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Friday Feedback for April 13, 2012


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.

NPR appears to me to only be interested in the Israeli point of view. It would not be a great loss...if you cut your subscription to NPR News and saved WHQR the $200+ thousand that is paid to them. … The Diane [Rehm] Show, which usually has a more diverse view on the Middle East, is aired after the fact so it cannot allow call-ins from our listening area. I would double my subscription to WHQR, if, NPR got rid of their mainly Israeli/American, and mostly biased perspective on the Middle East. I refuse to support their perspective!

Listener Kristin from Arcata, California wrote to praise Saturday’s Magnolia Fatback Hour:

I'm listening on the Public Radio app from Northern CA and I love it! You are playing my record collection...plus some things I'd like in my record collection, like more Lowell George. Anyway, just wanted to let you know there are people way out here on the West Coast listening to you. Rock on!

Listener Rusty wrote:

While I enjoy the NPR news programs in the mornings and evenings, plus Car Talk and Garrison Keillor doing whatever, it is Classical Music that draws me to WHQR, and sometimes it is a lack of Classical Music that sends me elsewhere. I have learned to appreciate (if not always enjoy) opera, but Sunday Baroque (if it ain't Baroque, don't play it) is my most enjoyed programming, apart from Jemila in the mornings. So, please, less jazz, and NO ROCK! WHQR should be a haven from bad (so-called) music.

Listener Judy wrote:

My favorite shows are Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and This American Life. I also enjoy Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Fresh Air. And I'm a big fan of The Political Junkie. Also, when my husband and I wake up in the middle of the night, we love having the BBC to listen to.

Listener Roy wrote:

3 cheers to Joe for complaining about the endless inane "thank you's" listeners are subjected to by your entire staff. In fact the entire male staff likes to hear their voices entirely too much. One of them is obsessed with reminding us what time it is and the station call letters. Is there anyone out there today who doesn't know what station they are listening to or doesn't have access to the time of day from cell phone/iPad ,etc. Does the FCC require more than one call letters announcement each 30 minutes? Thank goodness we now have [other choices]. The entire Friday Comments segment is [also] annoying.

In response to listener Roy, giving the time when possible, and the station identifier more often, is in line with best practices at most public radio station, and is official station policy. So please don’t blame the announcers for that.

Meredith Brooks from Brevard wrote:

Whenever we are at Wrightsville Beach, we listen and we love your programming. Thanks for also soliciting feedback from your members, something not all public radio stations do.

Dr. Linda Siefert of UNCW wrote:

I always enjoy reports by Michelle Bliss. I found her report on Melissa Warren particularly interesting and well done. I like how it threaded together elements of human interest on how Ms. Warren positively deals with dyslexia and on how she exemplifies excellence in teaching, along with illustrating how beneficial the Teaching Fellows program has been to the teacher candidates it has supported and the students they now serve.

And that’s my cue to echo the sentiments of all of us here at WHQR to say how much we will miss Michelle Bliss, whose last day at the station was yesterday. Michelle, who is a graduate of the UNCW Master’s program in Creative Writing, will be working with a literary agent on a book project. Rachel Lewis Hilburn will be our interim news director while we search for a permanent replacement. We wish Michelle all the best and look forward to having her as a guest on Prologue very soon!

We’d love to hear from you on Friday Feedback, for your questions and comments, likes and dislikes about any aspect of the station. You can also send us feedback with with an email message. Or call our Feedback Phone: 910-292-WHQR (9477). And thanks for your feedback.