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7:13 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Friday Feedback for November 16, 2012

You have given us such gifts that I am more than grateful. -- Kate Griffin

Listener Juanita of Carolina Beach wrote:

I seldom listen to HQR because I detest ‘chatter radio’, i.e. Talk of the Nation and Diane Rehm. And when I accidentally catch A Smooth Landing I do NOT recognize this as my station. I really enjoy Wait Wait. That’s my 2 cents, for what it’s worth.

Listener Bill sent a comment on a recent news story about a possible public-access TV channel in Wilmington. His letter is too long to give in full here, but he raised several issues. First, he wondered if he had heard two different versions of the story at different times. The answer is no, and in keeping with our "Digital First" policy, all major news stories can be accessed on our website. If we make a substantive revision in a later version, we will make that clear.

Secondly, Bill felt that we muddled the distinction between a government channel, which the City of Wilmington does have, and a public-access channel, which it does not. Lastly, he felt our story's phrasing that the city's position is that it would be

legally responsible for all content and operations, even if the channel was managed by an outside group

was misleading. To quote Bill,

While given the responsibility by Congress to restrict obscenity, indecency and commercialism, municipalities would otherwise not be held liable for content if they do not control content.

Our purpose in running the brief story was not to offer a detailed legal analysis but to let listeners know that a proposal would be coming before City Council. We thank Bill for his comments and clarifications.

This week's commentary by Annie Gray Johnston offered some tongue-in-cheek suggestions for helping seniors cope with getting old. Some listeners didn’t find it funny. Dot Spencer wrote on our website:

If you substituted the word "blacks" for "seniors", would you have still aired the program????? Just because we are old doesn't make us objects to be ridiculed.

Lee from Kinston wrote:

Last Saturday night as I stumble[d] to find some good Saturday night music I came across to your station… I love the program so much I purchase[d] one of the song[s] of the program. Thank you for nice music and I hope to hear a lot more soon in the near future. Thank you WHQR.

CKJ Aman wrote:

I have not enjoyed Prairie Home Companion or Car Talk for some time. They've just become tired and repetitive to me, so I don't listen to WHQR when you broadcast them.

 

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I just want to know … have you dropped the Metropolitan Opera broadcast on Saturday? If so, I'd like to know that. Thank you.

For this listener and others, the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012-13 season will begin on Saturday, December 8th at 1:00 pm with Verdi’s A Masked Ball, followed by Aida on the 15th.

Kate Griffin wrote about a recent Cinematique selection, Beasts of the Southern Wild:

This movie was one of the 10 best movies that I have ever seen in my 72 years. Of course the young girl was absolutely fantastic [and] deserves an Oscar…  I will see this movie again and perhaps again. Now along with the upcoming showing of the INTOUCHABLES, you have given us such gifts that I am more than grateful. Thank you so much.

We’d love to hear from you on Friday Feedback, for your questions and comments, likes and dislikes about any aspect of the station. Please fill out our Listener Survey. You can also send us feedback by filling out a Comment below, by sending us an email message or by calling our Feedback line: 910-292-WHQR (9477). And thanks for your feedback.