CoastLine​, a call-in, variety news show airs Wednesdays from 12pm - 1pm on WHQR.

Every week, we’ll look into issues that matter in the Cape Fear Region. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn will interview expert guests and invite you to join the conversation.

Tell us what topics you would like discussed on CoastLine. Email thoughts and suggestions to  

On the next show: A Reporters Roundtable. Journalists from WECT and the Star News join Rachel to discuss the recent General Assembly session and how the budget and legislation that was passed might affect southeastern North Carolina. 12 pm on Wednesday, September 24. 

Because the show is a live broadcast, listeners are invited to call, email, or Tweet questions and comments during the show:

CoastLine phone:  910.343.1138 
Twitter: @coastlinehqr 

CoastLine is produced by Ken Campbell and hosted by Rachel Lewis Hilburn.


3:38 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

NHC Commission Candidates on the Special Use Permit

Candidates for New Hanover County's Board of Commissionersleft to right: Derrick Hickey (R), Patricia Spear (D), Skip Watkins (R), Rob Zapple (D)

Four candidates competing for two seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners met Monday night in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery to distinguish themselves from their opponents. 

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3:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

CoastLine: NC House District 20 Candidate Forum

Republican Representative Rick Catlin (left); Democratic Challenger Betsy Jordan (right)

At a Candidate Forum in WHQR’s M.C. Erny Gallery Monday night, a partnership of HQR News and WWAY Newschannel 3, Republican Incumbent Rick Catlin and Democratic Challenger Betsy Jordan told voters that they both value public education, the environment, and the film industry. 

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5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Friday Feedback for September 19, 2014

Mayor Bill Saffo and County Commission Chair Woody White flip the switch!
Credit Paul Reinmann

Of course this was the week we signed on our new Classical HQR signal at 96.7fm, and made significant additions to the lineup on HQR News at 91.3fm. If you listened to CoastLine on Wednesday, you know that we received many comments about the changes, generally in 3 camps:

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6:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Interview: NHC Commission Chair Woody White on School Bond -- Part Two

One new public elementary school is going up near Porters Neck in northern New Hanover County. 

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6:24 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

CoastLine: New Hanover County School Bond and the Potential Tax Impact

How will a $160 million general obligation bond issue impact the New Hanover County Public School System, and what impact would its passage have on property owners?    

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4:16 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Interview: County Commission Chair Woody White on his Opposition to the NHC School Bond

New Hanover County voters will decide in November whether to approve a $160 million school bond. 

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6:27 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

CoastLine: Police Force -- Finding the Balance Between Safe Communities and Citizens' Rights

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sparked questions nationwide over the use of excessive force.

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Midday Interviews - 9/2/14
3:12 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Midday Interview: Susan Silver on Aging in Place Downtown

From Left: Susan Silver and Jemila Ericson
Alexa Doran

Susan Silver introduces us to Aging in Place Downtown, A Model Project in Wilmington, NC. Learn more about this project by visiting If you would like to attend their next event on September 16 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the downtown library call 910.805.4663. 

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1:51 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Housing First Model More Effective at Ending Chronic Homelessness

The Cape Fear region is now six years into the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. 

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5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Friday Feedback for August 15, 2014

Give CoastLine a call! 910-343-1138.

Ronald Cohen wrote:

I fail to understand why scarce resources are expended on a call-in show that is delayed broadcast and whose topicality is stale by the time it is aired. [Tuesday’s Diane Rehm] broadcast was about Iraq and the Maliki crisis, some of which had become out dated by 3 PM.

Mr. Cohen has identified a problem that does concern us. In the next few weeks you’ll be hearing more about our response to this concern. Stay tuned.

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