Inside WHQR

The official WHQR Staff blog featuring fun tidbits and various developments at the station.

On this edition of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Susan Habas, director of the Thalian Association, who will talk about "Show Me a Show Tune: A Broadway Style Sing-Off & Fundraiser."


Rhonda speaks with Wilmington actor Fracaswell Hyman, director of the newly-released Netflix educational series "Bookmarks."

Beginning Saturday, September 19th, American Routes will air on HQR 91.3fm from 6-8pm on Saturday evenings. 

American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in our 20th year on the air, American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music — and how they are distinguished.

PROLOGUE STARTS AT 7PM

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st

Reserve Your "Seat" Here

On Monday, September 21st, at 7pm, host Ben Steelman of The Star News will sit down (virtually) with NYTimes Bestselling author Emily Colin to discuss her latest book, Sword of the Seven Sins.

Rhonda speaks with Anne Brennan, executive director of Cameron Art Museum, who will discuss the museum's reopening following the announcement of Safer at Home Phase 2.5.


You voted for your favorite NPR star and we've got him! Wait Wait Don't Tell Me host Peter Sagal was be our special guest for a live Q&A virtual event with Rachel Lewis Hilburn on Monday, September 14th. 

If you missed the LIVE Event, you can check out the recording here. (And, please be sure to like WHQR's Facebook Page while you are there.)

Many thanks to Peter for sharing his Monday evening with us (and for all the amazing Wait Wait, Don't Tell Mes)!!!!

Rhonda speaks with Alicia Alexander and Yolanda House, who participated in Working Narratives' Shoresides Resilience Media Fellowship exploring Hurricane Florence’s impact on coastal residents. 


Our new classical lineup has been on air for two months now! We hope you've enjoyed the new programming or maybe found a new favorite show. Either way, we'd love to hear what you, our listeners, think about the new lineup. Let us know what you've enjoyed listening to or what programs haven't quite hit the right note for you. And tell us if there are any other classical music programs that you know about and would like to hear on WHQR.

Rhonda speaks with Nancy King, artistic director of Opera Wilmington, who discusses the August 30th Sunday Salon featuring some of the principal singers in their 2021 production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute".


On this week's Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy, Rhonda speaks with acclaimed cinematographer Tom Priestley, who reflects on the legacy of Chunky Huse, a local film community legend who died at the age of 80. 

On this week's Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Chris Everett, director of "Wilmington on Fire: Chapter 2," which has added Hilarie Burton Morgan (of "One Tree Hill" fame) as executive producer. 


PROLOGUE STARTS AT 7PM

MONDAY, AUGUST 24th

WEBINAR, RSVP to rsvp@whqr.org to recieve link

On Monday, August 24th, at 7pm, host Ben Steelman of The Star News will sit down (virtually) with author Diane Chamberlain to discuss her latest book, "Big Lies in a Small Town." 

This week, Rhonda speaks to Tony Rivenbark, director of Thalian Hall, who will reflect on the legacy of the late Wilmington actress and broadcaster Kitty Fitzgibbon.


This week, Rhonda speaks to Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Artistic Director of Chamber Music Wilmington. They speak about the future of CMW and its first ever Virtual Concert and Q&A next Thursday at 7:30 pm. Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, and Noriko Nagasawa, piano, will perform a program of Romantic works. WHQR's Music Director, Pat Marriott will will host the program, taking questions from the public in real time. 


Later this summer, WHQR will present a Virtual Q&A with an NPR star! There are so many incredible NPR hosts and staffers - people you hear every day or who shape NPR as a network. So help us decide and take the survey: Which NPR Star Would You Like to "Meet" at a Virtual Q&A? Click here to let us know your top picks.

The survey will remain open until the end of Thursday, July 30th.

Rhonda speaks to John Staton of StarNews, who helped to curate Curbside Cinema. Click here for Staton's review of Miss Juneteenth.


Rhonda Bellamy speaks with James Tritten of Fort Lowell Records about GROW: Getting Racism out of Wilmington, an indie rock compilation to benefit the NAACP.


The June Edition of WHQR’s Bottega Live is a special one. Addie interviews East Bay Ray - musician, songwriter, co-founder, producer of Dead Kennedys and musician at The Killer Smiles. Addie and Ray discuss songwriting, playing dive bars in Oakland, and everything in-between. Also we have encore performances from Madd Hatters and Medicated Sunfish!

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Rhonda Bellamy speaks with UNCW's Aaron Wilcox about Protest Signs: Projected Voices of the Community, a juried virtual art show featuring "passionate, poignant messages that are projected through (protest) signs.


You did it! We met our $100,000 Critical Stealth Drive goal as of 8:30am! 

THANK YOU to the 805 wonderful listeners who gave additional gifts, became first time members, or increased their sustaining gifts during the campaign! We couldn't do it without you. 

WHQR’s Critical Stealth Drive is going on right now! Donate online or call 888-848-5663. We’re able to provide you with up-to-date news and beautiful music because of contributions from listeners like you. Help us meet the goal by June 22nd so there will be NO program interruptions. 

Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Shane Fernando, Vice President of Advancement & Arts at the Wilson Center, about the new Drive-in Concert Series at the Wilson Center. 


“You asked - we listened! Just for our classical music fans, we're shining up our program schedule beginning July 1. We're adding seven star-studded new programs to the 92.7 Classical WHQR schedule to enliven your afternoon and evening listening. Tune in every day - then listen and see!” - Pat Marriott, WHQR Music Director

For each and every pledge made to WHQR today, HQR Community Advisory Board Member Claire Appling will sew a mask to be donated to those in need in our community. Masks will be sent to OSMS Cape Fear to be distributed to a variety of groups in the region from nursing homes to hospitals to community groups.

By making a gift today, you can help keep the news free and accessible to you and your community. Plus, you'll help get masks into the hands of those in need. 

Thanks to Claire Appling and our great listeners THIRTY-TWO masks will be donated. Thanks to all who pledged Friday and every day!

Friday was Give a Mask Day - for each and every pledge made to WHQR today, HQR Community Advisory Board Member Claire Appling will sew a mask to be donated to those in need in our community. Masks will be sent to OSMS Cape Fear to be distributed to a variety of groups in the region from nursing homes to hospitals to protesters to community groups. Donate online or call 888-848-5663. 

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The May Edition of Bottega Live features some superb singer-songwriter talent. We kick off the show with the duo of Madonna Nash and Chris Cole. The second half of the show features Sarah Brown. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, at 8 pm on that Friday.

There will be two special broadcasts of the Soup to Nuts Live! March 5th show featuring Johanna. Tune into 91.3fm Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 9pm. To learn more about the original show, click here

Thank you to the 83 people who who pledged yesterday to support WHQR and the Food Bank. WHQR is proud to stand with people around the world in raising awareness and support for nonprofits and people who are helping communities during this pandemic.

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Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Wilmington's own Jonas Pate, creator of the new Netflix series Outer Banks. 


On this April edition of WHQR’s Bottega Live, a one hour anniversary party. Some of our greatest hits from the last 12 months since we launched the program. Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

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