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 Coastline: On the Next CoastLine:  Spring is in the air! And with the sun and rain come gardening woes and questions. We'll be digging up the answers with Tom Ericson of The Transplanted Garden and master gardener Barabara Sullivan on Wednesday, April 1 at noon.

CoastLine phone:  910.343.1138 

CoastLine comment line (leave a question or comment anytime): 910-361-COAST

Twitter: @coastlinehqr 

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


4:24 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

CoastLine: Bringing Human Trafficking out of the Shadows

This January, a jury convicted a Wilmington man of two counts of transporting young women across state lines with the intent to force them into prostitution. 

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5:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Friday Feedback for February 27, 2015

"Smooth Landing" by Elizabeth Darrow. Final reception TONIGHT, Friday 2/27, 6-9 pm.
Credit Elizabeth Darrow

Kimberly wrote last week:

I listen to WHQR at work, and usually I listen off the NPR website because it streams (as opposed to downloading the mp3 file). Within the last month, the WHQR stream from the NPR website is the WHQR classical station. In case this is a mistake, just wanted to let you guys know - otherwise, often, the mp3 file won't play consistently from the local website.

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Wednesday, March 4 at Noon
1:43 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Human Trafficking

On the next CoastLine: Human trafficking is a problem in the Cape Fear Region. Why here and what can we do to combat the issue? Joining us for an in-studio discussion will be New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon and Jessica Green from the Human Trafficking Rapid Response Team. 

We encourage comments and questions:

CoastLine Telephone: 910.343.1138

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5:33 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

CoastLine: Black History Month II - How Treatment of History Informs Current Cultural Conversation

The "Doll Test" from the video "American Denial"

It’s the last week of Black History Month in 2015.

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Wednesday, February 25 at Noon
10:49 am
Fri February 20, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Black History Month Special Part 2

On the next CoastLine: Tune in Wednesday, February 25 at noon to continue the discussion of Black History Month. Joining us in-studio:  Todd McFadden, Director of UNCW's Upperman African American Cultural Center and Jamir Jumoke, a community leader who overcame a series of obstacles to become the first college graduate in his family.

The show is a live broadcast. Listeners are invited to call, email, or tweet questions and comments during the show:

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5:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Friday Feedback for February 20, 2015

Alexa Doran, poet and WHQR/UNCW Graduate Fellow

In reference to last week’s CoastLine show on offshore drilling, Alina asked:

Where can we listen to the archived version of this if we missed it live?

For Alina and other: all of our CoastLine shows are archived, usually later on Wednesday afternoons. Each show is in three parts.


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Wedensday, February 18, 2015
3:10 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

On the Next Coastline: Black History Month Special

On the next CoastLine: Since February is Black History Month, we'll be taking a closer look at how we handle this part of our history in the 21st century.  For example, how do we handle it in the classroom? In current literature?  We'll talk with the Director of UNCW's Upperman African American Cultural Center, Todd McFadden on Wednesday, February 18 at noon

Wednesday, February 11 at Noon
12:25 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Offshore Drilling

On the next Coastline: The Obama administration just approved a draft map that could open up the North Carolina coast to offshore drilling. How soon could oil and gas exploration begin? How would it affect our economy? Our environment? Can offshore drilling and wind coexist? 

Tune in Wednesday, February 11 at noon. 

Abigail Ross Hopper, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Management will join us by phone from Washington, D.C. 

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5:48 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

CoastLine: Higher Education in the Cape Fear Region

In less than one year, the Cape Fear region has witnessed the resignations of half a dozen high-profile members of the leadership at UNCW. 

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Wednesday, February 4 at Noon
11:15 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Next CoastLine: Higher Education in Cape Fear

On the next Coastline we'll explore what's happening with Wilmington's institutions of higher education.

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