Friday Feedback for March 1, 2013

Mar 1, 2013

Thank you for taking such a balanced approach to what we all know is a volatile topic. -- Wilmington listener

Listener Mary Stephenson wrote on Wednesday:

Thank you so much Pat [Marriott] for your selection of music which is always enjoyed, especially today. I was in another part of our home  when I thought I heard the strains of Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. What lovely memories of Sunday Mass in Stockbridge, Hampshire, England. A lovely spot, so beautiful that approaching it, coming down the hill, one could almost hear the music of Sheep [May] Safely Graze. As I was still enjoying my memories you played Schuman's Scenes from Childhood. Wow, another memory from childhood at the Majestic theatre on Kowloon, Hong Kong in the late forties. One sat through Chinese advertisements, with Schumann's music in the background, before the picture was shown. That was my first introduction to Schumann's piece.

Thank you Mary, though we should point out that our classical music in the daytime is selected by our program manager, Bob Workmon. Pat’s music can be heard on Evening Concert, Mondays at 8 pm.

Listener Ginger88 wrote on our website last Tuesday:

It is pouring rain. However, I'm listening to beautiful music AND Bob Workmon. It doesn't get any better than this!

Listeners to yesterday's premiere of CoastLine, concerning Titan Cement, know that we made a special effort to ask for comments on the show for today's Feedback. Listener Nancy wrote:

I am impressed with the quality of Rachel Lewis Hilburn's presentation of this program regarding Titan Cement's coming to our area, BUT - Diane Rehm would never air a show about a controversial issue when only one side of the issue was represented by guests. Sadly, this program preempted her show. This issue is just about the only one I can think of that has equivalent interest and controversy, so it is hard to imagine that this show should be heard regularly. I offer kudos to all involved in production of this program but must say that I'm disappointed that it went forward without any representative from Titan. By the way, I am vehemently opposed to the opening of that cement plant.

As we noted on the air, despite repeated requests to Titan representatives and their supporters in the region, we could find no one willing to appear on the program. Our website's story prints in full an official response from Titan on why they chose not to join in. We debated long and hard whether to proceed. In the end we felt that it was our responsibility to focus on a story of great importance to our listeners, and to be as fair as possible to viewpoints and arguments in support of Titan. As a matter of fact, we received this email from a local professional who works with and supports Titan:

Congratulations on an excellent program! Rachel - you did an excellent job and it was obvious you really did your homework. Thank you for taking such a balanced approach to what we all know is a volatile topic. And thank you for reading the provided statement in its entirety. Your talent and professionalism [are] truly appreciated. I look forward to your next two programs and I hope this becomes a regular part of the WHQR-FM programming.

Listener Eric Hendrickson wrote:

I was quite uncertain if WHQR could really handle a program format such as CoastLine demanded. Take a did a superb job today. Even more so when considering this was your debut airing. I am looking forward to listening in as the weeks roll on.

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