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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Listener Chet Jordan wrote:

Folks, The past several days have been a problem with the [Lumberton] translator with so much static that it is difficult to keep the station tuned.  Have you considered asking WFSU or WUNC to take over the control of this translator as a service to the folks in the Lumberton area?

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Listener Sally of Oak Island wrote:

Andrew Dabbs wrote:

I observe that WHQR/NPR coverage and commentary on the recent Big Gulp regulations by Mayor Bloomberg focuses on beverage company opposition to the regulation - the classic evil corporation vs defenseless consumer paradigm. No one seemed to express any shock or outrage at the fact that municipal government is telling adults that they can't drink a particular beverage from a particular size cup.

Listener Joanne from Southport wrote:

This morning (May 24) shortly before 10:00, I heard a recording on your station that I really liked and went to your website to find it on a playlist. However, there was no current playlist available that I could find. The latest playlist available was for yesterday, May 23. Do I have to wait until tomorrow to find out what the recording was? (I missed the ending, where the announcer provides this info.) Don't you provide a current playlist?

Listener Shaun Colley wrote in response to a recent story produced by Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values:

As much as I enjoyed the information I found the story lacking.

Listener Beth wrote:

Listener Michele wrote earlier this week:

I'm back from a week's vacation, and picking up some Feedback from the last two weeks.

Listener Madeline wrote:

I'm glad to know that the station does not screen their comments from listeners, but sometimes I think "what a bunch of whiney people. Go ahead and listen to another station. We know you aren't giving anyway!" [The people at WHQR] are doing a great job.

Nancy Geimer wrote:

Listener Francesco wrote: "I am a European living in Wilmington, and I listen to NPR. Sometimes I ask myself how it is possible that in America Jazz is so little broadcast?..."

Especially on week ends when there is so little to watch on tv at night. Yes because Jazz is the music for the night!  Instead classical music covers most of the day and nights. It's really strange that people have to hope to listen to Jazz in America, the country where Jazz was born!

Alex Brewington wrote:

Listener Nick wrote: "There are many programs that I enjoy, but NPR's coverage leaves much to be desired. They are biased, [and] lack objectivity, and journalistic integrity.

Listener Joe Lynne wrote:

Cleve's constant, never-ending "thank yous" to the 1754 donors for this past pledge drive are worse than listening to a broken record...

Friday Feedback after a pledge drive is a good place to summarize listener comments, and since we ended our drive last Tuesday, here goes:

Janet Seapker and Edward Turberg  said:

Listener Jacqueline wrote:

I still miss the second hour of Talk of the Nation and Bob Edwards Weekend.

Listener Jay wrote on Wednesday of this week:

Why aren't you airing Bruce Springsteen's keynote address from the [South by Southwest] music festival in Austin TX tomorrow (Thurs) at 12:00 Central Time? All the publications say it is going to broadcast live on NPR.

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Wendy Richards wrote:

I can't tell you how shocked and disappointed I was last Saturday to have the very dramatic and important end of the Met's broadcast of Aida cut off right at 5:00, to accommodate other programming.

Before we begin, I wanted to pass along a quotation I encountered this week in one of my favorite blogs. It’s from the great American poet Robert Frost:

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

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Listener Dan wrote:

For the second year running, one of your announcers has referred to Presidents Day as Washington's Birthday. I pointed this out last year, but

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This is an expanded version of Friday Feedback that aired February 17th. Listener Sonja wrote:

My husband and I will become members as soon as your management starts downplaying the panhandling and pomposity. 

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Listener Paul wrote:

Please move the Diane Rehm show off of WHQR or to a late night time slot. My afternoon commute is ruined now that I have to choose between right-wing propaganda and the left-wing Rehm.

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Listener Lynn wrote:

I am a long time supporter and listener of your station, enjoying most your morning news, afternoon news, all things considered segments.  I am independent, politically, leaning towards conservatism...

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Susan Smith Sims wrote:

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[A section of this post and corresponding audio has been deleted that incorrectly identified a contest winner's prize].

Last week I read a number of comments from listeners who had bones to pick with us. This week, we’ve had many fewer comments, and I used the opportunity to go back and see what people wrote to us who contacted us by web pledges during our one-day drive in December. And that reminds me to address an issue I have heard a number of people ask about, and that’s the selection of comments to read.

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Thank you to the members of the Thursday Morning Music Club. They invited me to speak to them yesterday. They had some very nice comments about the station and some very interesting questions.

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Note: We received so much Feedback this week that we couldn't get it all on the air. The text below, and the audio, include segments edited out of the on-air version.

We introduced a few program changes to our weekend lineup last week. A listener who wishes to remain anonymous wrote:

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Last Saturday at seven minutes after 10 am we received this email from listener Harry:

WHERE IS CAR TALK?! And WHAT is this TOTAL religious CRAP you are foisting upon us!

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a live broadcast from King's College in Cambridge, England. It has been broadcast at 10 am on Christmas Eve ever since WHQR signed on in 1984. We have included this as one of several holiday-related specials scheduled at this time of the year, which have been publicized on the air and on our website for several days.

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NOTE: We have a brand new number for our Feedback line: 910-292-WHQR. That’s 910-292-9477.

Listener Howard Bollinger, who had pledged in October, wrote this:

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The week after a fund drive is a very good one for getting lots of feedback. Listeners who called or wrote in to our one-day drive on December 8th had some interesting comments for us and for our partners, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. For every pledge, Build Pro donated a standard 2x4 to be used to construct a Habitat house next spring.

Robert Sherman and Lucy Sherman of Hampstead said:

Leave the BBC alone.

Deborah Ullmer of Wilmington said:

I listen to it every am and my husband and I don’t know what we would do without it.

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A listener who describes himself as a 20-year fan says:

I'm a long-time listener and generous supporter who begins my day at 5AM listening to Morning Edition.

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Listener Paul from Oak Island is not a fan of Diane Rehm. He tweeted:

...sure do wish [Science Friday] was still 2-4pm! . . . thank goodness for podcasts!

And we had a similar message from Ron Cohen, but he prefers that her show

...should be dropped and music substituted. Less irrelevant and purposeless ventilation and more life-affirming music.

Listener Bob wrote what he called his “humble opinions”:

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You may have noticed that the last few weeks’ Feedbacks have had us basking in compliments. Maybe it’s the change from Daylight Saving Time, but we have several of the other kind today.

Listener Melissa called to say she is feeling grumpy about WHQR. She described herself as a longtime listener who donates regularly.

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