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 Jeffrey wrote:

You could take a lesson from WFAE! I just moved here from Charlotte and was seriously disappointed with your station. I listen to NPR for news and stories, not classical music. There are other stations for that. I will not contribute to your station.

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A number of listeners wrote on our website about the proposed baseball stadium in Wilmington. I won’t go over them here, since the purpose of Friday Feedback is on WHQR’s operation, and not the issues we cover. But a couple of people commented on our reporting.

Steve H. wrote:

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Listener Jennifer wrote to us last week:

Although I'm often not a fan of the tracks selected, I AM a big fan of the idea and spirit behind Smooth Landing - which I consider to be an example of local programming at its best … I was blown away by the quality of music selected [recently] by guest host Jeremy Loeb - so much so that I wanted to write to say a) I hope you keep Smooth Landing as a part of your broadcast for a long time to come and b) … I hope to hear more of Jeremy's musical picks in the future. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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Listener Ken Brooks commented on our website about some listener feedback from last week. He writes:

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During our on-air fund drives we receive many comments along with pledges from listeners. Here’s a sample from our Summer drive, which ended Wednesday night.

Donna and Brian Shiro of Wilmington said:

I enjoy Morning Edition and Science Friday! Great station with great staff.

Mary Stephenson of Myrtle Beach said If she couldn't get her classical music, she would be in such a bind!

Suzanne and David Manning of Carolina Shores said:

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Listener Pauletta wrote:

I do not share the accolades I have been hearing for the TED Radio Hour.

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Nina Burrell wrote:

The thing I look forward to most about when I can retire is that I will be able to listen to more of [WHQR]. I am not a big fan of classical music but I appreciate that others are.

George Edwards of Wilmington wrote:

Good variety, considering the demands for balance. I would enjoy more evening jazz, .... I would also endorse these shows for consideration; Fiona Ritchie-Thistle & Shamrock (in addition to the new Celtic music show which is quite good), Mountain Stage, and Putumayo World Music.

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Maitri Libellule recently became a sustaining member of WHQR. She wrote:

I love it. I have it on most of the time here but my favorites are are ANYTHING Garrison Keillor, from The Writers Almanac, and of course Prairie Home Companion, the talk shows, and I love Car Talk. I like classical music but don't like the opera at all and usually turn it off then. But I appreciate so much you being there and all you do. Wish I could do more. Blessings to all of you.

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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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