Diane Rehm

Ronald Cohen wrote:

I fail to understand why scarce resources are expended on a call-in show that is delayed broadcast and whose topicality is stale by the time it is aired. [Tuesday’s Diane Rehm] broadcast was about Iraq and the Maliki crisis, some of which had become out dated by 3 PM.

Mr. Cohen has identified a problem that does concern us. In the next few weeks you’ll be hearing more about our response to this concern. Stay tuned.

Wendy & Jerry Fingerhut are Executive Director and Treasurer respectively of Opera Wilmington. They wrote to Gina Gambony following a report and interview last week:

Thank you SO MUCH, Gina, for this wonderful interview and exposure for our new opera company, Opera Wilmington, showcasing the fabulous homegrown and local talent.

And Artistic Director Nancy King of UNCW wrote:

This has been quite a week at WHQR. For about four days, we were plagued with network outages and slowdowns that disrupted everything from recording network shows to seeing web pages to answering emails. It’s frustrating when someone sends you a message asking “What’s wrong?” and we can’t even reply to tell them. Thank goodness for Facebook and Twitter.


Long-time friend of the station Bo Biggs of Lumberton was concerned enough about a recent Diane Rehm show that he wrote a detailed criticism. Here are some excerpts:

As a long time listener of WHQR, I can appreciate the balancing act of views as over the years, the station has ventured into more talk vs. music, using the many excellent NPR programs. In that reflection, I have always maintained that a balance of views, be they the left or right, Democrat or Republican, or more close to home, Titan Cement’s pros or cons, be discussed.

Gary Knell, the new President of NPR, was a guest on the Diane Rehm Show on Thursday, June 7th to discuss the future of NPR, including financing, competition for audience and changing technology. Knell answered questions from Diane and took listener calls. You can listen to the show or read a transcript. From their website:

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 Jacqueline wrote:

I still miss the second hour of Talk of the Nation and Bob Edwards Weekend.

Listener Jay wrote on Wednesday of this week:

Why aren't you airing Bruce Springsteen's keynote address from the [South by Southwest] music festival in Austin TX tomorrow (Thurs) at 12:00 Central Time? All the publications say it is going to broadcast live on NPR.

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.


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


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.