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Fri September 21, 2012

Friday Feedback for September 21, 2012

Paul from Oak Island wrote:

since i have not heard any disparaging remarks about [Diane Rehm’s] show recently; and since i have once again been cut off from the second hour of science friday because of her show; i am taking an opportunity to give you some feedback; again.
thank goodness for the internet, for so many things yes; but definitely for allowing me to switch to another public radio station at any time and specifically during the 3 o'clock hour so that i do not have to hear her voice.  i don't really care what happened to it, and i can and do certainly sympathize with her for whatever caused it- but it simply does not excuse the fact that it is completely inappropriate for a radio format as it is difficult- for me impossible- to listen to.  i'm sure she's top shelf and crazy smart; I'd recommend to her a blog or newspaper column; perhaps newsweek or time.
i will continue to listen to alternate public radio stations as long as she remains on your air and will never contribute to your station as a result, either.

Listener Owen wrote:

Please stop your biased reporting from NPR. They praised Obama for going on the David Letterman show while they blasted Romney for getting a "pass" on Fox News Network.  If they can't stop this warped trend, then delete them from your format.

Two weeks ago Ben Stange wrote to question NPR’s use of an audio clip from a delegate to the Republican Covention. Stange felt that the clip, in which the speaker said that Michelle Obama did not – quote – “look like a First Lady” – unquote – unfairly portrayed Republican delegates in an unflattering light. There has been some discussion from other NPR listeners on this point, and the NPR Ombudsman has addressed the issue in depth.

Pauletta of Wilmington wrote during the Republican National Convention:

The local news segment by Rachel Lewis Hilburn ran multiple stories of State Senator David Rouzer addressing the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in a way that struck me as unpaid political ads in his bid to unseat US House Rep. Mike McIntyre in the November election. When will Rep. McIntyre get an equal airing of his side of campaign issues?

In response, while we had interviewed candidate McIntyre in connection with an immigration story, our coverage was of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Candidate Rouzer did speak at the Republican National Convention, but Representative McIntyre had kept his distance from the Democratic National Convention. We did interview spokesman and entertainer Kal Penn in connection with the Democratic Convention.

Dan Bailey commented on our website story about our upcoming Partnership Challenge for the October fund drive:

[Are there] Only businesses [eligible]? No volunteers like usual?

I replied: "…not at all. Our primary goal is for non-profits to join in. But businesses are welcomed as well, and they will be encouraged to salute a non-profit in their underwriting if they win. We'll still have a need for individual volunteers for shifts that are not spoken for, and to help out during busy hours. Just drop a note to whqr@whqr.org and indicate when you'd be available. Thank you!"

Finally, listener John from Wilmington wrote:

morning news, fresh air, splendid table, [and] occasionally evening news are good.

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