Friday Feedback

Fridays, 7:35 am, 8:51 am, and 5:45 pm

Friday Feedback is our listeners' chance to tell us what you think about any aspect of the operations or programming of WHQR. Each week station manager Cleve Callison selects a range of comments representing viewpoints received. Most of them are presented without comment, but if there is a specific question asked we'll try to answer it.

The most meaningful comments, for us and for other listeners, are ones where you give us permission us to use your full name. But if you prefer we'll use first names only. If you miss Friday Feedback on the air, you can find it on the website each Friday morning.

You can submit your feedback in any of several ways:

  • When you make a pledge at whqr.org
  • Comments section on our member survey (the deadline for 2011 is December 31).
  • Letters to WHQR at 254 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.
  • Via email to feedback@whqr.org
  • Through our Feedback line, 910-292-WHQR (9477)

We value your input on Friday Feedback. Let us hear from you!

Listener Angela wrote on Tuesday: I was disappointed this morning to hear irresponsible framing of abortion numbers in your reporting. No concrete causation was offered in which you shared any data to support why abortion numbers in NC have dropped. However meaningless correlation between numbers dropping and [the proposed bill] forcing women to wait [72 hours] was mentioned by the reporter. This is part of a narrative and is dangerous and flawed. We do not know that forcing women to wait...

Of course our big news this week was the visit of Cokie Roberts to Wilmington on Wednesday. It was our largest fundraising event ever, with 500 people in attendance. Many thanks to event chair Stephanie Meyers, WHQR’s Mary Bradley and our great sponsors and table hosts, and of course Ben Steelman of the Star-News, Frances Weller of WECT , and Alexa Block of WWAY for their stories. Rich from Southport wrote: Absolutely wonderful interview with Cokie Roberts on Wednesday’s CoastLine show with...

Listener Anonymous of Oak Island wrote: It is currently 23:39 and you have your hideous strident Jazz program ruining another evening when people wish to be lulled to sleep. The radio would have been turned off a long time ago except for the BBC which follows. I am aware that I am not the only one unhappy with this daily abusive cacophony so we must be being abused to indulge some WHQR upper echelon exercising their 'Radio With Vision'." I love reading results from our Spring listener survey....

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Listener bicyclestreet wrote: Hello. Please stop your radio hosts from reading the national and world news topics that be will covered in the upcoming NPR programs. It’s too redundant. Many times the national news hosts already preview the upcoming story. It does not give our own news people more clout - it just sounds weird. I turn the radio off when I hear the Wilmington staff do this. This is a matter we have discussed internally. We believe that most listeners appreciate brief reminders...

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Last week I read a message from Scott, who was having trouble getting our webstream on his iPhone. On our web page M R W wrote: Scott could also try the NPR News app for listening on his phone. it has streams of both HQR stations and has always worked well for me. Many of our listeners will have seen the article, accompanied by a large photo, of George Scheibner that appeared in last Sunday’s Wilmington StarNews , written by Ben Steelman. When we linked to this on our Facebook page, there was...

Listener Scott wrote: First of all, WHQR is absolutely wonderful. I’ve been listening from day 1 and this current lineup/split station is the best yet. The only problem I run into is trying to listen! I like to listen on my iPhone at work and am having a problem keeping the stream from dropping, and also using the interface. When I first started using my iPhone to stream, when I hit listen on the whqr home page I got a nice little player that opened on my phone with a whqr logo. Now a sort of...

Listener Sanders wrote: I love ya'lls new format since the creation of the classical station!...now I can get talk or classical whenever I want plus great jazz and blues at night and still favorites like Smooth Landing and American Songbook! Listener Nancy wrote: There's a piece of music I hear every Saturday and I would love to know the name. [Last week] it was played at about 10:20 and it features piano and Hawaiian guitar, maybe steel. Thank you for your attention! Ken Campbell of our...

Listener AJ wrote last Friday: I just heard Cleve read Anonymous's very harsh criticism of the female staff's occasional silliness (shrillness??) during the recent fund raising week and I could not disagree more. WHQR's fundraising weeks are successful because they are fun, casual and listeners occasionally get to hear the normally very professional, serious staff -- male and female --being silly. We get to know them better, and that's a good thing. It might not work for every NPR station,...

Our Spring 2015 on-air fundraising campaign ended on Wednesday morning . Thanks to everyone who made pledges of support. I’ll get to some comments from the campaign in just a moment. But first, this from Don Eggert: I happened to hear one of Claude Howell's commentaries from back in the day [last] week on WHQR. I sure do miss them. It would be nice if you could make them a weekly feature (perhaps during the midday). Many of your newer listeners missed them. They are enjoyable, entertaining,...

Today we welcome some special visitors to Wilmington’s friendly shores. Staff members from many of North Carolina’s other public radio stations are in town for a conference on station growth. This is the first time in several years that the North Carolina stations have gotten together. Thanks to Jeff Hunter of our staff for his tireless efforts at putting this event together, and to the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach for hosting the group. We welcome our colleagues to town! We won’t...

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