdays at 6 pm, repeated Sundays at 11 am.

My Top Five - NPR/WHQR Podcasts

Nov 14, 2011

Web Intern John Mortara shares his top five public radio podcasts from NPR and WHQR.

Once again, workers will be climbing the tower housing our signal today to make changes to TV equipment there. While they are on the tower, we will be reducing power to protect them. Some listeners may experience signal problems, and our HD signal will not be operational. Thank you again for your patience.

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Update Wednesday afternoon, November 2nd:

We were able to restore all functionality early this afternoon. Thanks to Operations Manager George Scheibner and a very special SA-lute to Jobie Sprinkle, Chief Engineer of WFAE in Charlotte, who took the day off to drive down here and make needed repairs. Both our FM and HD signals should be back on track now.

NPR Digital Services

The new WHQR website is now live! Please take a look and let us know what you think. This has been a gradual process of rolling out, so it's possible you may not see the changes immediately. Try holding down your Shift key and refresh your browser to get the very latest version.

WHQR web intern John Mortara deserves tremendous thanks for the planning and work he put into this work.

Formula 1

Oct 28, 2011

Looking toward next week's Cinematique showing of Senna at Thalian Hall, I'm taken back to the craziness of my teenage fascination with driving fast in fast machines. But unlike other Southern  boys I was enthralled by sports cars and European Formula One racing rather than dragsters and stock cars. My heroes were Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Jackie Stewart. My first car was a 1957 Triumph TR-3 that I found under a tarp in a neighbor's garage.  Over the years, my admiration for the athleticism, intuition and intelligence of the great drivers has never waned.

Board members Rob Zapple and Barbara Sullivan discuss the future of WHQR

Jemila Ericson interviews. Also contributing were George Scheibner and Catherine Welch.

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