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[SOUND OF BABY CRY AND MICHAEL TITTERTON'S INTRODUCTION].

Those are the first sounds and the first voice heard on WHQR when it came to life on 91.3 FM 35 years ago.

Katelyn Freund

In Navassa, the old U.S. Marine Plant along the Cape Fear River that once built boats has a new life. After 11 years of standing vacant, the 336,000 square foot facility will be home to a manufacturing company with approximately 300 employees.  North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper made the announcement Friday morning.

National Park Service

A bill filed this week in the North Carolina legislature could impact the water quality of the Cape Fear River. House Bill 560 would ban PFAS and other perfluorinated compounds from the firefighting foams used near airports and in industrial areas around the state. It has co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle. 

 

On November 10, 1898, an angry white mob led by prominent Wilmingtonians like Alfred Moore Waddell, Hugh MacRae, George Rountree, and J. Allen Taylor, murdered anywhere from a dozen to 300 people. These white supremacists forcefully removed black politicians from power, and hundreds of black business owners and residents fled in the aftermath.

Vince Winkel

The process for getting a special use permit in Wilmington has changed. Last night the City Council voted to streamline the procedure and remove a step. The new rule means applicants will not have to appear before the planning commission.

Vince Winkel

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper spent most of today in Wilmington visiting local businesses six months after Hurricane Florence, and speaking at the Wilmington Downtown Inc. Annual Meeting. At a visit to Port City Java on Front Street, the Governor told WHQR he’s impressed with the hurricane recovery here.

The Wilmington Symphony's Unfinished Business

Mar 7, 2019

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra returns to Classical HQR at 7 :00 Wednesday night. Conductor Steven Errante and the band will address the difficulty Beethoven had finding an overture for his one and only opera, Fidelio, and the enigma of Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8. Emile von Reznicek’s Donna Diana Overture completes the program.

Vince Winkel

Isaac Bear is not an ordinary high school in the New Hanover County school system. It’s on UNCW property, its juniors and seniors take university classes, and earn university credit. Almost all will then go on to college. But Isaac Bear has a problem.

The WHQR News Department won FIVE First Place and FOUR Second Place outstanding journalism awards last weekend at the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press Convention and Awards Luncheon in Charlotte.

Join us for the big WHQR Day Party on October 10th at Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Street, under the bridge in downtown Wilmington. The event will feature Free PrizesFood Trucks (Wilmywoodie and CheeseSmith), Live Music from Johanna Winkel, Cake, and More. 

We are also accepting donations to Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which is doing incredible work in our own community post-Florence. 

WHQR is honored to donate our great old upright piano to DREAMS. At WHQR, this beauty has been played by most musicians in town and we have many fond memories. We're sure it will make many new, exciting ones at its new home in The Gallery at DREAMS, their exhibit space. 

Special Programming: "Order 9066"

Jul 31, 2018
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.  https://www.apmreports.org/order-9066

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)

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.

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In September, WHQR staff members were out on the street for Park(ing) Day asking passers-by various questions, including if they listened to WHQR. Here we mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with some of the comments we recorded. Listen above.

Prologue: "The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain

Oct 2, 2017

Monday, October 9th

The MC Erny Gallery

On Monday, October 9th, at 7pm, we will sit down with Ben Steelman of Wilmington's StarNews to discuss The Stolen Marriage written by New York Times bestselling author, Diane Chamberlain

Prologue: Dr. Tom V. Morris

Aug 30, 2017

Monday, September 11th at 7pm

The MC Erny Gallery

On Monday, September 11th, we will sit down with Ben Steelman of Wilmington's StarNews to discuss Dr. Tom V. Morris's two new books, The Viper and the Storm and Socrates in Silicon Valley. Dr. Morris has been a part of WHQR and StarNews's Prologue before as a "public philosopher" and has also been a part of WHQR's CoastLine to discuss his many books and views on ethics. 

A former Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and religious studies from Yale, Morris taught philosophy for 15 years at Notre Dame where he ranked as one of the most popular professors on campus. He then formed the Morris Institute for Human Values and became a noted motivational and inspirational speaker to corporations and government agencies.

WHQR Day 2017!

Aug 24, 2017

By proclamation of the Mayor of Wilmington and the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, September 13th will officially be known as WHQR DAY. WHQR listeners all over our area will be asked to wear WHQR buttons, stickers and t-shirts and share photos via social media (#WHQRday). The proclamations will be broadcast on the air and listeners and supporters will end the day at a large celebration at Waterline Brewing Company.

The big WHQR Day Party will be at Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Street, under the bridge, downtown Wilmington from 6 – 8pm on September 13. The event will feature music, food trucks, cake, free t-shirts for the first 50 guests and more. It will also be an opportunity to meet the new Station Manager, Michelle Rhinesmith.

WHQR Public Radio, broadcasting from Wilmington, serves southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina with HQR News at 91.3fm and Classical HQR at 92.7fm. WHQR offers news, music, entertainment and interaction to expand knowledge, encourage artistic appreciation, engage our community and promote civil discourse.

RSVP Through Our Event Page on Facebook HERE.

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).

WHQR's New Cultural Calendar

Jun 6, 2016

Have you noticed that WHQR's Cultural Calendar looks a bit different? If you have, that's because we've updated it to the new and improved Cultural Calendar! Submitting community events will now be more straightforward, and the calendar will be more easily navigable. Tell us how you like the new Community Calendar by emailing feedback@whqr.org.

CoastLine is now on the air two days a week! You can hear CoastLine on 91.3FM on Wednesday and Thursday at 12:06 pm.

With the introduction of the second edition of CoastLine, WHQR 91.3FM will make several programming schedule changes:

The rebroadcast of the Wednesday edition of CoastLine, with its public affairs topics, will move to Sundays at 3:00 pm.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 22nd, 6 – 9 pm

Closing Reception: Friday, May 27th, 6 – 9 pm

Show Closes: Friday, June 10th

This broadcast of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! features an August 28 performance by Jesse Stockton, accompanied by hand drummer Andy Lade.  On any given night, Jesse's songwriting weaves many tales, and this intriguing evening inside the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR's studios was no exception. Tune in to 91.3fm Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at 9:00 p.m. for Soup To Nuts Live! with Jesse Stockton.

Here's a video clip from Jesse's August 28 performance at WHQR...

Friends of Public Radio, Inc., licensee of WHQR Public Radio, has completed the purchase of the station's office and broadcast facilities at 254 North Front Street from Hexagon Holdings, Inc.

Hexagon has owned the third floor property in the Warwick Building for several years, with WHQR as its sole tenant. The agreement was signed by David Zumbro, Chair of the non-profit Friends of Public Radio, and representatives from Hexagon Holdings. The agreement followed a vote by the station's Board of Directors to purchase its own radio facility.

Beginning as an acoustic duo over a decade ago, Mac & Juice now travel the countryside as a quartet (acoustic and electric), playing original music described as “a broad-spectrum, rock & roll mosaic” with a vast stylistic range. Their latest release, Step Into The Light, is a mélange of genres that runs the gamut – from Stevie Wonder to Merle Haggard, with hook-laden songwriting and elements of bluegrass, jazz and Americana throughout.  Every show is a surprise, and this episode of Soup To Nuts Live! will be no different.

New Hanover County is seeking public feedback on new strategies that will affect recycling operations, landfill space and other aspects of countywide waste management. At an open meeting Tuesday night, half a dozen locals expressed mounting concern over the lifespan of the county landfill.

(Airing Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 at 9PM on WHQR 91.3fm)

He's cool, calm, and collected, a hardcore Bluesman, and a prolific performer who believes in his art. Lightnin' James brings his own music (and a couple of notable Blues standards) to life during WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in the MC Erny Gallery. James has performed throughout the Carolinas and competed at the 2012 Cape Fear Blues Challenge.

Check out this clip of James performing Divin' Duck Blues by Sleepy John Estes.  (Video: Lan Nichols)

Two different artists, two different cultures, two different styles - a perfect contrast!  This much-anticipated exhibit features E. Francisca Dekker and Benjamin Billingsley.  Stop by 254 N. Front Street (3rd floor) and see what's hanging in the MC Erny gallery at WHQR.

There's no mistaking the voice. Or the songwriting. Once again, Jeanne Jolly brought the whole package to WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in Wilmington NC on Thursday, April 18, 2013. 8-string guitarist (and Jeanne's producer) Chris Boerner and drummer Nick Baglio painted a wonderfully melodic backdrop for Jeanne's performance.

You can discover more about Jeanne Jolly at www.jeannejolly.com.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Stimmel shared his music with us at Soup To Nuts Live! on Feb. 28, 2013. Guest musician Les Britt provided a wonderfully subtle backdrop of electric guitar and vocal harmonies that made this STNL! a night to remember.  WHQR thanks Brent & Les for their great performance and being a part of what we do at 91.3fm.

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