Wendy Richards wrote:
I can't tell you how shocked and disappointed I was last Saturday to have the very dramatic and important end of the Met's broadcast of Aida cut off right at 5:00, to accommodate other programming.
Aida is a long opera, and this presentation was really spectacular and applause at the end of act II, and a problem backstage postponing the beginning of the last act may have contributed to the opera running long. However, for those of us who are opera fans, missing that conclusion was really difficult to experience. Hope that doesn't happen again… I'm new to southeastern North Carolina. I love WHQR, and am a member. This is my first disappointment. I just had to get it off my chest.
In response: the Metropolitan had told stations that based on earlier performances, last Saturday’s opera would end at 4:41 pm. Our equipment was set up accordingly to switch to All Things Considered at its usual time of 5:00 pm. This one ran unusually long between acts. When the operas run long, someone is going to be disappointed – either opera lovers or All Things Considered fans. We’ll look at ways to try to solve this problem.
A caller this week to the station objected to NPR’s coverage of the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh and his remarks on a college student and contraception. She pointed out that comedian Bill Maher has used objectionable language about Sarah Palin on his HBO show, and that NPR is showing bias in continuing to pursue a story from the previous week.
With our spring drive coming up in about 10 days, we’re starting to get a number of web pledges from people who will be entered in the drawing for an iPad. Here’s a sample of comments:
Benjamin from Chapel Hill wrote:
I really enjoy your programming when I make it down to the beach. You are good company at the ocean.
Terrence and Laura Caploe from Jacksonville wrote:
NPR is a wonderful source of news, music, and entertainment. Thank you.
Ann from Wilmington wrote:
[I] Enjoy Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Performance Today. [I] Don't enjoy Sunday Baroque. [And there's] Too much advertising of upcoming events.
Donna Giles of Shallotte wrote:
I am already a member … and this is a contribution to the Member Challenge Fund for the Spring Pledge Drive. There's not much I don't like about WHQR, but let me single out the Great American Songbook as a feature I especially love. I really appreciate that it originates from our local area!
Michael and Rochelle Havert of Southport wrote:
Overall very good -- especially [your] balanced approach to the news. Could do without Diane Rehm.
Janice and Richard Simms of Whiteville wrote:
WHQR is a 'mind saver' while traveling in my vehicle. All the programming is superior.
Michael from Leland wrote:
Terrific [but] Bring back Bob Edwards!!
Marilyn Meares wrote:
The programming keeps getting better. Nice mix of music and talk. [I] love Talk of the Nation, Diane Rehm, Science Friday, This American Life and Wait Wait...and most of the local programming. Thanks!
Gilbert and Holly Bowen wrote:
[We] rely on your news feed and enjoy the Saturday morning programming. We keep WHQR on for our dogs if we are out during the week. When we come home, we turn up the volume for Smooth Landings.
Anonymous, also from Southport, wrote:
Great! [You’re] Always on in the car. Most Saturday nights we listen to Prairie Home Companion. We went on the Alaskan cruise with Garrison a few summers ago.
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 an email message. Or call our Feedback Fone: 910-292-WHQR (9477). And thanks for your feedback.