My Top Five

My Top Five is a series of WHQR staff blogs that lists some of our favorite (or least favorite) odds and ends. Topics vary from music, to local life, to history, and to whatever else might catch our attention. Keep your eye out for some interesting stuff from our staff!

The Five Best Texts I Read in 2015

Jan 8, 2016

As an English Studies graduate student with a full-time internship at a public radio station, a teaching internship, a sometimes part-time job at a comedy club, and everything else that comes along with living life, pleasure reading is not something that I am able to do often. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot (a whole lot!), but most of what I have read lately has been for academic purposes. The majority of it I like, but some of it is, to be quite frank, B-O-R-I-N-G.

My Top 5: Deathly Tales about Dead Composers

Oct 30, 2015

There's nothing better than a good story.  The history of classical music is chock full of them.  In the spirit of Halloween, I'm delighted to share with you 5 of my favorite tales related to the death (or after-life) of composers.  These range from the stubborn to the eerie to the just plain bizarre, arranged in ascending order. 

5. Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687).  We've heard the warning about not shooting ourselves in the foot.  Perhaps we should also take care not to stab ourselves in the foot.

 

Friday Feedback for September 4, 2015

Sep 4, 2015

It’s hurricane season, and that means coastal residents are alert to weather patterns developing in other parts of the world, including some Portuguese-speaking islands. But how do you pronounce V-E-R-D-E? Photographer, WHQR supporter and volunteer Paul Reinman set us straight:

Top Five Hotdogs

Aug 28, 2015

I love all things “food,” and almost everyone loves a good hotdog, so I embarked on a search for the five best hotdogs in the region. I realized early in my research that I was going to have to limit the search to Wilmington proper for now, as Carolina Beach, Burgaw, Rocky Point, and points beyond the city limits all have too many hotdog vendors for me to cover in one blog, but I will consider others in the future. I decided to stick to places that specialize mostly in hotdogs, and I tried to focus on eating local and stayed away from chain restaurants. 

My Top Five Music Beds

Aug 7, 2015

Top 5 Music Beds

When you’re driving along in your car, getting your local and national news from your public radio station, you might hear a song in the background that strikes your fancy. It may serve as a break between news stories, or it might be under an underwriting message. Before you can get out your phone to Shazam the selection, it’s gone.

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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, creative, and cool.

I often have trouble motivating myself to read recent books -- after all, there are thousands of years of world literature out there and I've only made it through the tiniest fraction! But I'll never finish all of the novels ever written, so in 2013, I am going to read at least five brand new works of fiction. I wouldn't quite call it a resolution, since those are destined to fail (and since it's already halfway through January), and because resolution implies some sort of struggle or sacrifice. These are all books I'm eagerly waiting to hit the bookstore and library shelves.

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I wanted to share a few great recipes – the most requested, every-year-on-the-table Thanksgiving favorites of my family. Most of these, my family and I have made for tens of years, but all have graced the holiday table every year since 2007 when we all found ourselves relocated to Wilmington.

It’s that most wonderful time of the year in Wilmington -- the week of the Cucalorus Film Festival. This is only the second time I’ve been around for it, but if it’s like last year’s, it will involve more films than one two-eyed human can possibly absorb, fun parties, and very high-quality people watching.

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From Thoreau’s Walking: “If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again; if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man; then you are ready for a walk.”  Amongst the various and complex themes imbedded here, the spirit of solitude in Thoreau’s lines is what moves me. I don’t literally want to leave my family and never return, but I do want to be alone every now and then… Who doesn’t?

Cleve's Top Music For The Road

Jun 18, 2012
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When our webmaster John Mortara said it was my turn to post a Top Five blog entry, I thought it would be a pretty simple matter – just come up with my favorite flavors of ice cream, or Cincinnati Reds infielders, or whatever. But no, I had to dig down deep for this one.

WHQR has a terrific art show up in the MC Erny Gallery called OUTSIDE and I started thinking about all the fantastic ways to spend time outside in Wilmington. Mostly, it is so easy to have outside family fun. My husband Frank and I have six-year-old twin daughters, Maggie and Kate, who love playing outdoors so we've found lots of easy ways to get out and have a great time for very little money. Here are my top five things to do OUTSIDE with kids.

The Blues.  Its origins are murky (okay, muddy), and it’s legacy is passed from generation to generation.  The people who play the Blues happily adopt the genre, give it a home, dress it up a little, and influence it in their own way.  While you’ve (likely) never heard of them, here are some ear-opening performers who have made the Blues their own…

Movies and music captured my heart and imagination almost simultaneously, and at an early age. Welcome to my Top Five memorable movies and the music that plays a role in making them great.

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We know it's a little early, but News Intern Sara Wood has listed her favorite Smiths songs for the most romantic time of the year.

WHQR’s  webmaster John Mortara has asked me to list some of my favorite “Soup to Nuts Live” performances of the past year, but I thought it best to just recall highlights from all eight of our 2011 musical performers.

My Top Five - Hopeless New Year's Resolutions

Jan 9, 2012
Courtesy of the intern herself, Asia Brown

Operations Intern Asia Brown shares her 5 favorite scoffable New Year's resolutions. 

My Top Five - NPR/WHQR Podcasts

Nov 14, 2011

Web Intern John Mortara shares his top five public radio podcasts from NPR and WHQR.