We’ll start with a couple of playlist questions. Martyn Hawkins wrote to us via Facebook:
You have been playing the most magnificent music [Wednesday] evening at :10, :25, and :44. I have tried to find out what it was so I could buy copies of it. In your typical moronic "Radio With Vision" there was no way to find out. Even Mayberry RFD would have a more sensibly arranged station.
Paul Reinman wrote last week during the hurricane:
It was great to hear local reporting of our storm threat on national NPR radio. Rachael Lewis Hilburn’s voice was easily recognized and I thought it was a local broadcast, and then was surprised to hear this was a voice on a national presentation. Good job! And then, it is always, great to hear George Scheibner’s music following. Paco Strickland will always be recognized as a great local performer.
I prefer public radio formats in which there are two stations--one news/talk programming and one music programming. Since the second WHQR station is HD (and not available to all), it makes sense to mix news and music programming on the flagship station. However, I'd love it if the music was more diverse--indie music, singer-songwriters, Alt-Latino, "college music." As it stands, the music programming seems almost entirely focused on older demographics.
We’ve been getting some comments and calls this week about Morning Edition sounding distorted at times, especially for Lumberton listeners. Our equipment is working correctly. What many are hearing is a phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting,” which can play havoc with FM signals. Graduate Fellow Jason Hess discovered a great online resources for “ducting” forecasts. Yesterday's map for Southeastern North Carolina, for example, showed us in a bright orange area, meaning “very strong” to “intense”.
Did someone from your station call me and ask right out blank for a … donation at approximately 9 pm on a weeknight? What is this about? I have in the past contributed your station during your pledge drives. Why are you calling me directly for a specific amount? Is this a scam? If not, and it was from your front desk, I am highly insulted.