Bob Workmon

Senior Producer-Program Manager & Classical Host

Bob has returned to his roots in public radio, hosting music on Classical HQR 92.7 and 102.3 every Tuesday through Thursday from 8 to noon. He continues programming HQR's weekday classical music service, and assisting in various areas of programming and operations. 

Bob began his public radio career at the University of South Florida, hosting classical music, jazz, and producing Morning Edition. From Tampa, he went on to WCBU (Bradley University) in Peoria, Illinois, then to WFDD (Wake Forest University) in Winston-Salem. Bob reported to WHQR for his first tour of duty as program director in 2006, returning as Morning Edition host in 2010. He has worked in nearly every area of public radio, from audio engineering to news.

Bob writes about the arts for Star-News Media. Since 2009 he has appeared with Opera House Theatre Company in roles including Tony in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, for which he won a Star-News Wilmington Theater Award for best actor in a musical, Bock & Harnick's She Loves Me, and as Javert in Les Miserables. Bob's is one of the voices on children's iPhone applications for Once Upon An App, and he has provided the museum narration for exhibits in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as well as science exhibits and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in North Carolina.

Bob was born in Kermit, Texas, and grew up on Isle of Hope near Savannah, Georgia. His children, Ben and Julia, are his pride and joy.

Ways to Connect

Photo by Gerard Collett

Chrisopher O'Riley has hosted NPR's showcase of young classical musicians, From the Top, for nearly 20 years. But his latest performance was in a hit off-Broadway show, Symphonie Fantastique. O'Riley's theatrical debut has launched other career aspirations, opening up an opportunity for the show's star alumni - along with some the greatest classical musicians before the public - to share the host duties.

Rest easy, friends. WHQR's locally programmed, produced and hosted classical music has been here from the station's beginning, and continues today on 91.3 HD2, 92.7, 102.3, and now 96.7! So, some of you may be wondering about the recent absence on weekday mornings of Pat Marriott, Bob Workmon and Jemila Ericson.

Dorothea Lange

President Franklin Roosevelt had profound, even heartbreaking decisions to make in the months after the Japanese attack on the United State's naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Among these was one that impacted American citizens of Japanese ancestry in ways that echo into the 21st century. 

From American Public Media, WHQR presents Order 9066, the story of our government's incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent for the duration of World War II.

WHQR will run this 3-part special over the following few weeks.

  • Wednesday, August 1st at noon -- Part 1 (repeats on Sunday at 3pm)
  • Wednesday, August 15th at noon -- Part 2 (repeats on Sunday at 2pm)
  • Thursday, August 16th at noon -- Part 3 (repeats on Sunday at 3pm)

A Composer Among Us

Jul 20, 2018

Elise Seifert is a composer, bassoonist, Wilmington native, WHQR volunteer, and so much more.

While still in high school, Elise interned for Bob Workmon, helping with the music library and building playlists before going off to study music at UNC Greensboro.

Coming soon to Classical HQR, we celebrate the CHRISTMAS in JULY and The Festival of Lights – Hanukkah!

New Hanover High School senior Abigale Hawkins met me back in February at a local coffee shop to pitch an idea. Her concept for a senior project was to arrange music from the sacred classical and hymn traditions into a piece that she would sing - and she sings very well - that would then air on Classical HQR, if it met muster. Well, it did. Abigale then came in for a brief interview about her experience and her future: 

The outer bands of Tropical Storm Irma have begun to affect travel in and around the Wilmington-Lower Cape Fear region.

Wilmington International Airport says flights to and from Atlanta, Charlotte, and cities further up the Atlantic coast have been canceled, and urges travelers to call ahead to find out if their flight has been affected.

Also, The North Carolina Department of Transportation has suspended runs of the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry until further notice.

Lucky for many kids in our area, the 2-hour delay to the schoolday hasn't been canceled! There is still a 60% chance of rain in Wilmington today, with cloudy skies tonight. High temperature today expected to hit 80 degrees; low tonight in the mid-60s. The Cyclone weather disturbance continues northerly, so if traveling north of Pender County, keep an eye on the forecast. 

Jason Hess

"We're just trying to do everything we can to make our personal and professional lives as authentic as possible." -Ben Wright

Guest Midday Interview host Bob Workmon spoke with artistic director of The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Steven Errante and Broadway star Ben Wright about Broadway Then & Now. Listen to the interview to get all of the vital details on the event. The evening will feature Ben and Amy Wright. More information available here.

When Talk of the Nation was created more than 20 years ago, during the first Gulf War, call-in talk programming was still new to public radio. The program built a large and loyal audience over its history. The TOTN staff has been NPR’s go-to team for coverage of breaking news from 9/11 to the shootings last December in Newtown, Connecticut. Stations and listeners have relied on TOTN for quality coverage, high-caliber guests and enriching conversation.

Today Bob Workmon spoke with with North Carolina author Charlie Lovett about his novel of romance and mystery, The Bookman’s Tale.  The story tells of a man haunted by memories of his dead wife, stirred from mourning by a mysterious portrait, and intrigued by a renewed debate about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. 

(this article was originally posted on 04/01/13 as an April Fool's joke)

High Quality Radio just keeps getting better and better! With recent audience polls and pledge drive feedback, WHQR has decided to reevaluate some of its musical offerings. Starting this month, I will be transitioning the bulk of music programming duties to current intern John Mortara. Though I will miss it deeply, I have been told that John has a good ear for what all the hip 20-somethings like to hear on the radio.


Starting this Sunday, 6PM-7PM, WNYC's Radiolab will be making appearance on WHQR 91.3fm and online at!

Reporters, educators and counselors gathered last week at the Rape Crisis Center as Sexual Assault Activism Month came to a close.

Very few cases of child rape or sodomy ever go to trial. And those that do, more often than not, put the victim in direct confrontation with someone who has betrayed their trust.

About one out of four girls is sexually assaulted in the United States before the age of 18, and one in six boys.

Today I talked with Barbara McKenzie about Chamber Music Wilmington, presenting the Kontras Quartet in concert.

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.

Michael Church

When local choreographer Linda Larson dreamed up her latest creation, she started with a question: What if dolls came alive at night?

Bill Thompson

The DocuTime Festival returns to UNCW Saturday. This year’s slate includes the 2011 Sundance Festival prize winner Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, the story of Kevin Clash, the man behind one of the most beloved characters on public television’s Sesame Street.

Holiday Programming 2011

Dec 16, 2011
By Petr Kratochvil - GFDL - Wikimedia Commons

Celebrate the Holidays with WHQR's great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Years' programming. Here's our schedule for December 18th through January 1st.

Bob Workmon is running through his Smooth Landings checklist: Jane Siberry, k.d. lang, Spandau Ballet (yes!), Ana Laan, Rhett Miller...check and double check. We go live at 6:30 this evening, leading off with a nod to Clair Hartman's new exhibit in WHQR's M.C. Erny Gallery, Faithful: A Series of Dog Paintings.

Formula 1

Oct 28, 2011

Looking toward next week's Cinematique showing of Senna at Thalian Hall, I'm taken back to the craziness of my teenage fascination with driving fast in fast machines. But unlike other Southern  boys I was enthralled by sports cars and European Formula One racing rather than dragsters and stock cars. My heroes were Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Jackie Stewart. My first car was a 1957 Triumph TR-3 that I found under a tarp in a neighbor's garage.  Over the years, my admiration for the athleticism, intuition and intelligence of the great drivers has never waned.