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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Anonymous wrote:

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.

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Listener Dan let us know Wednesday at 4:38:

Your internet feed is down.

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.

Continuing our discussion of technical issues, this week Robert Welch wrote:

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Today is the day, boys and girls, when we deal with some technical issues. We are after all in the business of working with audio and computer technology all day long. Not all of these will affect every listener, but I hope they’re of interest.

Don Lund in Southport wrote:

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Forgive us, but we’re still basking in the glow of the Spring member drive which ended last week. Here are some more listener comments that came in during the drive:

Late in the drive Paul and Rebecca Reinmann wrote:

[We] have suggested following the Car Talk Guys approach - send in your pledges on a $5,000 and $10,000 bill, and we're there! Voila! We'd need only two more pledges at this rate.

Well, there ya go.

Margie McKinzie of Wilmington said:

As usual, our Spring pledge drive brought a lot of comments from people pledging. And also as usual, here’s a sample.

Christopher Posey of Bolivia wrote:

Your station is a shining beacon in a 'radio sea' of blandness.

Joanne and Mylie Durham of Kure Beach wrote:

I wish you had a show giving more analysis of North Carolina concerns like the voting rights changes, seismic testing, local education, etc.

Claudia Kell of Leland wrote:

At this time of year, as we prepare for our Spring pledge drive starting next week, we’re getting comments from people making early pledges. Catherine McFeeters of Baltimore wrote:

[I] Absolutely LOVE Smooth Landings! Will listen to it on my computer when not in the Wilmington area!!

Tim Marvin of Kure Beach wrote:

I really [enjoy] the commentaries, especially the one for [last] week by Philip Gerard.

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Last week’s Fresh Voices commentary by New Hanover High School student Patrick Peoples drew some reaction. Mary B wrote:

Terrific commentary - thank you for sharing your memories and challenges.

Walter James Duke wrote:

[I] wanted to express my appreciation to Mr. Peoples for sharing this and to thank WHQR for having the courage to allow Patrick's thoughtful and touching commentary on what is a often a very sensitive topic in our community. Thank you!

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In this week's big news, listeners all over the region were anxiously tuned in to WHQR on Sunday night to see if we'd do it yet one more time. Frequent correspondent Nancy Geimer wrote to us on Monday:

Yay!! RadioLab this week was a program we've never heard before, and we enjoyed it. We look forward to hearing another program that we've never heard before, next week! Thanks for all you do.

I wrote back to Nancy and asked if could use her name. Her reply?

Why not? I'm starting to feel like a minor celebrity!

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Listener Martyn, who had previously written to us about his growing tired of the word “eclectic”, noticed in a web page comment that we had done it again, on January 20th at 2:00 pm.

Remember how way back when – a week ago, in fact – listener Nancy wrote:

Are we expected to memorize the content of the Radio Lab show about the smoker who talks about giving $5000 to the Ku Klux Klan?

We promised to get repetition taken care of. I said as much on the air a week ago. By now you as an alert listener will have guessed that --

Remember how in the last couple of weeks, we’ve had lots of compliments about various aspects of the station? Well, just when you think you’re flying high…

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This is the other kind of Feedback.

Listener John wrote:

I live in Wilmington. Your broadcast has been stuttering for the last several weeks and very hard to listen to. What is going on?

Last week it was comments about music, this week it’s the technology help desk.

Listeners Bob and Cathy wrote:

We are trying to listen to Smooth Landings and cannot get the station to live stream during that show or at any time. The Classical station comes in but not George. We miss Smooth Landings and George and his guest DJs. It’s the best 30 minutes of music on the radio, period!

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We often get comments about news topics here on Friday Feedback. In this past week, it seems as if near all were about our music. Abigail Lanier wrote:

I enjoy the quality programing on WHQR, but one of the things I always enjoy listening for is the music between programing. I like to try and pick out the music bed under WHQR's hosts while they're announcing the time or weather. Recently, I've been so excited to hear such composers like Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen… High-five to whomever selects such music!

Jennifer Thurston wrote:

Listener Ashley enjoyed a recent film at Cinematique. She wrote to Mary Bradley, who oversees our participation in this joint venture with Thalian Hall:

Will you please run The Book Thief a few more days?! We missed it at the theatre and I wasn't able to go when you ran it.

Mary replied,

I wish we could, but we have films booked for all the available times this month and next.

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A listener called this week about what he felt was incomplete reporting by NPR on a story. He then added:

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You people ask for our contributions, and you seem to think that it’s easy for us to contact you. I had to look deep to get your telephone number. I want you to know that when you go online, you can’t get anything that says Contact or Feedback under NPR… there’s items in your stories that need to be questioned, and I would appreciate it if you made the effort to stop.

Several listeners reacted to a recent criticism of This American Life for a story about using pig intestines as a substitute for calamari. The original comment had found that segment, shall we say, distasteful. Listener Matt wrote:

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Listener Nancy, a sustaining member, heard last Saturday’s This American Life show on using sliced pig intestines as imitation calamari. Nancy wrote:

Happy New Year, everyone. We had a lot of nice comments that came into Feedback toward the end of the year. Here’s a listener with a comment about Season’s Griot, WHQR’s annual Kwanzaa program, distributed nationally by Public Radio International:

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For this week’s Friday Feedback, we’re looking back over 2013. As usual, we had our share of the complimentary, the critical, the unanswerable questions and the just plain weird. Here we go:

From January 4th: Our 20-years-plus program in national syndication, "Season's Griot," produced by Mary Bradley and hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson, inspired this from Faraha:

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Beverly Dean wrote to us on Wednesday about the noontime special we aired called Love is Better than Wine with the Tallis Scholars. Her response:

[It] is BEAUTIFUL and we have enjoyed every minute.  Will you be broadcasting similar music on Christmas day?

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Our series “Fresh Voices”, featuring commentators from 12 through 17, continues to generate interesting comments. A recent commentary on beauty by New Hanover High School’s Callie Hill drew this response from listener C. Schubert:

Inspiring insight relevant for women everywhere no matter their age! I'm grateful and renewed to hear such wisdom from so young a person. Best wishes to Callie Hill in her future endeavors!

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Listener Peg wrote to Mary Bradley about this past week's Cinematique film starring Robert Redford:

'All Is Lost' was tremendous! I'm still shaken up by Redford's marvelous acting. Am glad that your blurb tells us that Chandor was the writer-director of Margin Call which was one of the best ... films I can remember seeing. I wish it could be presented here again! GREAT that the [Metropolitan Opera] is returning [this weekend]! Thanks so much for all your efforts!

Listener Daniel Gunn wrote us on Wednesday:

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Listener AD wrote in concerning our Myrtle Beach signal at 98-9:

I am very pleased to hear your station come in clearly, something I could not do in my car before at all. At home on the north end of Myrtle Beach, I could listen clearly only sporadically. Thanks for your pleasing format, and keep up the great work!

Fidias Reyes

Last week's "Fresh Voices" commentary by New Hanover High School student Eleni Stoycos impressed Wellington Souza. He left this comment on our website:

We were contacted by a number of listeners regarding signal problems on the air which began last Saturday morning.

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Jim Downey wrote about last Friday’s Smooth Landing:

George is playing Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi tonight and that is some of nicest, happiest music on the planet. Amazing that it comes from Zimbabwe, which is one of the poorest and most depressing country in the world. Thank you so much!

Listener Miguel wrote:

Listener 910-777-XXXX said:

You need to stop claiming you don't run commercials. You most emphatically do run commercials, constantly. You simply insult the intelligence of your listeners by calling them euphemisms instead of commercials. Don't do that.

Listener Elizabeth wrote:

Bob Workmon never fails to make me smile. Of course he is always professional but his ability to add subtlety to his morning reading is greatly appreciated.  Case in point is the way he reads "In a World" as a voice over actor, is marvelous.

A listener who wants to remain anonymous sent this to our Feedback Comment Line:

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Listener Debby Creasy wrote:

[I] Just wanted to thank you for your great event [Sunday] in the park [the Ice Cream Social]. I enjoyed talking with your staff I already knew and meeting some I knew by voice and name only; it was great to be able to put faces and names together. It was a wonderful community gathering and fun to mingle with so many folks who all love and support WHQR. And the ice cream was fabulous. Can't wait for next year! Thanks again for a wonderful event and for all you do to make WHQR the wonderful station that it is.

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Listener John wrote:

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