Inside WHQR

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



Here at WHQR, our Summer Drive is sounding very different – that’s because it is the Summer Stealth Drive and it's going on right now!


Friends of Public Radio, Inc.'s Annual Meeting

MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

Thursday, June 27

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

With deep gratitude for all of her wonderful work, WHQR announces that Kate Brandis has left WHQR for a great opportunity at Design Loud, an IT company at Tek Mountain. You might still hear her voice reading underwriting credits at WHQR, but we know she'll have great success in marketing and sales at Design Loud. 

Station Manager Michelle Rhinesmith had this to say about Kate: "Kate is an amazing talent; she has been one of the brightest lights at WHQR. A genuine person, with a gentle soul – she will be missed.” 

WE DID IT... AND WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH! WE RAISED $165,715 from 1,062 PLEDGES IN 7 DAYS! Your gifts will keep the lights on in the studio and pay for the programs you know and depend on. Your love for public radio has shown through and our station pledges to keep operating for you, our loyal listeners. Thank you so much from the grateful WHQR Staff and Board.

Opening reception: March 22, 2019, 6-9p

Closing reception: April 26, 2019, 6-9p

On Display until: May 10, 2019

The 2019 Spring Pledge Drive ends today March 13th! You can play an important role for your public radio station. Your gift keeps WHQR on the air providing the news, information, entertainment and music you depend on.

Serve on WHQR's Board

Feb 18, 2019

Wilmington’s hometown NPR affiliate is looking for individuals who can draw on their professional expertise, their commitment to community service and their belief in the power of public radio to serve on our Board of Directors. We are seeking a diverse group from our members and supporters who will commit to monthly meetings, committee responsibilities and will assist with fundraising. If you believe that public radio helps engender a well-informed community and supports the values of civil discourse and artistic endeavor, apply!

Thank you to our many INCREDIBLE Day Sponsors who came out to celebrate at the Cameron Art Museum Friday, January 11, 2019. We want to express our sincere gratitude to you all for making it such an unforgettable evening. There were delicious drinks, even more delicious food, beautiful and engaging artwork, and most importantly lots and lots of great conversation. Thanks to our photographer Vince Winkel for capturing these amazing shots. Check out more snapshots from the party HERE.

With gratitude for all of her wonderful work, WHQR announces that Gina Gambony is leaving WHQR for a great opportunity at a larger market. Later this month, Gina will be joining the team at WHRO Public Media in Norfolk, Virginia, as the local host of Morning Edition (and more).  Thanks to Gina for sharing her terrific talents and personality with listeners and friends throughout the area. We'll surely miss you.

We are under construction! Phase 1 of our facility renovation project has begun. We are completely renovating the MC Erny Gallery, the kitchen, restrooms, and hallways. This is very exciting as this space has not seen any upgrades in many years. Renovations were made possible from the financial support of our community through WHQR's emPowering Our Future campaign.

Fourth of July - Special Programming on WHQR

Jul 2, 2018

Celebrate Independence Day on 91.3 WHQR with two special programs. 

New Programs On WHQR

Jun 27, 2018

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – WHQR is pleased to announce that six new programs – Living on Earth, Travel with Rick Steves, Christopher Kimballs’ Milk Street Radio, Fresh Air Weekend, A Way with Words and City Arts & Lectures – are joining the weekend lineup on WHQR News 91.3fm. 

How to Listen While WHQR's 91.3 is on Low Power…

Jun 19, 2018

A main component of our transmitter failed on Sunday night. The replacement should be here by the end of the week. In the meantime, please listen to WHQR 91.3 (and, in Myrtle Beach, both 98.9 and 102.3) on your Smart Speaker, the WHQR App or streaming anytime at

We’re sorry for any inconvenience and hope to have our strong signal back soon!

WHQR Meet-Up at the Bellamy - Thursday, June 7th!

May 29, 2018

Come out and join us for our next Meet Up at the Bellamy Mansion next Thursday, June 7th! WHQR Staff, Community Advisory Board, and Friends will be there for a fun evening enjoying friendship and a shared love of public radio with our listeners. Spend the evening relaxing with wine, beer (the delicious Hummin' Bird provided by Red Oak), and snacks inside the grand Bellamy Mansion and on its outside grounds.

The event will be from 5 - 7pm. We can't wait to see you there!

New Programs Coming to WHQR Next Week!

Apr 24, 2018

WHQR is excited to announce four new programs  – The Daily, Performance Today, SymphonyCast and From The Top – are joining the lineup on HQR News 91.3fm or Classical HQR 92.7fm beginning this Monday, April 30th! 

Call for WHQR Front Desk Volunteers

Mar 27, 2018

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity?

WHQR needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to join our fun and friendly Volunteer Front Desk staff. Working at the Front Desk is an easy and great way to meet other Public Radio fans and hang with our WHQR staff.

We ask for a weekly commitment of two to three hours, depending on the shift. Currently, we have openings for:

Tuesdays, 9am - 12pm
Wednesdays, 9am - 11am


Phone Teams for the Spring Pledge Drive 2019 

During our 2019 Spring Pledge Drive, March 7 - 13, WHQR will be welcoming phone teams from all over our region. Send a group of four people to help answer HQR's pledge phones and we'll thank you repeatedly on the air


THE 2018 LUNCHEON IS FULL. Spaces may be available with individual table hosts.

WHQR also has a wait list. Please email Mary Bradley at if you are interested in being added to the wait list. THANKS EVERYONE!

WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon featuring 1A's Joshua Johnson

Friday, May 18th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

The Grand Ballroom at Hotel Ballast (formerly the Wilmington Hilton Riverside)

Are you interested in serving on the Friends of Public Radio Board? WHQR and the Friends of Public Radio are soliciting interested parties to apply for a limited number of positions on our Board of Directors.

We are seeking a diverse population from our listenership who are interested in engaging with the community in meaningful ways, will attend regular monthly meetings, will participate in committee responsibilities and will assist with fundraising.

Join other Public Radio lovers, WHQR Community Advisory Board, staff, board and friends at a great spot in Ogden on Thursday, March 1st, from 5pm to 7pm. Celebrate your community focused non-profit radio station while drinking local beer (Broomtail Craft brews and more), enjoying great company, and relaxing in a great setting (with a beautiful beer garden)! We are also super excited to have John Fonville and the band End of the Line with us that night as our live entertainment. We will also have Arepa St. Food Truck at the event as well! Raise a glass to excellent radio, music, culture and an interesting and interested community of listeners. We can't wait to see you there!!!!!

WHQR Public Media and UNCW Office of the Arts are pleased to present The Great American Songbook Live: The Oscars on the big stage at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30pm.  Tickets available at the Kenan Box Office (910-962-3500) or...

POSITION TITLE: WHQR Broadcast and Digital Marketing Producer
LOCATION: WHQR, 254 N. Front St., Ste. 300, Wilmington, NC 28401
SUPERVISOR(S): George Scheibner, Operations Manager Michelle Rhinesmith, Station Manager

Saturdays at 2pm , NPR’s Hidden Brain joins the HQR News lineup.

Hidden Brain with host Shankar Vedantam, helps curious folks understand the world, current events and themselves.

Saturday nights at 6pm, Mountain Stage will offer WHQR listeners the best seats in the house for performances captured in front of a live audience by established stars and emerging artists. Hosted by Larry Groce, each two-hour episode features seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country to indie rock, pop, world music, alternative, and beyond.

WHQR’s One Day End-Of-Year Pledge Drive is TODAY, December 14th!!!

1 in 4 children in our community struggles with hunger. When you support WHQR during this One-Day Drive, you’re also helping NourishNC.

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, ushering in a new era of independent, non-commercial media dedicated to public service, education and, in his words, “satisfying America’s appetite for excellence.”

Thank You For Helping Us Reach Our Goal!

Oct 19, 2017


With your gifts, you ensure that public radio continues in the Cape Fear region. Your gifts will keep the lights on in the studio and pay for the programs you know and love. Pledge drives enable us to continue to provide the music, news and emergency broadcasting you depend on on HQR News and Classical HQR. 

The Fall Pledge Drive is ON! - Win an NC Getaway

Oct 11, 2017

Fall Pledge Drive Sweepstakes -- win one of these luxurious vacations!


Everyone who calls or pledges online is automatically entered to win one of two wonderful getaways.

  • No pledge necessary to enter the sweepstakes
  • Sustaining members are automatically entered to win (Thank You Sustainers!)

New at WHQR: Our Little Free Library!

Aug 15, 2017

Visit our new Little Free Library! Thanks to Jeff Hunter here at WHQR, we now have our very own Little Free Library! Everyone is invited to find a new book to read and to leave a different book behind. You can find best sellers, classic literature, fun children's books, magazines and so much more. Come by for a great read, and bring your favorite books to share with others!

Located in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, Wilmington. 

Welcome, Michelle!

Aug 15, 2017

A warm welcome to our new station manager, Michelle Rhinesmith! We are excited to have you become a part of our team. Happy First Day! 

THANK YOU - From All of Us Here at WHQR

Jul 18, 2017

We've done it - we've made history together again!!!! As of 2:55pm, WHQR has raised $75,135 during the Summer Stealth Drive, going over the summer goal of $75,000 and allowing us to CANCEL the traditional on-air summer fundraiser!!!!!! 

We are so excited that we are able to have a summer free of program interruptions. Way to go WHQR friends!!! Thank you.

Enjoy all the great joys of summer (with your soundtrack from WHQR).