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: Listen for a discussion about holiday food. We've invited a couple of local chefs to offer their creative ideas on holiday dishes. Share some of your favorites or ask a  question about some of your culinary challenges.


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 

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.


2:31 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

CoastLine: Election Epilogue 2014

Republicans effectively walloped Democrats in these mid-term elections – sweeping into power with a majority in both Chambers on Capitol Hill.

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1:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

CoastLine: New Hanover County Board of Education Candidate Forum (with audio)

upper left to right: Janice Cavenaugh (R), Tom Gale (D), Ed Higgins (R), Don Hayes (R); from lower left to right: Chris Meek (D), Emma Saunders (D), Bruce Shell (R)

On October 27, 2014, WHQR and WWAY Newschannel 3 partnered to produce a Candidate Forum featuring the race for the four open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Education.  

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11:35 am
Mon October 20, 2014

CoastLine: NC 7th Congressional District Candidate Forum

Two Candidates for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District: (Left) Jonathan Barfield (D-New Hanover County); (Right) Wesley Casteen (L-New Hanover County)

This candidate forum featuring two of three candidates for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District aired live October 13, 2014.  

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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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Listeners share their views
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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