WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – The Friends of Public Radio, Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kurt Wilson has accepted the position as Station Manager for WHQR News at 91.3fm and WHQR Classical music at 92.7fm. Wilson will assume his role in mid-February, 2020.
In accepting the role, Wilson said, “I’m excited to join the great team at WHQR and to get to know the listeners and supporters of public radio in the Wilmington area.”
Wilson joins WHQR from his current role as General Manager of Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings, Montana. The Yellowstone Public Radio network consists of 12 stations and 26 translators that span the state of Montana and Northern Wyoming. This past year, the station had their most successful fundraising year in the history of the station and finished the year with a budget surplus. Wilson also spent 15 years at Central Michigan Public Broadcasting in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. He held many titles at the NPR/PBS Dual Licensee including Executive Producer of Television and Director of Corporate Support and Major Gifts. Wilson spent the first ten years of his career in Utah as a member of the Utah Jazz Radio Network and as Director of Broadcast Services at Weber State University.
Wilson also has experience as a television sports anchor, news anchor and play by play announcer. He has also been a radio news and sports reporter and co-host of a daily radio morning show. Wilson has a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University.
Jeff Barnes, Chairman of the Friends of Public Radio Board, said of Wilson’s hire, “We could not be more excited about bringing Kurt Wilson to WHQR and our community. We see great things for WHQR Public Media with Kurt at the helm. We know he will be an inspiring leader and look forward to introducing him to our listeners.”
Wilson is moving to Wilmington in late January with his wife of 28 years, Lisa. They are the proud parents of three daughters who are all graduates of Central Michigan University. He is looking forward to engaging with the WHQR staff and listeners, and is committed to the Board’s strategic goals of increased diversity, enhanced technology and long-term sustainability.
WHQR Public Media is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public radio station, serving southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina with HQR News at 91.3fm and 98.9fm, and Classical HQR at 92.7fm, 96.7fm and 102.3fm. WHQR offers award-winning national and local news, music, entertainment and interaction to expand knowledge, encourage artistic appreciation, engage our community and promote civil discourse.
An image is attached. Interviews with Mr. Wilson and WHQR board and staff members are available upon request.