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: We ask what is happening with Wilmington's institutions of higher education - In less than eleven months, stakeholders have watched the resignations of UNCW's Chancellor, CFO, and Provost, along with multiple lower-profile exits, and the sudden departure of CFCC's President - what does this mean for the future of higher education in Cape Fear? 

Tune in Wednesday, February 4 to hear from the leadership of both institutions and have a chance to ask them questions. 

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.


1:05 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

CoastLine: Film Incentive Change Slowing 2015 Production

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state Representatives – Rick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender County – sponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate. 

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4:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Citizens demonstrating they value mass transit more than officials understand, says WMPO Chair

The entrance to Brunswick Forest in Leland, one of three Park and Ride locations slated to open within several weeks.
Carolina Plantations Real Estate

Brunswick County is likely to see the largest population surge in southeastern North Carolina over the next several decades. 

In preparation for this growth, policy makers from the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the regional transportation planning agency with representatives from New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties, are developing a modernized transportation plan to address congestion and what they're calling "enticing" options for the next generation of commuters.

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4:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

CoastLine: Modernizing Transportation in the Cape Fear

As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them. 

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4:39 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CoastLine: NHC's Special Use Permit - Environmental Gatekeeper or Economic Liability?

The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. 

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2:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

On the next CoastLine...The Role of the Special Use Permit and Economic Growth

The Special Use Permit has served as New Hanover County’s final word on which businesses can operate in the County…

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3:34 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

CoastLine: The Complicated Psychology Behind Intimate Partner Violence

Cycle of abuse
Center for Family Violence Prevention

Investigations over alleged cases of domestic violence continue to populate newscasts on a near-daily basis. 

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Listeners share their views
5:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Friday Feedback for November 7, 2014

Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk
Credit Richard Howard

The elections and the electioneering are over; the TV ads are gone, and with a little luck those pesky highway signs will soon be gone. WHQR’s news team spent hour after hour on special programming for our CoastLine talk show, including candidate forums for many events. Before we bid farewell and/or good riddance to all that, here’s a comment from listener LeeAnn:

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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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