In this week's big news, listeners all over the region were anxiously tuned in to WHQR on Sunday night to see if we'd do it yet one more time. Frequent correspondent Nancy Geimer wrote to us on Monday:
Yay!! RadioLab this week was a program we've never heard before, and we enjoyed it. We look forward to hearing another program that we've never heard before, next week! Thanks for all you do.
I wrote back to Nancy and asked if could use her name. Her reply?
Why not? I'm starting to feel like a minor celebrity!
Last week it was comments about music, this week it’s the technology help desk.
Listeners Bob and Cathy wrote:
We are trying to listen to Smooth Landings and cannot get the station to live stream during that show or at any time. The Classical station comes in but not George. We miss Smooth Landings and George and his guest DJs. It’s the best 30 minutes of music on the radio, period!
We often get comments about news topics here on Friday Feedback. In this past week, it seems as if near all were about our music. Abigail Lanier wrote:
I enjoy the quality programing on WHQR, but one of the things I always enjoy listening for is the music between programing. I like to try and pick out the music bed under WHQR's hosts while they're announcing the time or weather. Recently, I've been so excited to hear such composers like Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen… High-five to whomever selects such music!
A listener called this week about what he felt was incomplete reporting by NPR on a story. He then added:
[AUDIO CLIP] You people ask for our contributions, and you seem to think that it’s easy for us to contact you. I had to look deep to get your telephone number. I want you to know that when you go online, you can’t get anything that says Contact or Feedback under NPR… there’s items in your stories that need to be questioned, and I would appreciate it if you made the effort to stop.
Several listeners reacted to a recent criticism of This American Life for a story about using pig intestines as a substitute for calamari. The original comment had found that segment, shall we say, distasteful. Listener Matt wrote:
Happy New Year, everyone. We had a lot of nice comments that came into Feedback toward the end of the year. Here’s a listener with a comment about Season’s Griot, WHQR’s annual Kwanzaa program, distributed nationally by Public Radio International: