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.
While I appreciate the thought behind your … community commentaries, as a woman, I am appalled at the many sexist and simplistic commentaries from local women on your station. Most support stereotypes about gender and/or Southern women, and invariably deal with superficial and demeaning subject matter …. I understand the desire for the station to air local voices, but surely [WHQR] could air instead commentaries … that do not contribute to the sexism and stereotyping so prevalent in this society.
We’ll start today with Margaret Crites’s interesting take on Feedback itself. She posted on our Facebook page:
I know it is important to get feedback from your listeners, but I have to say I actively avoid hearing this segment on Friday mornings. Some of the complaints seem so unfounded as to make me dislike people in general before my day has even started.
I have an issue with the news that was broadcast on [May 13th]. The report involved the conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell on three of the murder charges on which he was tried. The newsreader stated that the doctor “allegedly” snipped the spines of the three babies who were born alive.
I’ve spent some time this week looking over some the comments made by listeners when they pledge at whqr.org. Here’s a sample:
Eldon of Myrtle Beach wrote:
I enjoy the music offerings and the educated radio personalities I encounter, no matter the time or day. Even 'Car Talk' is a welcome change from the idiotic chatter that clutters most every other option on the air.
We read a lot of listener comments during our on-air fund drives. But we also get pledges and comments year-round. Here are some that I found from people who pledged after our drive ended on March 27th:
Catherine Powell wrote:
I love the talk, education, commentary, and entertainment programs: Wait, Wait; Car Talk; This American Life; Diane Rehm; Prairie Home; and news.
Judith Erickson of Southport wrote:
[I] Love "Car Talk" "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me'", "Fresh Air", "Science Friday", etc.
NPR is discarding the enlightening, wonderful program, Talk of the Nation and Neal Conan, the fine unbiased, gentleman journalist. This program made me feel NPR was fair and balanced but I know differently especially highlighted when 91.3 brought in Diane Rehm, who no NPR employee can honestly say is fair and balanced, just too much to ask of most of today's journalists. This is a great loss. Shame on NPR.