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!

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An anonymous listener sent this:

sewing...cooking chili...loving my dog...and listening to great jazz on a saturday night...thanks whqr :)

Listener Peter sent in a pledge with this note:

Being 70 years old, I don't have a lot of extra cash, but I listen almost every day at some point.

Listener Joanna Puritz wrote on Wednesday night:

What has happened to Smooth Landing?? That is about the corny music I have heard. Once in awhile but Honky Tonk for a Smooth Landing is not Smooth.

Barbara and Patrick Raynor were winners of a Bald Head Island vacation weekend in an on-air pledge drive. They recently sent us a photo and this message:

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Listener omenseeker left this comment on our website:

i love everything about whqr. i can always rely on you to deliver the news without any bias, which is almost impossible to find nowadays. the music is first-rate, click and clack never fail to amuse and will shorts puzzler on sundays are a must! i also enjoy cleve callison's listener's feedback on fridays. keep up the good work by keeping us plugged into the world.

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Note: the Friday Feedback that aired on 10/19/12 was edited for length. This is a longer version.

Listener John from Wilmington wrote:

Smooth Landings is great, give that guy a beer. Please drop Friday Feedback, [Wilmington] traffic is frustrating enough. Keep up the good work.

And Helen Solomon wrote in favor of:

less of the Friday Feedback [and] more programming.

On the other hand, Roy Patterson said:

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Note: the Friday Feedback that aired on 10/5/12 was edited for length. This is the original version.

Listener Rachel contacted us Saturday about a problem with Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me – the program began with a repeat of the previous week’s show. WHQR along with a number of other stations were caught unawares by this error, which originated somewhere in the network and was impossible to fix in progress. It was quickly corrected, and the remaining 2 thirds of the show, as well as the Sunday repeat, went on as scheduled. Thanks, Rachel.

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Note: The Friday Feedback that aired on WHQR 9/28/12 was edited for length. This is the expanded version.

Last week we aired a strong criticism of the Diane Rehm show by listener Paul. It prompted a number of objections. Ian Brown of Wilmington wrote:

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Paul from Oak Island wrote:

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Note: this is an expanded version of Friday Feedback that aired on 8/31/12.

Linda Lashley wrote:

Thank you for all of your fine programming. I so much enjoyed the Ted Talk discussions on Sunday at 6 p.m.; however, you carried that program for such a short time. … Please reconsider.

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Listener Blaine says:

More bluegrass! I am from the mountains.

Rinda left a web comment on Jemila Ericson's interview with Cathy and Bill Furpless of the Historic Amuzu Theatre in Southport, hosting Rock ‘n Roll Is Here to Stay!:

Loved your interview! Both of you sound great on the radio! Can't wait to see the show!! Love that era of music!

Listener Richard Veit wrote:

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A number of listeners wrote on our website about the proposed baseball stadium in Wilmington. I won’t go over them here, since the purpose of Friday Feedback is on WHQR’s operation, and not the issues we cover. But a couple of people commented on our reporting.

Steve H. wrote:

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During our on-air fund drives we receive many comments along with pledges from listeners. Here’s a sample from our Summer drive, which ended Wednesday night.

Donna and Brian Shiro of Wilmington said:

I enjoy Morning Edition and Science Friday! Great station with great staff.

Mary Stephenson of Myrtle Beach said If she couldn't get her classical music, she would be in such a bind!

Suzanne and David Manning of Carolina Shores said:

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Listener Pauletta wrote:

I do not share the accolades I have been hearing for the TED Radio Hour.

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Nina Burrell wrote:

The thing I look forward to most about when I can retire is that I will be able to listen to more of [WHQR]. I am not a big fan of classical music but I appreciate that others are.

George Edwards of Wilmington wrote:

Good variety, considering the demands for balance. I would enjoy more evening jazz, .... I would also endorse these shows for consideration; Fiona Ritchie-Thistle & Shamrock (in addition to the new Celtic music show which is quite good), Mountain Stage, and Putumayo World Music.

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Maitri Libellule recently became a sustaining member of WHQR. She wrote:

I love it. I have it on most of the time here but my favorites are are ANYTHING Garrison Keillor, from The Writers Almanac, and of course Prairie Home Companion, the talk shows, and I love Car Talk. I like classical music but don't like the opera at all and usually turn it off then. But I appreciate so much you being there and all you do. Wish I could do more. Blessings to all of you.

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Listener Chet Jordan wrote:

Folks, The past several days have been a problem with the [Lumberton] translator with so much static that it is difficult to keep the station tuned.  Have you considered asking WFSU or WUNC to take over the control of this translator as a service to the folks in the Lumberton area?

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Listener Sally of Oak Island wrote:

Andrew Dabbs wrote:

I observe that WHQR/NPR coverage and commentary on the recent Big Gulp regulations by Mayor Bloomberg focuses on beverage company opposition to the regulation - the classic evil corporation vs defenseless consumer paradigm. No one seemed to express any shock or outrage at the fact that municipal government is telling adults that they can't drink a particular beverage from a particular size cup.

Listener Joanne from Southport wrote:

This morning (May 24) shortly before 10:00, I heard a recording on your station that I really liked and went to your website to find it on a playlist. However, there was no current playlist available that I could find. The latest playlist available was for yesterday, May 23. Do I have to wait until tomorrow to find out what the recording was? (I missed the ending, where the announcer provides this info.) Don't you provide a current playlist?

Listener Shaun Colley wrote in response to a recent story produced by Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values:

As much as I enjoyed the information I found the story lacking.

Listener Beth wrote:

Listener Michele wrote earlier this week:

I'm back from a week's vacation, and picking up some Feedback from the last two weeks.

Listener Madeline wrote:

I'm glad to know that the station does not screen their comments from listeners, but sometimes I think "what a bunch of whiney people. Go ahead and listen to another station. We know you aren't giving anyway!" [The people at WHQR] are doing a great job.

Nancy Geimer wrote:

Listener Francesco wrote: "I am a European living in Wilmington, and I listen to NPR. Sometimes I ask myself how it is possible that in America Jazz is so little broadcast?..."

Especially on week ends when there is so little to watch on tv at night. Yes because Jazz is the music for the night!  Instead classical music covers most of the day and nights. It's really strange that people have to hope to listen to Jazz in America, the country where Jazz was born!

Alex Brewington wrote:

Listener Nick wrote: "There are many programs that I enjoy, but NPR's coverage leaves much to be desired. They are biased, [and] lack objectivity, and journalistic integrity.

Listener Joe Lynne wrote:

Cleve's constant, never-ending "thank yous" to the 1754 donors for this past pledge drive are worse than listening to a broken record...

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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.

Before we begin, I wanted to pass along a quotation I encountered this week in one of my favorite blogs. It’s from the great American poet Robert Frost:

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

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Listener Dan wrote:

For the second year running, one of your announcers has referred to Presidents Day as Washington's Birthday. I pointed this out last year, but

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This is an expanded version of Friday Feedback that aired February 17th. Listener Sonja wrote:

My husband and I will become members as soon as your management starts downplaying the panhandling and pomposity. 

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Listener Lynn wrote:

I am a long time supporter and listener of your station, enjoying most your morning news, afternoon news, all things considered segments.  I am independent, politically, leaning towards conservatism...

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