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This semester, high-profile resignations left Cape Fear Community College marine tech students without the opportunity t...
12/22/2022
Deep Dive: What caused the disruption at CFCC’s marine tech program?

This semester, high-profile resignations left Cape Fear Community College marine tech students without the opportunity to join the program’s crucial training cruise — or a satisfactory explanation for why the program had been disrupted. WHQR dug deep into public records to try and shed more light on the issue

This semester, high-profile resignations left Cape Fear Community College marine tech students without the opportunity to join the program’s crucial training cruise — or a satisfactory explanation for why the program had been disrupted. WHQR dug deep into public records to try and shed more ligh...

Rhonda's guest on Around Town this week is Justin Smith, director of Opera House Theatre Company's upcoming production o...
12/22/2022
Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Kinky Boots

Rhonda's guest on Around Town this week is Justin Smith, director of Opera House Theatre Company's upcoming production of Kinky Boots, December 30-January 15. We also hear from Justin Allen-Tate, one of the leads in the Tony Award-winning musical. LISTEN HERE:

My guest is Justin Smith, director of Opera House Theatre Company's upcoming production of Kinky Boots, December 30-January 15. We also hear from Justin Allen-Tate, one of the leads in the Tony Award-winning musical.

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal booked George Taylor Jr. for its Power Breakfast series, eager to offer a rare c...
12/21/2022
Given a platform to explain Tru Colors’ downfall, George Taylor attacks the media

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal booked George Taylor Jr. for its Power Breakfast series, eager to offer a rare chance for attendees — and the public — to hear directly the Tru Colors CEO’s account of the brewery’s closure and the end of its at-times controversial social mission. In an unmoderated appearance that provided no opportunity for questions, Taylor blamed news reporting for his company’s failure and called on business and community leaders to ‘be skeptical of the media.’

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal booked George Taylor Jr. for its Power Breakfast series, eager to offer a rare chance for attendees — and the public — to hear directly the Tru Colors CEO’s account of the brewery’s closure and the end of its at-times controversial social mission. In a...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to meet with President Biden at the White House this afternoon. President ...
12/21/2022
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy visits Washington to speak with Biden, address Congress

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to meet with President Biden at the White House this afternoon. President Zelenskyy will then address a joint meeting of Congress later in the evening, tentatively set to start at 7:30pm ET.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to meet in Washington with President Biden and Congress on Wednesday. The trip comes as lawmakers are debating billions more in aid for Ukraine.

12/21/2022

Hangin flyers at work! Let’s get the word out y’all Broomtail Pub & Arcade Live At Ted's

The funding from the New Hanover Community Endowment will go to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh which w...
12/19/2022
NHCE issues $335,000 'independent project' grant to assist displaced Wilmington Housing Authority families

The funding from the New Hanover Community Endowment will go to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh which will partner with the New Hanover Disaster Coalition to furnish homes and provide household items for more than 90 families still displaced from the Wilmington Housing Authority. It's in addition to a nearly $200,000 grant the non-profit received as part of the endowment's inaugural grant-making cycle.

The funding from the New Hanover Community Endowment will go to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh which will partner with the New Hanover Disaster Coalition to furnish homes and provide household items for more than 90 families still displaced from the Wilmington Housing Authority. It...

Today's theme on Stage and Screen with Jemila is "Let It Snow!" You'll hear music from NUTCRACKER ("Waltz of the Snowfla...
12/19/2022

Today's theme on Stage and Screen with Jemila is "Let It Snow!" You'll hear music from NUTCRACKER ("Waltz of the Snowflakes"); DR. ZHIVAGO; THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO; NAPOLEON; WINTERFELL (from "Game of Thrones"); WHITE CHRISTMAS; FROSTY THE SNOWMAN; RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER; and "Latin Snowfall" from CHARADE. Tune in to 92.7fm at 12:06!

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding a public business meeting o...
12/19/2022
Watch Live: Jan. 6 Committee to discuss and vote on possible criminal referrals

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding a public business meeting on Monday, December 19, at 1 p.m. The committee is expected to consider possible criminal referrals and to vote on them. This is the committee’s final public event prior to the release of its final report, which is expected later in the week on Wednesday, the 21st.

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding a public business meeting on Monday, December 19, at 1 p.m. The committee is expected to consider possible criminal referrals and to vote on them. This is the committee’s final public event prior to the re...

WHQR Station Manager Kevin Crane accepted a Grassroots Arts Program grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, presente...
12/18/2022

WHQR Station Manager Kevin Crane accepted a Grassroots Arts Program grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, presented by Rhonda Bellamy of Arts Council of Wilmington.

Gentrification is washing over downtown Wilmington, accelerating as it moves North to South. On this week's episode of T...
12/17/2022
Gentrification in Wilmington Part II: The data, the struggle, and the solutions

Gentrification is washing over downtown Wilmington, accelerating as it moves North to South. On this week's episode of The Newsroom, we'll dig into the history that led us here, the data proving it's happening, and how it feels on the ground. We'll also hear about potential solutions - however complex those answers may be.

Gentrification is washing over downtown Wilmington, accelerating as it moves North to South. On this week's episode of The Newsroom, we'll dig into the history that led us here, the data proving it's happening, and how it feels on the ground. We'll also hear about potential solutions- however comple...

Jemila Ericson has some friends in the studio today! WHQR supporter Rasa Love secured a Classical HQR guest-DJ spot for ...
12/16/2022

Jemila Ericson has some friends in the studio today! WHQR supporter Rasa Love secured a Classical HQR guest-DJ spot for her father, Steve, during our Fall Pledge Drive. Listen now!

The theme on today's Stage and Screen with Jemila is ANIMALS AS STARS. It will be all film music -- from FREE W***Y, HAT...
12/16/2022

The theme on today's Stage and Screen with Jemila is ANIMALS AS STARS. It will be all film music -- from FREE W***Y, HATARI, BORN FREE, TWO BROTHERS, BLACK BEAUTY, KING KONG, BRAVE BULLS and DANCES WITH WOLVES. AND at 1:00, I'll have special guests. Rasa Love pledged and secured a spot for her classical-fan father Steve. They'll be co-DJs with me with a playlist provided by Steve! Tune in to 92.7fm at 12:06 to listen.

County Manager Chris Coudriet recommended that, for future lockdown drills, schools ensure that parents, teachers, and s...
12/15/2022
County manager sends ‘recommendations’ to NHCS safety officer after Hoggard High lockdown drill

County Manager Chris Coudriet recommended that, for future lockdown drills, schools ensure that parents, teachers, and students, as well as law enforcement and emergency response services, be given advanced notice. While the district’s current policy doesn’t include advance notification of drills, Coudriet suggested the change to “align with the times,” citing in part a recent string of hoax calls aimed at schools.

County Manager Chris Coudriet recommended that, for future lockdown drills, schools ensure that parents, teachers, and students, as well as law enforcement and emergency response services, be given advanced notice. While the district’s current policy doesn’t include advance notification of drill...

In July, WHQR reported that New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington couldn’t locate t...
12/14/2022
NHC schools find financial records for multi-million-dollar anti-violence grant from mid-2000s

In July, WHQR reported that New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington couldn’t locate the results of a federal grant worth over $10 million, from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Education, to study violence prevention in the mid-2000s. But more recently, evidence of the grant has come to light.

In July, WHQR reported that New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington couldn’t locate the results of a federal grant worth over $10 million, from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Education, to study violence prevention in the mid-2000...

This is the LAST DAY to see this award-winning film--screening at 3pm and 7pm at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing ...
12/14/2022

This is the LAST DAY to see this award-winning film--screening at 3pm and 7pm at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.! Don't miss it!

On Tuesday morning, Timothy Iannone, 61, was sentenced to at least 48 years in prison for the r**e and kidnapping of a y...
12/13/2022
Timothy Iannone’s conviction is justice for some, more complicated for others

On Tuesday morning, Timothy Iannone, 61, was sentenced to at least 48 years in prison for the r**e and kidnapping of a young woman over a quarter-century ago. It’s a story, still ongoing, that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal justice system, and the resilience and persistence of victims — especially those stuck waiting for the gears of justice to turn.

On Tuesday morning, Timothy Iannone, 61, was sentenced to at least 48 years in prison for the r**e and kidnapping of a young woman over a quarter-century ago. It’s a story, still ongoing, that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal justice system, and the resilience and persistenc...

CoastLine: Wilmington is on fire with new Black power, prosperity, and self-reliance, says documentarian Christopher Eve...
12/13/2022
CoastLine: Wilmington is on fire with new Black power, prosperity, and self-reliance, says documentarian Christopher Everett

CoastLine: Wilmington is on fire with new Black power, prosperity, and self-reliance, says documentarian Christopher Everett

Most of us know the story – or at least the basics – of the only successful coup d'état in American history. The 1898 Wilmington, NC massacre perpetrated by white supremacists which killed citizens, forced elected officials from office, and drove successful Black professionals out of the city. ...

Cape Fear region residents can sometimes clash with one another over controversial topics. That’s partly why WHQR has pa...
12/12/2022
One Small Step: 'We don't have to agree on everything, but they're not horrible people'

Cape Fear region residents can sometimes clash with one another over controversial topics. That’s partly why WHQR has partnered with StoryCorps’ One Small Step program.

The program brings strangers together across political divides — not to argue, but to learn about each other's lives.

Keri and Scott are two such people; this is an excerpt from their One Small Step conversation.

Cape Fear region residents can sometimes clash with one another over controversial topics. That’s partly why WHQR has partnered with StoryCorps’ One Small Step program.The program brings strangers together across political divides — not to argue, but to learn about each other's lives.Keri and ...

Wow, we are so thankful of all who supported Good Shepherd Center and WHQR yesterday! And special thanks to Bob Loweth!
12/09/2022

Wow, we are so thankful of all who supported Good Shepherd Center and WHQR yesterday! And special thanks to Bob Loweth!

There's still time to donate to our One-Day Pledge Drive where you can support the station AND feed hungry adults and ch...
12/08/2022

There's still time to donate to our One-Day Pledge Drive where you can support the station AND feed hungry adults and children. Donate NOW: https://whqr-web.memsys.com/donate/
Good Shepherd Center

Just had a wonderful in-person gift from possibly our youngest donor today, Lilly. Thanks Lilly and thanks to all who ha...
12/08/2022

Just had a wonderful in-person gift from possibly our youngest donor today, Lilly. Thanks Lilly and thanks to all who have called or pledged online today during our One-Day Pledge Drive. There's still time to help WHQR and the Good Shepherd Center by calling 910-343-1138 we're going to whqr.org.

More than 1,100 members of the newsroom union at The New York Times say they'll participate in a day-long walkout today ...
12/08/2022
'New York Times' editors hustle to prepare stories for newsroom strike

More than 1,100 members of the newsroom union at The New York Times say they'll participate in a day-long walkout today to protest the paper's failure to meet salary demands. They have been working without a contract for nearly two years.

More than 1,100 of the newspaper's journalists say they'll strike Thursday over the paper's failure to meet the union's demand for pay raises.

We hope you'll support the station and the community today during our One-Day Pledge Drive! Click here to donate: https:...
12/08/2022

We hope you'll support the station and the community today during our One-Day Pledge Drive! Click here to donate: https://whqr-web.memsys.com/donate/
Good Shepherd Center

Vanishing Sands: How Sand Mining is Stripping Away Earth’s Beaches
12/07/2022
Vanishing Sands: How Sand Mining is Stripping Away Earth’s Beaches

Vanishing Sands: How Sand Mining is Stripping Away Earth’s Beaches

Sand mining happens on every inhabited continent and at nearly every conceivable scale. Some of it is legal; much of it is not. A new book from Duke University Press, “Vanishing Sands: Losing Beaches to Mining,” casts light on the shadowy world of sand mining through case studies that illuminate...

Holly Shelter Middle School was placed on lockdown following a phone threat about an active shooter, according to the Ne...
12/06/2022
NHCSO: Another hoax suspected after active shooter threat locks down Holly Shelter Middle School

Holly Shelter Middle School was placed on lockdown following a phone threat about an active shooter, according to the New Hanover County Schools district. Law enforcement believes it to be a hoax — but can't yet confirm if it's related to last week's wave of hoaxes that struck schools across the state.

Holly Shelter Middle School was placed on lockdown following a phone threat about an active shooter, according to the New Hanover County Schools district. Law enforcement believes it to be a hoax — but can't yet confirm if it's related to last week's wave of hoaxes that struck schools across the s...

Duke University Press  Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke
12/06/2022
CoastLine: Vanishing Sands: Losing Beaches to Mining with Duke Professor Orrin Pilkey

Duke University Press Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke

Sea levels are rising. Storms are intensifying. And the world’s sandy beaches and dunes are more important than ever for the protection of coastal environments. And yet sand mining is on the increase — much of it for beach nourishment. But is beach nourishment doing what we want it do? And is th...

Today on STAGE & SCREEN WITH JEMILA at 12:06pm: Epic Stories, Epic Landscapes, Epic Characters. You'll hear great music ...
12/05/2022

Today on STAGE & SCREEN WITH JEMILA at 12:06pm: Epic Stories, Epic Landscapes, Epic Characters. You'll hear great music from LAWRENCE OF ARABIA; GONE WITH THE WIND; THE WIZARD OF OZ; AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS; OUT OF AFRICA; DR. ZHIVAGO; THE GODFATHER; RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK; JURASSIC PARK; and APOCALYPSE NOW.

Cameron Art Museum is hosting its annual Minnie Evans Birthday Celebration, Sunday, December 11, from 10-5. Rhonda's gue...
12/05/2022

Cameron Art Museum is hosting its annual Minnie Evans Birthday Celebration, Sunday, December 11, from 10-5. Rhonda's guest on Around Town is filmmaker Linda Royal who is producing a full-length documentary on the visionary artist. LISTEN HERE: https://bit.ly/3Uu3DNT
Photo courtesy of Nina Howell Starr

Officials have said there is not yet evidence linking the vandalism to a drag show that was shut down by the blackout.
12/05/2022
Outages could last days after shootings at Moore County substations

Officials have said there is not yet evidence linking the vandalism to a drag show that was shut down by the blackout.

A spokesman for Duke Energy said at a news conference with local officials on Sunday that the damage caused the night before could take days to repair. Power was out for roughly 37,000 customers Sunday.

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Can someone tell me how Titan Cement company was able to re-open the shuttered Roanoke plant on Holly Shelter Rd in Castle Hayne?
Your radio sucks right now. Technical difficulties abound.
There are some nights in NC when Smooth Landings makes life so much better out in the NC hinterlands. Thank you, George Scheibner, for your musical magic.
https://youtu.be/jd6XCT6ByfM
A link to suggestions from the Mayo Clinic that may just help the fatigue, malaise and yes, depression, that a lot of us feel. Thanks for watching and do share.
https://youtu.be/AJUZPYWVhro
Shot at Summer Rest Trail near Wrightsville Beach!
LOVE that trail!
https://youtu.be/DxZNqJ7QCOc
Something to think about as we try to take care of ourselves. Do SHARE!
We're live on Wednesday at noon. What questions do you have about the birds you're seeing -- or not seeing -- this year? Send emails to [email protected].
If you're feeling anxious, here's a great way to calm down. And, this park off Market Street is obviously a BEAUTIFUL place to do it! Watch and give it a try!
https://youtu.be/i75E3Zqlxps
With 44% of our public on Trump's evil side, how can we hope to have an honest election in November? What's not honest will be stolen with a Democratic candidate who is not up for the job.
Now we've got 2 viruses against us, the police and the invisible killer that attacks our lungs. Shame. When I was a youmg [rptester they arrested me, but finally let me go. When my daughter did the same thing in Prattville, Al. they dumped her in a jail cell. We are becoming a totalitarian government. This is Kent State all over again.

the captain in Birmingham knew he had a police force of K*K members. Since then Jamie Parsons has realized how wrong he was. Does he still hold that view or was it just to sell a book?
I would like to donate to WHQR but no one will answer the phone, and before I knew it, I had joined WBUR, a great station in Boston, and they finally reversed it, but didn't know how to contact you wither.
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