Friday Feedback for October 21, 2016

Listener Donna wrote: “As a long time member, I am very glad that the goal for the pledge drive was met yesterday, but I a very disappointed that the pledge drive did NOT end when the goal was met. Early in the pledge drive, you told listeners that the pledge drive would end when the goal was met. We as listeners should have received 2 more hours without pledge banter. Please in the next pledge drive live up to your assurance when the drive will end.” I take this comment very seriously, and I'd like to address the important issues wrote about. I wrote to here that first of all, we are profoundly grateful for her support of the station for many, many years, both for our annual campaigns and for emPowering Our Future. We couldn’t do it without loyal and generous listeners like her. Second, I know that Donna speaks for many others who dislike the on-air campaigns and want them ended sooner. Although we strive to keep them upbeat, and we get lots of affirmations from people who do call, we are aware that that sentiment is not universally shared. That’s why we have worked hard for the past six years to decrease our annual pledging days from 26 down to 15.
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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews… we meet North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, who has held the seat for three terms and is seeking a fourth. 

But first, we hear from her Republican challenger this November – Gerald Benton.

Democrat Steve Unger is challenging Republican incumbent Chris Millis in North Carolina’s House District 16, which includes Pender County and the northwest corner of Onslow County.  Unger says transportation infrastructure is his number one issue, and that transportation issues need to be looked at regionally, not just county by county:


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A little over a month ago, North Carolina Representative Holly Grange was sworn in to office, after Rick Catlin stepped down from his role representing House District 20.  She has no Democratic challenger in November.  The Republican wants to ease regulations and licensing requirements to promote small business in the state.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (WSO) continues its Serenades season with guest artist Daniella Zezelj-Gualdi, Croatian violinist and professor of music at UNCW. Danijela and WSO perform Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C and Albinoni's Sinfonia in G minor, but the highlight of the concert is Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Piazzolla revolutionized tango music by incorporating jazz and classical elements into traditional tango, creating tango nuevo. Danijela spoke with us about Piazzolla and the violin she'll be playing on loan from Ronald Sachs Violin; listen above.

On this edition of CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet Steve Unger, the Democrat who is challenging Chris Millis, the Republican incumbent, in North Carolina’s House District 16, which includes Pender County and the northwest corner of Onslow County. 

This is the second time Steve Unger has challenged Chris Millis for the seat.

On this edition of CoastLine, we’re taking the time to learn about two of the bonds that will appear on the November ballot.  One of those bonds would bring improvements and some facilities to the Brunswick County Schools System.  The other would develop and enhance parks and green space within the City of Wilmington. 

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During the upcoming election, Brunswick County voters will be asked to vote on a $152 million school bond referendum. 



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