Friday Feedback

We’d love to hear from you on Friday Feedback. WHQR takes comments on all aspects of its programming and operations. Leave feedback by calling the station at 910-292-9477 or by emailing feedback@whqr.org. Your comments may be read on air during Friday's Morning Edition at 7:45 and 8:49 am, and during All Things Considered at 5:44 pm. As always, thanks for your feedback.

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Hunter Hatcher wrote:

I just wanted to tell you guys how much WHQR means to me. You guys have become a part of my life since I started listening 2 years ago. It makes me so happy, every day that I listen, knowing that there is a news source out there that cares about my (and my neighbors) well-being and knowledge. I would also like to send appreciation to all of the financial supporters to WHQR who make it possible for a broke college student like me to get solid, unbiased news. Forever indebted to you!

For those of you who are WHQR listeners and who are not Martians [blue], you know that we concluded our Fall 2015 drive this week. It was a success, going about $4,000 over our $140,000 goal, and ending on time. Here’s one of my favorite Feedbacks, from Kimberly Cook in Wilmington:

I love the station. It makes me feel like I’m part of this wonderful community.

Now for a couple of negative comments. John Sheehan said:

Do away with on-air pledge drives!

Thanks to vacation schedule and some minor health-related down time, we have rearranged some people’s times on air – you’ve heard Bob Workmon, Gina Gambony, Todd Patterson, Rachel Lewis Hilburn and yours truly taking guest slots, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria, you name it.

Listeners noticed. Anonymous wrote:

There are few things public radio listeners seems to like to more than wrestling with language usage. I’m the same way, and since I have this bully pulpit, I get to play (in the words of Dave Barry) Mr. Language Person and be a referee once in a while. We have a couple of good ones today.

Listener Bill DiNome wrote:

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A couple of weeks ago I read a message from Marilyn in Wilmington, saying that she was unable to work the programmable controls on a new radio. She wondered if a listener had an unused radio they’d like to part with. Listener Corinne responded to that request:

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Barbara and Tom wrote:

We are writing a fan letter to you. We can't tell you how happy it makes us listening to Gina [Gambony’s classical music] programs. She is so fun, so informative, and we love her taste in music. We look forward to her interviews, of course, too. There's an art to asking interesting questions and getting interesting answers. What can we say? She's an artist! Thanks for sharing her with us all.

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Isabelle Shepherd’s story on North Carolina hog farmers and state subsidies for methane production drew some comments on our website. Chris Weaver characterized subsidies for methane and solar, calling them

Rube Goldberg scheme[s] … by which State legislators craft law to spend our treasure to receive payback blessing from the lobbyists across the street.

It’s hurricane season, and that means coastal residents are alert to weather patterns developing in other parts of the world, including some Portuguese-speaking islands. But how do you pronounce V-E-R-D-E? Photographer, WHQR supporter and volunteer Paul Reinman set us straight:

Aaaaand ..... we're back with your questions and comments.

Listener James in Supply wrote:

The board made a big mistake in going from your core competency, [i.e. a] classical station to news. The airways are full of talking heads.

Anonymous wrote:

The greatest feedback of the past few weeks has been the fact that so many people joined together to push us over the top in our Stealth campaign. We finished 6 hours early, on Monday the 27th, and so we able to cancel our traditional summer marathon drive. We welcome all new and renewing members who contacted us by mail or web. Here are a few of their comments. Long-time listener and supporter Penelope wrote:

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June Gerken of Leland wrote:

Love the "stealth" campaign idea -- hope it's successful! Also love having the news station.

Thank you, June. We’ve been very pleased with the results of the Summer Stealth campaign so far. Thanks to all who have, like June, made comments with their pledges at WHQR.org. Most of today’s Feedback comes from that source.

Zaki Al-Meer of Hampstead wrote:

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Several days ago, listener Mackie wrote:

Listener Jonathan wrote:

I’m just 'shootin' you guys [some money] because I'm loving the night time music schedule. The Jazz has kept me from too much tv watching during the week, and Soup to Nuts, Smooth Landings etc have been so awesome lately too. Thanks for your sliver of sanity on a cluttered radio dial!!

Listen Yvonne wrote:

I found that by tuning my car radio to your music station while I was in Wilmington, I can still get it in/around Southport (smiley face).  I had been unable to tune into it from Southport.

Listener John wrote:

I have heard a couple of NPR segments lately devoted to music theory but only with examples from pop music or blues. However, I don't recall similar theoretical analyses of classical music, which in general is more complex. If NPR wants to explain music theory it should devote at least as much attention to classical music genres.

Listener Roger wrote to us on Saturday morning:

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.

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.

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'."

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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.

Wilmnigton StarNews

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.

Listener Scott wrote:

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!

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!

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:

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!

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:

Tracy Kellogg-Brodeur wrote:

I am so so thankful for Coastline!!!! Love love love the local focus! It's always so well moderated. Thank you for all you do for our community!

Ronald Cohen wrote:

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Kimberly wrote last week:

I listen to WHQR at work, and usually I listen off the NPR website because it streams (as opposed to downloading the mp3 file). Within the last month, the WHQR stream from the NPR website is the WHQR classical station. In case this is a mistake, just wanted to let you guys know - otherwise, often, the mp3 file won't play consistently from the local website.

In reference to last week’s CoastLine show on offshore drilling, Alina asked:

Where can we listen to the archived version of this if we missed it live?

For Alina and other: all of our CoastLine shows are archived, usually later on Wednesday afternoons. Each show is in three parts.

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Listeners reacted with approval to our recent announcement that Gina Gambony has been hired as our Classical Host. You hear her voice Tuesday - Friday between 9am and 1pm on Classical HQR, and at other times. Gloria Shirley wrote on our website:

Congratulations, Gina. I always knew you were destined for great things!

Jean D. wrote:

So happy to hear your news, Gina. It couldn't happen to a nicer person. Best wishes in your new venture.

Sue Abramsky and Harold Sparr wrote:

An anonymous listener wrote:

Your stations do such a good job. Recently on Sunday Baroque, you had a Galliard on with bongos, tambourine and acoustic guitar. Why not throw in a Hammond H3 and a Fender Stratocaster and a set of back up girls?....  I had to cut the radio off. Sorry.

Also last week, listener J. Tennille wrote on our website:

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