Friday Feedback after a pledge drive is a good place to summarize listener comments, and since we ended our drive last Tuesday, here goes:
Janet Seapker and Edward Turberg said:
We belong simply to support the small amount of classical music you play. I do not like and do not listen to Dr. Furia's spot, Talk of the Nation, Diane Rehm’s Show and This American Life. We have grown less and less fond of Garrison Keiler's program--way too much profanity and discussion of bodily functions. I know about your surveys that demonstrate that classical music is less popular with your other listeners, but it is the basis for the establishment of the station.
Amanda Worley of Lake Waccamaw said:
I love the programming and have to chuckle when Cleve reads some of the comments on Feedback. You can't please everyone all the time. Some people just want to complain. I'm a sustaining member- been a member from the beginning.
Sherry Moore OConnor of Surf City said:
While Soup to Nuts and a Smooth Landing are my favorites I can't say there isn't a program I don't enjoy.
Ruth Brown said:
Absolutely wonderful station. Wilmington would be lost without WHQR
Jennifer Biser of Winnabow said:
I'm a high school civics teacher and I can't tell you the number of times I've said to my students, "this morning on NPR I heard this story how does it relate to what we're learning in class?" I know I'm a better teacher for listening to WHQR!
Darien Brooks said:
WHQR is part and parcel of Wilmington.
Diane and Craig Snow said:
My 16 year old son, Benjamin, chooses WHQR over every other radio station first thing in the morning and loves listening to Saturday opera. … Jamilla is the most awesome ZenDJ!
Joanne Eide of Winnabow said:
I'd love to have all-talk NPR programming, but, unlike many of your listeners, I think the current programming mix is most appropriate for this demographic. (I've been especially disturbed by the mean-spirited comments of disgruntled listeners. Perhaps they should move to Fox News or the new classic station). I'm a member for life.
Matthew and Caroline Williams said:
It's the only thing I trust in the world of commercial news. It's the last bastion.
Betsy Andronikof of Burgaw said:
I come from Paris, France to Burgaw every year and donate to WHQR.
John and Amy Beausang said:
We love all but the music, especially scary church music on Sunday.
Donald Micklos said:
Should work hard to stay out of politics.
Tommy Lanier said:
This is a lifeline! This is the only station that makes sense!
Stephanie and Riley Monteath said:
My parents stream the station in Mexico. I love it.
Cherry Horn said:
I still love WHQR and local programming, but I think recent programming changes are most of the reason for the current difficulties with this pledge drive. Many of my friends are switching to the new classics station in Wilmington because they prefer less talk and more music.
James and Elisabeth McNab said:
We like Phil Furia and please remind people the station was founded by opera and classical music lovers and that is important to know. We also like the variety of the station.
Kathleen Kowal of Rocky Point said:
I didn’t think I could get used to Diane Reems, but the show is so good that I like it.
Mary Carol Hogan said:
Diane Rehm is too liberal for my taste.
Kim Cannon said:
We appreciate every bit of it! Thanks for the response to listener feedback and constant improvements!
Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill said:
Congratulations for almost 28 years of service to Wilmington and surrounding community.
Wendy and Michael Bassett said:
I moved here from Vancouver, BC last year. I love everything about your station.
Hailey Brady said:
I don't particularly care for the Diane Rehm show (it's not the content) her voice makes me cringe...but not everyone has a radio voice.
Bill and Emily Vassar love Midday Cafe –
kudos to George and Phil.
Leigh Sturman said:
Love the programming! …. Most especially, I value the sense of community this station offers. I am a long time NPR listener while living in various cities and states. None have offered the combination of quality programming and dedication to community that I have found, and come to treasure in WHQR.
Ana-Cristina Jimenez of Rocky Point said:
Listening to public radio make me feel like a grownup!
Dale Holbrook said:
I want these Southern folks to know that Yankees are not all carpetbaggers.
Duncan McFadyen of Asheville said:
Greetings and good luck from the high country!
Roy and Suzanne Jameson of Wilmingon said:
Still quite enjoyable!
Rick and Brenda Dixon said:
Very good. Carry On.
And Beth Crookham said:
Here’s a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who contacted us during the drive. If you missed it, we still haven’t reached the 180-thousand dollar mark, and you can help us do that with your pledge at whqr-dot-org.
We’d love to hear from you on Friday Feedback, for your questions and comments, likes and dislikes about any aspect of the station. You can also send us feedback with with an email message. Or call our Feedback Phone: 910-292-WHQR (9477). And thanks for your feedback.