Friday Feedback

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Listener Juanita of Carolina Beach wrote:

I seldom listen to HQR because I detest ‘chatter radio’, i.e. Talk of the Nation and Diane Rehm. And when I accidentally catch A Smooth Landing I do NOT recognize this as my station. I really enjoy Wait Wait. That’s my 2 cents, for what it’s worth.

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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We've received several messages about our recent debate on the Wilmington baseball referendum.

Listener Charles said simply:

Thanks for the debate WHQR!

Anonymous wrote:

Does whqr have a stake in the stadium tax?...your short news blip that just aired about the debate last night contained only information about and provided by the "vote no" faction.

WHQR's news department responded:

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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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This week’s comments are kind of a grab bag, including several from people who’ve made pledges in the last few weeks. Jason Crowgey says:

I love Science Friday and the Writer's Almanac. It's nice to live in a town with a public radio station.

John Earley says:

I miss Thistle and Shamrock!

Spring Harkins says:

My job is driving all day, and if it weren't for you guys I couldn't do it. I'm so happy this area has such a great public radio station.

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Brian Stange wrote:

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