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WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Awards - WHQR - Reporter of the Year

Jul 15, 2020

Vince Winkel joined the WHQR news team in February, 2017. He had previously been covering business and economics for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

Vince began his career in public broadcasting with Monitor Radio in 1985.

During his previous time in public radio he also was a contributor to Living on Earth, SoundPrint, Only a Game, NPR, Southern California Public Radio, Marketplace and the BBC.

During an eight year break from radio, Vince was media director for BMW Motorcycles, managing their publications and digital media.

Vince Winkel

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has been put up for sale. The county-owned hospital system, approved by voters in the early 1960s and opened in 1967, is doing well.   So well, in fact, that last year, NHRMC posted a nearly-$80 million increase in its net position.  The year before that, it finished with a $98 million surplus – that’s revenues over expenditures -- essentially the profit – folded back into NHRMC.   

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It’s been a very busy year in the Cape Fear Region, and for WHQR Public Media.

This 18-minute audio compilation highlights the COVID-19 news coverage of WHQR from early March through June 30.

WHQR News is Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Katelyn Freund, Hannah Breisinger, Rachel Keith and Vince Winkel. Doc Jarden is acting News Director.

AWARDS - Outstanding News Operation - WHQR

Jul 13, 2020

It’s been a very busy year in the Cape Fear Region, and for WHQR Public Media.

This 20-minute audio compilation highlights the news coverage of WHQR.

WHQR News is Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Katelyn Freund, Hannah Breisinger, Rachel Keith and Vince Winkel. Doc Jarden is acting News Director.

PART 1. The Cape Fear Region is the fastest growing section in North Carolina. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. Pender County is 933 square miles stretching from the Atlantic coast inland towards Wallace, Atkinson and Ivanhoe. In Part One of our series on growth in the region, WHQR's Vince Winkel goes to Pender County.

 

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You don’t have to drive far in Pender County to find construction. Houses, apartments, businesses, industry and coastal vacation homes. There is a lot of building.

Vince Winkel

PART 1. The Cape Fear Region is the fastest growing section in North Carolina. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. Pender County is 933 square miles stretching from the Atlantic coast inland towards Wallace, Atkinson and Ivanhoe. In Part One of our series on growth in the region, WHQR's Vince Winkel goes to Pender County.

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You don’t have to drive far in Pender County to find construction. Houses, apartments, businesses, industry and coastal vacation homes. There is a lot of building.

AWARD ENTRY - ENTERTAINMENT - WHQR'S BOTTEGA LIVE

Jul 10, 2020

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

Bottega Live is an hour-long local music program airing every Fourth Friday from 8 to 9 pm. The program features local musicians, and special guests, recorded live at the Bottega Art and Wine Bar, 723 N. 4 th Street in Wilmington.

The program is the brainchild of Bottega owner and program host Addie Wuensch, local musician Jeremy Webster and WHQR's Vince Winkel. 

“I love the idea of working with local community partners,” says Addie Wuensch. “And with Bottega Live we’re highlighting young, talented, local musical acts that otherwise might not have the opportunity to be broadcast on a 100,000-watt public radio.”

Bottega Live airs in conjunction with downtown Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

“I want to showcase really good, original music people haven’t heard yet,” Wuensch explained.

All shows are also available on the WHQR website. 

ORIGINAL AIR DATE - FEB. 28, 2020

On this edition of WHQR’s Bottega Live, a full hour of Rebekah Todd. Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.  Growing up in the small town of Benson, North Carolina, Rebekah Todd has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember.

New Hanover County Public Schools is facing a crisis of public confidence.  On Friday, Feb. 7th, Superintendent Tim Markley announced his resignation with a separation agreement that gives him $228,000.  That’s slightly less than half the value of the remainder of his contract.  The move comes after three high-profile cases of alleged sexual abuse of children by teachers. 

The Bunker Boys in Mt. Aireyl Millie-Christine in Welch's Creek; the Hilton girls in Charlotte. Three sets of conjoined twins, famous in their day, lived, and died, here-in the mountains, piedmont, and low country of North Carolina. 

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Nan Graham hopes to visit Irmo, South Carolina, in September to attend the annual Okra Strut. Nan is bearing down on her 24th year as a commentator on WHQR. She is grateful for the opportunity to address the burning issues of our time. 

You can hear more of Nan Graham's commentaries here.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its staff, or its members.

Commentator Shane Fernando is the Director of the Wilson Center at CFCC. He lives with his husband in downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Shane and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary." 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members. 

"So how did this most recent custom of bands for bridegrooms come about?" Nan Graham commented. 

Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics.

You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click “Commentary.”

Annie Gray Sprunt is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

You can hear more from Annie Gray and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Gwenyfar and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members. 

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Commentator Bridget Callahan is new to WHQR; this is her first commentary. Bridget is a writer and comedian, an editor for The Tusk magazine, and an entertainment correspondent for Star News. She makes her home in Wilmington.

"It's a heartbreaking and unforgettable story, but one that left protective health laws in place for us today" Nan Graham commented.

Commentator Nan Graham has been delivering WHQR commentaries since January 1995. Her books are Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute.

You can hear more from Nan and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on “Commentary.”

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics. 

You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary." 

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Art of Creative Research, released in February. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

You can hear more from Philip and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click “Commentary.”

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Gwenyfar and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members. 

Time now for today's WHQR commentary, here's Shane Fernando.

Commentator Shane Fernando is the Director of the Wilson Center at CFCC. He lives with his husband in downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Shane and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary." 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members. 

Time now for today's WHQR commentary. Here's Nan Graham.

Commentator Nan Graham celebrates WHQR and her 21st year as a commentator.

You can hear more from Nan and our other commentators at our website! WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

WHQR Commentaries don't neccessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.  

Thanks to texting and voice recognition technology, commas are going the way of the dinosaur, but commentator Peggy Porter is here to remind us that that neglected comma may come back to bite you.  

Time now for today's WHQR Commentary. Here's Peggy Porter. 

Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics. 

You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click "Commentary."

Time now for today's WHQR commentary. Here's Philip Gerard. 

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Art of Creative Research, released in February. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Philip and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click "Commentary."

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

 

  

You can hear more from Annie Gray and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Gwenyfar and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center art CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Your pet peeves may be different from mine, but my sermon on words may become one of your pet peeves.

Nan Graham celebrates her twenty-first continuous year as a WHQR Commentator. She loves every minute of it.

"Principles should 'bend' very little; otherwise they are no longer principles. Our founders enshrined the principle of free expression first, because they knew it would always be under fire."

Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics. 

You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

Commentator Philip Gerard reflects on how having to slow down through one of life's many interruptions gave him a different perspective on them. 

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Art of Creative Research, coming in February. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department in UNC Wilmington.

You can hear more from Philip and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

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