Last week we aired a clip from a caller to CoastLine who complimented us on having a conservative on the show, and went on to say that he generally thought we were “90 percent liberal.” Listener Bo wrote:
I’ve been a regular listener since the early 1990’s, and for years was a twice a year contributor. Because of the increasing liberal bias that I encountered over the years, I finally went on the entitlement plan that you seemed to endorse in your political leanings. I listen to you daily, but don’t give a dime, and don’t feel badly about it because you are so unaware of your liberal slant. It’s not difficult to look at your news line up, to show you examples of this bias. The Diane Rehm show is a prime example. She generally has 3 to 4 panel members and occasionally one will have a conservative prospective, but most of the time it is four liberals singing the progressive song. That includes Diane, who never saw a liberal issue she couldn’t support. Terry Gross never has any guest you could label conservative, but she is quite capable of finding left leaning individuals that can promote liberal ideals all day long... When you say “this is not a liberal radio station”, who are you trying to convince, me or yourself?
Where [are] your news programs that counter balance the Diane Rehm & Terry Gross shows. You don’t need to have Rush Limbaugh, but you are a US government sponsored network, and my tax dollars do deserve a few conservative thoughts. I watch/listen to political programs on both sides of the spectrum, but it is sad that NPR/WHQR is my liberal perspective when it should be nonpolitical. If you would like for me to sit in with you and point out the lack of balance, I’ll be happy to accommodate. But more importantly, if you want my support, you’ll need to find that balance or I’ll continue to listen on the entitlement plan.
I wrote back to Bo. Briefly, I told him that I stand by Rachel’s statement that “We are not a liberal radio station.” Recently several local conservatives have told us how much they appreciate our balanced coverage of local issues. That is something that we take very seriously. Diane Rehm and Terry Gross are not produced by us, but our listeners want them, and we believe they perform a valuable public service. Conservative voices on Diane’s program are treated with respect and civility even as other guests (or Diane) may disagree.
Devon Gedney wrote:
I just love WHQR. [I] loved the “old” station but really love the new two station format. I think there is tremendous talent on this station and WHQR is part of what makes Wilmington such a wonderful place to live.
MaryAnn wrote that the station
keeps me informed in so many arenas!
And Letty Wilder wrote:
We cannot pick up 96.7 in Myrtle Beach, but are grateful to receive it via the TuneIn radio application. We love WHQR!
Listener Suzanne wrote:
I did not contribute to the pledge drive this year because since you split into two stations, I am no longer able to tune in to classical music. Because of the pay it forward program, I am making this small contribution … to qualify to receive an HD radio so that I can once again enjoy classical music out here in the cultural wastelands.
I’ll remind listeners again that if you who would like to hear Classical HQR on 96.7 but are having difficulty, there is a solution for you – an HD Radio which will pick up the HD2 signal of 91.3 – that’s our Classical HQR signal. This works very well. Station members can even be eligible for a free HD radio through our Pay It Forward plan. Discover more at whqr.org. And the first shipment of those radios under Pay It Forward should go out next week.