WHQR Public Radio set up shop in 1984, in a converted bar in a strip mall in Wilmington.
Founded by opera lovers concerned about the disappearance of the Metropolitan Opera on local airways, the station thrived by truly becoming a community station, supported and staffed by public radio lovers. Friends of the Opera, the original name of the founders, became Friends of Public Radio, Inc.
Ten years to the day it first went on the air, the station moved to a new home, the renovated Warwick Building in Wilmington’s historic downtown. this move allowed new additional studios, a custom-designed library and gallery for live performances and exhibits.
In 2015, WHQR took control of its destiny by purchasing the entire 3rd floor of the of 254 North Front Street , a little over 20 years from its move downtown, and started upfitting the building and technologies inside.
Recognizing ever-changing demographics and tastes, WHQR started a second station, in effect broadcasting for 48 hours a day on the combined HQR News and Classical HQR.
Yet, in spite of its evolution, WHQR is still known as the small non-profit radio station with the big reputation for unique performances, engaging programming and a community spirit that covers southeastern North Carolina.
WHQR has teamed up with their IT Consultant, Hooks Systems of Wilmington NC to upgrade several of their technologies to even better serve their listeners for years to come. Hooks Systems also provides 24 hour around-the-clock monitoring and management of the WHQR internal network and internet security utilizing their unique IT RemoteCare services.
Hooks Systems is also a WHQR Underwriting Partner .