- Call Letters: WHQR
- Frequency: 91.3
WHQR went on the air in 1984 as a non-profit, non-commercial full-service radio station affiliated with National Public Radio and Public Radio International. WHQR is operated by Friends of Public Radio, Inc., a 501(c3) organization recognized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. WHQR’s mission statement reflects its goal of serving all aspects of the community: Friends of Public Radio, Inc., is committed to maintaining and operating WHQR, a community-based public radio station located in southeastern North Carolina which will utilize the highest standards of artistic and technical excellence to: Enrich the lives of our listeners through classical and other significant forms of music and fine arts presented in an educational yet entertaining manner; Inform our listeners of events and issues affecting our society, through objective news coverage and features; Reflect the unique quality of life and the cultural heritage of our region and to share those reflections, when appropriate, with a national audience; Serve as a resource and forum for ideas, activities and events of concern to all segments of our community; and Engage our listeners as active participants in the life of our station and the services we provide. WHQR Public Radio set up shop in 1984, in a converted bar in a strip mall in Wilmington. Founded by displaced opera lovers - the original Friends of the Opera - the station thrived by truly becoming a community station, supported and staffed by public radio lovers. Ten years to the day it first went on the air, the station moved to a new home, a renovated building in the historic downtown. We added new studios, a custom-designed library and gallery for performances and exhibits, all warmed by blasted brick and mellow pine floors. Yet so little has changed. WHQR is still known as the small non-profit radio station with a big reputation for unique performances, solid programming and a community spirit that covers southeastern North Carolina. In our efforts to offer our audiences a "three-dimensional" radio experience, we encourage listeners to visit us at the station: either drop by while you're downtown or try to attend one of our cultural events. By seeing what public radio sounds like, by meeting fellow enthusiasts with similar interests, you'll find a whole new perspective on our area, on our world.