Paul Reinman wrote last week during the hurricane:
It was great to hear local reporting of our storm threat on national NPR radio. Rachael Lewis Hilburn’s voice was easily recognized and I thought it was a local broadcast, and then was surprised to hear this was a voice on a national presentation. Good job! And then, it is always, great to hear George Scheibner’s music following. Paco Strickland will always be recognized as a great local performer.
I prefer public radio formats in which there are two stations--one news/talk programming and one music programming. Since the second WHQR station is HD (and not available to all), it makes sense to mix news and music programming on the flagship station. However, I'd love it if the music was more diverse--indie music, singer-songwriters, Alt-Latino, "college music." As it stands, the music programming seems almost entirely focused on older demographics.
We’ve been getting some comments and calls this week about Morning Edition sounding distorted at times, especially for Lumberton listeners. Our equipment is working correctly. What many are hearing is a phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting,” which can play havoc with FM signals. Graduate Fellow Jason Hess discovered a great online resources for “ducting” forecasts. Yesterday's map for Southeastern North Carolina, for example, showed us in a bright orange area, meaning “very strong” to “intense”.
Did someone from your station call me and ask right out blank for a … donation at approximately 9 pm on a weeknight? What is this about? I have in the past contributed your station during your pledge drives. Why are you calling me directly for a specific amount? Is this a scam? If not, and it was from your front desk, I am highly insulted.
We have really enjoyed the new morning announcer… Lovely voice. Smooth delivery. Congratulations!
We're also glad to have Ken Campbell on board as our new Morning Edition anchor. Ken will be working on that show and on CoastLine, our new local talk show which will debut on June 24th. You can find out more at whqr.org; look for People under the About tab.
Listener Chet Jordan from Lumberton wrote yesterday morning:
You have a wonderful staff of announcers. Jemila, George, Bob and Pat, Rachel to name but a few all have pleasing radio voices that invite you into their world and make you feel a part of the programming. It's lively, tasteful, colorful, funny, upbeat and always makes for a bright spot in any day when you listen to them. I especially like to hear Barbara Bush beat the bushes for cash during the fund drives. Her bombastic and motherly southern drawl always drives me to action and gets into my pocket.
As it happened we have been working on moving these feeds to a new, more stable server. The heavy rains and power outages Wednesday afternoon have taken their toll on our HD2 all-classical stream. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work on the problems.