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WHQR announces cuts will be made

The recession is taking its toll on Wilmington's public radio station, WHQR. On Monday, they announced four key positions will be cut from its staff. The general manager, news director, and development director will be out of job in about a month. The fourth position being cut is the programming director, a spot that's been vacant for a few months. The board of directors said it made this decision to ensure the station's long-term financial viability. The station hasn't made enough money to cover all of its expenses the past few years. Board Chairman Anup Sharma reported an operating committee has been formed to work with the employees that are being let go, to come up with a new model to use to run the station. He says at this point, listeners won't notice a change in on-air programming. These cuts reflect tough times facing National Public Radio in general. Earlier this month, NPR announced it was cutting seven percent of its workforce, and eliminating two daily programs. WHQR needs the support of its members now, more than ever.

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I sincerely hope WHQR....

...can work out their financial problems with the least amount of pain. They're a class act and provide a valuable service to the local art and music scene. As far as NPR goes, their problems are self-induced. You cannot consistently tick-off those who have money and then expect them to send any of it to you. When NPR returned to their "Left of Lenin" views (after a refreshing two-year break of objectivity and middle-of-the-road reporting) they once again lost funding from the people they love to hate. No one to blame but yourselves, comrades....