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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Happy New Year to all our listeners! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and we look forward to bringing you great radio in 2016. Just like the old Mickey Mouse Club, we have different days here on Friday Feedback, and today, Mouseketeers, is another Gripe Day! Listener Jack called in during Wednesday’s Coastline to ask that our guests not use the word “suck” as a term of disapproval. He felt it cheapens our language to use it as a word for something ugly, and suggest the guests use “stink”...

I’m Cleve Callison, Station Manager of WHQR, here with a special holiday edition of Friday Feedback. [AUDIO CLIP: Feedback from “I Feel Fine”] Today’s Christmas Day edition of Friday Feedback consists of a single letter. This actually arrived in the mail – yes, the snail mail – earlier this week, and its from Norman Sprinthall in Caswell Beach. He writes: “All is forgiven” When you added the all day classical I was, to quote a phrase, “Bewitched, bothered” + you know the rest. Part of the...

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Last week’s 1-day December drive continues to have good repercussions. I’ll get to some some comments in a minute, but here’s a message from Food Bank Executive Director Beth Gaglione: I heard Cleve’s on-air message on Sunday thanking the community for their support of the one-day drive and mentioning the food bank. We are so happy to have been able to partner with you on this drive. It was wonderful exposure for the Food Bank and the work we do every day to provide food to people in need....

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Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s 1-Day December Drive. We’re pleased to support the work of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and we join with them in thanking Food Lion for donating 4 pounds of food for every pledge received. Here’s a typical reaction from the drive. James Jones of Wilmington wrote: It’s great to see the station & Food Lion helping feed the hungry at this time of year. We couldn’t agree more. Thank you, everyone. [AUDIO CLIP] This is...

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Listener Wendy wrote to Mary Bradley: Thanks for all you do to keep listeners on top of things. I look forward to receiving the [station’s] emails regularly. What’s happened to Friday Feedback ? It hasn’t been on air for several weeks. Happy Holidays, to everyone at WHQR. I wrote to Wendy: Happy Holidays to you as well! The short answer to your question about Friday Feedback is simply that the comments appear to have dried up. We don’t know if that’s because everyone is so happy with what we...

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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...

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! And at least one other listener...

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: Changing this week's line up of on-air personalities was so refreshing to me. Maybe you were moving people around to cover for someone's vacation but it was like a breath...

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: I had a chuckle this morning upon hearing that the theater at CFCC had to be emptied [Monday night] due to a smoke condition. What amused me was how the sentence was cast: that it...

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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: [AUDIO CLIP] I'm calling in reference to the announcement I heard this morning about 9 o'clock in reference to someone needing a radio. I have a radio that can help them -- they don't have to purchase it, they can have it. You just tell...

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