Friday Feedback

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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!

Friday Feedback for June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015

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.

Friday Feedback for June 5, 2015

Jun 5, 2015

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.

Friday Feedback for May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015

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'."

Friday Feedback for May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015
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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.

Friday Feedback for May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015
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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.

Friday Feedback for April 24, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

Listener Scott wrote:

Friday Feedback for April 17, 2015

Apr 17, 2015

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!

Friday Feedback for April 10, 2015

Apr 10, 2015

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, but it works here in oh so casual Wilmington. I say keep it up, I love it!

Friday Feedback for April 3, 2015

Apr 3, 2015

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:

Friday Feedback for March 20, 2015

Mar 20, 2015

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!

Friday Feedback for March 13, 2015

Mar 13, 2015

Last week I read a letter critical of using popular culture like movies and cartoons to water down classical melodies the real thing. I played a short excerpt from a Warner Brothers Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny cartoon to illustrate the idea, and asked for comments from listeners.

Listener Susan from Shallotte agreed with last week’s writer. She wrote:

Gwenyfar Rohler

Simple and meaningful holiday memories by Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Sweater Girl

Dec 18, 2014
Fidias Reyes

Many have a festive Christmas look when we go out and about: Sprig of holly the lapel, Christmas tree earrings or Christmas jingle bells as a necklace.  Our furry four legged friends are sporting seasonal apparel too.  Or a least some of them are, says commentator Nan Graham.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Swamp Fox

Dec 9, 2014
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During a recent walk in a Brunswick county forest, commentator Andy Wood was entertained and amused by the hunting antics of a swamp fox.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

COMMENTARIES ON WHQR DON’T NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF WHQR RADIO, ITS EDITORIAL STAFF, OR ITS MEMBERS.

Income Inequality

Dec 2, 2014

Fresh Voices on Air commentator, Alexei Affemann contemplates the issue of income inequality.

Alexei Affemann is 17 years old and attends Hoggard High School.  He aspires to become an aerospace engineer.  Alexei is passionate about travelling and watching documentaries.  He volunteers with Beta Club and is a junior volunteer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

Gwenyfar Rohler

We live in an age where information is currency, says Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler.  Having everything at our fingertips is something we are willing to pay mightily for, but also expect as a foregone conclusion. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares the peculiar blog postings from her neighborhood friends. 

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Post-Halloween Perspective

Nov 12, 2014
Andy Wood

Now that Halloween and our nation's mid-term elections are over, Commentator Andy Wood has some thoughts to share, about knowledge, relevance, and choosing global priorities.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.  He has been sharing his natural history thoughts and observations on WHQR for 27 years. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Sixty-Six Million

Nov 4, 2014
Fidias Reyes

Fresh Voices on Air commentator Shelby Hudson explores the freedoms we have compared to those of girls living in oppressive situations.    

Shelby Hudson is 15 years old and a sophomore at New Hanover High School.  She is a member of the New Hanover High School women's golf team and plays for the Cape  Fear volleyball national team.  Shelby hopes to gain admission into University of Pennsylvania's neonatal nurse practitioner program.   

A Mere 12 Days

Oct 28, 2014
Annie Gray Johnston

After many years of diet failure, commentator Annie Gray Johnston successfully completes a 12 day cleanse.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

In the wake of student protests in Colorado over what is perceived as censorship in teaching American history, Fresh Voices on Air commentator Sam Jarden shares his thoughts on a letter sent recently by the New Hanover County School Board to parents. 

Sam Jarden ponders the ways of humankind as a senior at Hoggard High School in Wilmington.

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices on Air commentator and you're between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR.org

From Wildfire to Flood

Sep 9, 2014
Andy Wood

A few years ago we were talking about drought.  This summer the topic is flooding.  Commentator Andy Wood has a few thoughts about our new weather norms. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

If you have a question about today’s commentary, ask Andy in the comment box.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

                    

Tweet! Tweet!

Aug 14, 2014
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Are the sounds of birds the same as those heard over a hundred years ago, asks commentator Nan Graham? Or do our 2014 ears interpret them as soundtracks of cellphone rings, techno music and doorbells?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.  

See What We Want To See

Aug 5, 2014
Andy Wood

There is a saying that goes something to the effect of, “we see what we want to see, and we hear what we want to hear.”  Commentator Andy Wood finds himself vulnerable to this predisposition.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Magnolia Murder

Jul 17, 2014

Tree-hugger and commentator Nan Graham underwent a painful arboreal experience last week, suffering separation anxiety.  Her favorite magnolia tree has gone to that great magnolia grove in the sky.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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Commentator Gwenyfrar Rohler discusses money, politics and life lessons in the land of Oz.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.  

Annie Gray Johnston

Sometimes life is really about just showing up.  At least according to commentator Annie Gray Johnston.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Me, Me, Me, Meeee...!

Jun 19, 2014

It is a linguistic epidemic…a plague among us.  OK. So it’s not exactly on the level of saving the elephants, but commentator Nan Graham wants to restore the abused objective pronoun to its rightful place. 

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Under the Surface of Homelessness

Jun 5, 2014
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Fresh Voices on Air commentator Elaine King explains why homelessness is such a complex issue.   

Elaine King is a senior at Hoggard High School where she is a member of the National Honors Society, President of Beta Club, and Activities Coordinator for EC Buddies. Her favorite non-profit organization to volunteer with is the "Tuesday Night Feeding Ministry". She will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall.

Commentator Gwenyfrar Rohler offers a more symbolic explanation of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem: The Charge of the Light Brigade.  

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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