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Friday Feedback for July 29, 2016

Jul 29, 2016

Listener Margee Herring wrote: "As you consider programming to fill aging programs (enough with Car Talk!), or retired programs (Prairie Home) or repetitive programming … , please give thought to introducing a less-than-accessible perspective. Several years ago, NPR conducted its own "voice audit" and recognized that its voices-of-color were frequently less than ethnic-sounding, and thus, began its code-switch programming in earnest. As communities re-consider our country's progress, or lack thereof, in race relations, an authentic and accessible black perspective would valuable.

Friday Feedback for July 10, 2015

Jul 10, 2015
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Several days ago, listener Mackie wrote:

WHQR's Front Street Blues has been a weekend FM mainstay for over a decade, and the Blues just keeps coming. It'll get even more interesting on Saturday, March 15 when host & producer Lan Nichols plays nothin' but the ladies of the Blues.

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Working at WHQR (my top station, if there be doubts) as the webmaster, I think a lot about radio, and what makes good radio. There are some generally agreed upon production standards that can help programs sound good or bad. There are basic problems, like that one dj who always plays with the zipper of his jacket on-air so you can't think about the weather advisory he's reading. All you hear is zzzzzzip zzzzzip zzzzzip. Beyond basic sound issues like that, though, it starts to get wishy-washy, creative, and cool.

Beginning as an acoustic duo over a decade ago, Mac & Juice now travel the countryside as a quartet (acoustic and electric), playing original music described as “a broad-spectrum, rock & roll mosaic” with a vast stylistic range. Their latest release, Step Into The Light, is a mélange of genres that runs the gamut – from Stevie Wonder to Merle Haggard, with hook-laden songwriting and elements of bluegrass, jazz and Americana throughout.  Every show is a surprise, and this episode of Soup To Nuts Live! will be no different.

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Traveling folk singer John Craigie recently released his eighth studio album, The Apocolypse is Over.  He sat down with WHQR's Jason Hess to talk about the role of the folk singer in contemporary American music culture. Listen to the radio-edit of the interview here:

Craigie also recorded two live songs while in the WHQR studios. Listen to these two exclusive tracks from WHQR Music:

The following song includes the genesis story of the song, along with a rumination on the value of living outside of the Nashville music scene:

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Alex Lanier and Eric Miller returned to the friendly confines of WHQR's MC Erny Gallery for another installment of Soup To Nuts Live! on November 7, 2013.  It was an exciting, upbeat session featuring one of our region's favorite acoustic duos, L Shape Lot.

The full live recording of this show airs on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 22, 23) at 9pm on WHQR 91.3FM. Don't miss it!

Check out this clip from the show - and listen to the broadcast of STNL! this weekend on WHQR!

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It hasn't been 11 full months since the Avett Brothers relaeased The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. Given the length touring cycle that each major release generally spawns, fans had no reason to expect new music this year. 

Farewell, Soapbox

Jul 3, 2013

Wilmington's music scene suffered a tremendous blow when news broke that the Soapbox would be closing its doors in late July.  The loss won't really be felt until it's gone.  But already the news is causing heartache throughout the creative community.  Sure, there are other venues.  Nice ones, too.  But the Soapbox is the center of it all.  It's almost a symbol of Wilmington itself.  It's a large part of the character of downtown.  John Staton of the Star News rightfully said "It's not quite the

Singer-songwriter David Dondero has long been a favorite of mine.  He has a live show that's completely unlike anything I've ever seen.  The shows are always special, whether it's before a big crowd, or as is too often the case, a small gathering.  However big the audience, though, it's held completely captivated from the moment Dave plays his first note.  In his music and in person, he's completely unafraid to speak his mind.  It's what makes him who he is, and frankly, it's what sets him apart from many, many musicians out th

(this article was originally posted on 04/01/13 as an April Fool's joke)

High Quality Radio just keeps getting better and better! With recent audience polls and pledge drive feedback, WHQR has decided to reevaluate some of its musical offerings. Starting this month, I will be transitioning the bulk of music programming duties to current intern John Mortara. Though I will miss it deeply, I have been told that John has a good ear for what all the hip 20-somethings like to hear on the radio.
 

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Stimmel shared his music with us at Soup To Nuts Live! on Feb. 28, 2013. Guest musician Les Britt provided a wonderfully subtle backdrop of electric guitar and vocal harmonies that made this STNL! a night to remember.  WHQR thanks Brent & Les for their great performance and being a part of what we do at 91.3fm.

Local flamenco guitarist William "Paco" Strickland passed away Monday afternoon.  He had been battling cancer for the better part of 5 years.  Having been the host of Flamenco Cafe, a program carried on WHQR for more than 15 years, Paco was part of the WHQR family and a great friend to all who were lucky enough to know him.  Four years ago today, Paco performed on the program Soup to Nuts Live in the WHQR gallery.  In remembrance of Paco, we have a clip from that performance in which George Scheibner asks Paco about his cancer and how it was impacting his life at the time.  Additionally, I

Marina De Ratmiroff, professor in UNCW’s Music Department, told us about some of the fall concerts coming up, almost all of which cost only $5 or are free. Details can be found at  UNCW.edu/music

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.

 

The late string quartets of Beethoven performed in completion by the Cypress String Quartet is enchanting. The Cypress String Quartet formed in 1996 and is comprised of Cecily Ward violin, Tom Stone violin, Ethan Filner viola, and Jennifer Kloetzel cello. 

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Duo Landon performs Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos for 2 violins with great talent and clear interpretation. Duo Landon is a collaborative effort between two Icelandic violinist, Hílf Sigurjónsdóttir and Hjörleifur Valsson. 

Love Raise Your Voice is a collaborative album of contemporary compositions for Soprano, Violin and Piano. The chamber ensemble consists of soprano, Christine Howlett, violinist Patrick Wood Uribe and pianist Holly Chatham.  The album’s titled track “Love Raise Your Voice” composed by Tarik O’Regan is a highly charged piece with a bouncing melodic line and playful accompanying lines articulating the great joys of love...

Friday Feedback for October 28, 2011

Oct 28, 2011
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Last week we gave you a sample of some comments made by members who joined WHQR during our Fall fund drive that. Now it’s the turn of some of our renewing members.

Friday Feedback for October 21, 2011

Oct 21, 2011
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The Friday after a fund drive is always a good source of material for Friday Feedback, and we had a bumper crop this time, with comments from over 800 listener-members. Of course we’re very happy that the drive went over its goal by the stated end last Tuesday, and especially happy that we had pledges from 295 new members. So we decided to limit today’s selections to new members only, to see what the tipping point is that converts a listener into a member.