Friday Feedback for April 7, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

Not WHQR's tower.
The restoration of beautiful music is always a beautiful thing. - Anonymous, Shallotte

Starting late Tuesday night and on into Wednesday afternoon we experienced a problem at our 91.3 transmitter in Winnabow, resulting in diminished signal strength and the complete loss of HD2 (though our web streams continued without issues). Anonymous from Supply wrote: “. . . as you leave, could you see [for] people like me who have given to the station religiously for many years that the station’s serious music is preserved and operational, hopefully for years to come (in fact, the station was started by people like me who wanted to hear the opera and other serious music)?"

We do not want to be left in a position that was worse than the one you found us in. We have had to buy special equipment (HD radios x 5—I think that the playing of serious music increases egg production). As our car is an older model with no plug for auxiliary input, we have learned to do without serious music when in the car (the CD player has also given up). It seems like years now, but it is still a sore subject.

I wrote back to Anonymous that I share his concern about any outage. They’re not unknown in broadcasting, but we absolutely want to minimize them. That’s a major reason for our launch of the recently-concluded Capital Campaign (and I thank Anonymous for his pledge to it). Our immediate concern at the time was getting it repaired as soon as possible. Now that it seems to be OK we’ll turn our attention to ways (if any) to keep this from happening again. After full power was restored, Anonymous wrote:

The restoration of beautiful music is always a beautiful thing.

Listener Laura wrote (and, listeners, by the way, a number of the words here are in ALL CAPS:

It's amazing to me, how a station can carry news stories about the TOTALLY liberal press. . . TO add to the bias this station....always interviewing the MOST Liberal of Newspapers & Universities! Sick of it & why did not contribute this year! You stated the other day that..."oh sure we have represented the other side" . Bologna!!! RARELY! what once/day. and inundated with ONLY NPR'S LI[B]ERALISM. ALWAYS the Wash POST IR NyTIMES are commentators!  Wise up and represent your listeners on BOTH Sides! Otherwise you are just MORE of LIBERAL, BIASED PRESS. . . This station would do A LOT better if HAD a syndicated mod-conservative broadcast once per day.

By the way, despite Laura’s comment about not contributing this year – she has never been a contributor to the station.

Our Spring Survey is still open – please fill it out and let us know your preferences. Find our more at whqr.org. Here are some more comments from the Survey:

Michael wrote:

don't repeat shoes on the weekend....too much (car talk)

Anonymous wrote:

I appreciate having the two channels (stations).

Andrea wrote:

Love having a local radio station that is so well rounded and enjoyable to listen to, as well as informative.

Anonymous wrote:

What is the cheapest ticket to the Met Opera? Probably much more than my donation!! And I listen each Saturday [afternoon] absolutely free.

Last week I mentioned that during our Take A Day Off campaign, we had several comments from people favoring “Morning Addition”, so we were thinking about adding a new show “Evening Subtraction”. The always-erudite Richard Elliott wrote back to ask if this could also be called “Fewer Things Considered.” Dang! Wish I had thought of that.

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