Inside WHQR

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

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We have been getting quite a few comments from listeners concerning signal issues during recent broadcasts of Morning Edition. What listeners are hearing is the natural phenomenon of "tropospheric ducting." While tropospheric propagation can do some really cool stuff to radio signals (like bounce them from very, very far away), it mostly just mixes distant signals broadcasting at the same frequency. That's no fun and can result in lot of static or just bad noise. 

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Update: Click the above photo for a short slideshow. For a full album of pictures, visit the full Great American Songbook Photo Album on Facebook! 

The Great American Songbook Live last Saturday night was a great success!

Thursday, June 12, 2014:

Friends of Public Radio, Inc., licensee of WHQR Public Radio, announced today an agreement to purchase the station's office and broadcast facilities at 254 North Front Street from Hexagon Holdings, Inc.

Prologue Recap: "Hunting Che" by Kevin Maurer

Jun 5, 2014
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New York Times Bestselling nonfiction author Kevin Maurer joined us in May to speak about his most recent book, Hunting Che, about a U.S. Special Forces mission that lead to the capture of Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia. He spoke about his writing process, and what it's like to make a small factual error in a book:

WHQR Membership Phone Calls

Jun 4, 2014
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WHQR is currently in the middle of a lapsed member fiscal year end campaign. We are calling some of our lapsed members to ask them to rejoin the station. We want our members to be aware that these are legitimate calls.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary at 910-343-1640 or mbradley@whqr.org.

As always, WHQR loves to hear from you, so send us an email or give Mary a call if you are need more information or are interested in renewing your membership.

WHQR's Spring 2014 Survey is now complete. Thanks to all who responded, either online or by filling out a paper form. We received a healthy total of responses -- 464. Along with audience research, fundraising results, correspondence and general feedback of all kinds, surveys like this can help us determine how well we are meeting the needs of our audience(s).

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As of 1:00 pm, we are back on full power out at the transmitter site! Our very dedicated George Scheibner jumped in the 'HQR-mobile and drove out to the transmitter site, moved us to backup power, and got the scoop on what happened. A logging crew was removing a dead tree and the tree came down on the power line leading to our transmitter site! Not a Smooth Landing at all!

George snapped a few cell-phone pictures for us to take in the scene:

 

Update Thursday 9: 54 am:

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As of Thursday 5/1, our HD signals (both HD1 and all-classical HD2) are back on the air, as are their companion web streams. We are working on upgrades to these systems that we expect to provide more stability.

Thank you for your patience while we work on the problems.

WHQR went on the air on April 22nd, 1984. The first sound the station played? A newborn baby's cry.

  Front Street Blues explores many of the classic artists of the 20th century, but we also feature Blues tunes by talented local musicians. Past installments of FSB have included studio and live cuts by Spidermike Bochey, Charlie & Rose Lucas, Michele & The Midnight Blues, Mojo Collins, Tommy B. & The Stingers, Rick Tobey, and quite a few more.

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