Ending Saturday, October 24th, this past week’s top stories include a City Council meeting amendment and Wilmington's only state-funded detox center high risk for closing. Listen for more.   

On this episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Susan Buteau of Water + Color Gallery, a new fine art gallery in the RiverLights community.

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North Carolina’s Congressional District map has faced criticism for years.  In 2018, a federal court declared it unconstitutional and gerrymandered to favor Republican candidates.  

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North Carolina’s House District 20 has new boundaries in time for the 2020 elections.  What used to be a district that included northern New Hanover County is now a smaller area and no longer includes Kure Beach or Carolina Beach.  

NHC Students, Teachers Readjust To In-Person Classes

Oct 19, 2020

New Hanover County Schools opened for in-person classes last week. WHQR checked-in with some school personnel to see how things went.   

This week, our airwaves sounded a bit different. The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett began on Monday morning and continued through Wednesday evening.    

North Carolina Senate District 8 includes the whole of Brunswick, Bladen, and Pender Counties.  But this year, there’s another piece added to the district – a very small slice of New Hanover County’s northernmost part. 

Early Voting Starts October 15th

Oct 15, 2020
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   October 15th is the first day of one-stop early voting, which continues through October 31st. WHQR spoke with New Hanover County’s Board of Elections Director about what you need to know.   

Ending Saturday, October 8th, this past week’s top stories include the 4-1 County Commisioners vote to sell NHRMC, a 10-year contract finalized at Tuesday's City Council meeting, and an economic outlook for the Port City. Listen for more.   

Rhonda speaks with Techmoja Dance and Theater Company co-founder and artistic director Kevin Lee-Y Green who was selected for a National Dance Project grant from The New England Foundation for the Arts.

UNCW Economist Adam Jones Is Optimistic About 2021

Oct 8, 2020
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  On Thursday, October 8th, UNCW hosted its annual Economic Outlook Conference. WHQR takes a look at what forecasters are expecting for the coming year.    

North Carolina’s House District 18, redrawn for the 2020 elections, no longer includes any part of Brunswick County.  It’s now strictly a northern New Hanover County territory with more unaffiliated voters than those registered as Democrats or Republicans. 

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With the 2020 election now less than a month away, Frank Iler and Tom Simmons are the candidates for NC House District 17. But it isn’t the first time the two have faced off in the race.

The City of Wilmington has approved a ten-year contract with Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. to manage the Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake. That's the latest news from this week’s Tuesday, Oct. 7 City Council meeting.


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  New Hanover County Schools are opening for in-person classes on Monday. But as WHQR reports, parents and teachers still have questions.


Novant Health is set to become the new owner of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  At Monday night’s county commission meeting, four of the five board members voted to approve the sale of the county’s largest asset, and to create a private community foundation to manage the proceeds.

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Last week the Wilmington Fire Department hosted a series of conversations on divisiveness in the country entitled, ‘Perspective Change’. But as WHQR reports, the goal wasn’t to change anyone’s mind, but to provide space for firefighters to have an open discussion.  

North Carolina’s House District 19, redrawn for the 2020 elections, now includes a southern portion of Brunswick County – in addition to the southernmost part of New Hanover County.  It’s a district that has, for the last four-and-a-half terms, been served by Representative Ted Davis, Junior. 

Classical HQR 92.7 is proud to present the New York Philharmonic, the reference orchestra of the USA, every Tuesday evening from 8 to 10 p.m.

The first concert of the series, on Tuesday, October 6, will be led by maestro Jaap van Zweden, now in his third season as music director and conductor.

Candidate Interviews: NC House District 16

Oct 5, 2020
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  North Carolina House District 16 covers all of Pender County and the eastern portion of Columbus County. WHQR spoke with Debbi Fintak, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Carson Smith, Junior.  

Ending Saturday, October 4rd, this past week’s top stories include an extension to the census, the opening of large outdoor venues in North Carolina, and a deep dive into the final sale of NHRMC. Listen for more. 


Monday night, New Hanover County Commissioners decide the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Since Commissioners announced the potential sale more than a year ago, opponents have argued the county should not let go of its single most valuable asset or control of local healthcare.


After a federal judge ruled on Friday, October 2nd that the Census count will continue until October 31st, the Trump administration is expected to appeal. But as of now, WHQR reports Wilmington’s self-response rate still lags behind most major cities in the state.    

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Greyson Davis, who helped curate the Black Lives Do Matter public art installation in downtown Wilmington. 

With the start of Safer at Home Phase 3, Historic Thalian Hall and WHQR Public Media are pleased to announce the return of the Cinematique Film Series to the Main Stage at Historic Thalian Hall! With carefully constructed social distancing, reserved seating, enhanced service procedures, and extensive cleaning practices in place, we look forward to welcoming audiences again to enjoy the full movie experience on the big screen in beautiful Thalian Hall. Complete with concessions, wine, and local beer on tap.

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Controversy continues this week at UNCW. On Monday, the Coalition of Black Student Leaders issued a statement criticizing Chancellor Sartarelli's removal of Black Lives Matter banners on campus. 

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Pat Sykes and Bill Flythe are the District 3 candidates for the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. The two have very different perspectives, visions, and ideas.

This Friday, October 2nd, North Carolina moves into Phase 3 of its coronavirus response, and movie theaters, bars, and outdoor entertainment venues will be allowed to open at reduced capacity.

We are pleased to announce that Ben Schachtman, currently the Managing Editor of Port City Daily, will move into the newly created position of Managing Editor at WHQR, on October 15th, 2020. 

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David Robinson and Sherrill Jolly are facing off for the Board of Education seat in Brunswick County’s District 2. Both candidates are newcomers to elective office -- but, they’re no strangers to the school system they hope to serve.