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.

Friday Feedback for January 24, 2014

Jan 24, 2014
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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.

Friday Feedback for January 17, 2014

Jan 17, 2014

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:

Friday Feedback for January 10, 2014

Jan 10, 2014
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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:

Friday Feedback for January 3, 2014

Jan 3, 2014

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:

Friday Feedback for December 27, 2013

Dec 27, 2013
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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:

Friday Feedback for December 20, 2013

Dec 20, 2013
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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?

Friday Feedback for December 13, 2013

Dec 13, 2013
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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!

And listener Maryann wrote:

Friday Feedback for December 6, 2013

Dec 6, 2013

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:

Friday Feedback for November 22, 2013

Nov 22, 2013
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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!

Friday Feedback for November 15, 2013

Nov 15, 2013
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Last week's "Fresh Voices" commentary by New Hanover High School student Eleni Stoycos impressed Wellington Souza. He left this comment on our website:

Friday Feedback for November 1, 2013

Nov 1, 2013

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

Friday Feedback for October 25, 2013

Oct 25, 2013
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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:

Friday Feedback for October 18, 2013

Oct 18, 2013

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.

Friday Feedback for October 4, 2103

Oct 4, 2013

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:

Friday Feedback for September 27, 2013

Sep 27, 2013
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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.

Friday Feedback for September 20, 2013

Sep 20, 2013
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Listener John wrote:

Friday Feedback for September 13, 2013

Sep 13, 2013

Listener Susan Hinger found a very creative way to give us feedback on something that we have been announcing. She wrote us a poem.

Friday Feedback for September 6, 2013

Sep 6, 2013
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This week we aired a 2-part series produced by WFAE in Charlotte about North Carolina’s film incentive program. It got some reaction.

Friday Feedback for August 30, 2013

Aug 30, 2013
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Listener Marvin wrote:

[Your] report on North Carolina public school salaries was interesting, but there was a huge gap in the coverage.

Friday Feedback for August 23, 2013

Aug 23, 2013
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The great pianist Marian McPartland passed way this week. Although she had not made any new recordings in recent years, her program Piano Jazz was the longest-running music show on NPR, and one that we carried for several years. Mary Virginia Swain posted on our website:

I listened to this show religiously when WHQR carried it. Such a delightful show, and Marian McPartland was a gem of a creative talent.

Friday Feedback for August 16, 2013

Aug 16, 2013
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Last week I played, without comment, a phone call from a listener who said that WHQR favors Christianity and feels that we should stop doing so. It prompted this response:

Friday Feedback for August 9, 2013

Aug 9, 2013
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Caroline Scudder wrote a nice handwritten note to us just prior to our July fund drive:

Friday Feedback for August 2, 2013

Aug 2, 2013

Our recent summer “Keep It Short” drive did end on the 3rd day, as we had hoped, and went over the goal. Many, many thanks to everyone who renewed or made a new member pledge. If you haven’t yet checked out the Bass Locator map created by Michelle Crouch, you owe to yourself to take a close look here. It’s a riot.

As is our custom, here’s a sample of comments that were sent in by phone or on the web:

Matthew Williams said:

[It's the] greatest thing on the planet- [the] last bastion of real journalism!

Friday Feedback for July 19, 2013

Jul 19, 2013
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Listener Carla wrote:

Friday Feedback for July 5, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

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.

Friday Feedback for June 28, 2013

Jun 28, 2013
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Listener Margo wrote:

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.

Friday Feedback for June 21, 2013

Jun 21, 2013

To the listener who last week said she didn’t like to hear criticisms on Feedback – quick, tune out while you still can!

Friday Feedback for June 14, 2013

Jun 14, 2013

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.

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Friday Feedback for June 6, 2013

Jun 7, 2013
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Listener Steve of Richmond, Virginia wrote about last week's Soup to Nuts concert:

Friday Feedback for May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013
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Listener Shawn wrote about an NPR story:

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.

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