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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...

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Several days ago, listener Mackie wrote: I have now been in Wilmington for about 3 years and have enjoyed WHQR. In general, I enjoy the on air personalities, the local programming, and all WHQR has to offer. However, there are times I get extremely frustrated with errors, particularly during mid-day programming. I'm not sure why, but it seems the number of errors have increased as of late. By errors, I'm specifically referring to transitions between music bits/interviews/programming, etc....

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. WHQR has been lucky to catalog a prized selection of recordings by Blues women, and we've been spinning them for years. But make FSB's 1-hour set a 'ladies only' event and it takes on a completely different dimension. Saturday's selections include music...

KUOI FM

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...

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...

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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...

: L Shape Lot

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! http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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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. And yet here we are, on the brink of another full-length Avett Brothers record. Magpie and the Dandelion is due to be released on October 15th. Fans won't have to wait for the full release to sample the music...

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 day...

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...

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