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Friday Feedback for November 22, 2013

Tim Warner, Consulting Engineer
WHQR is one of Wilmington's most valuable assets. -- Mary Farley

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!

Thanks, AD. Our admittedly unscientific listening tests indicate that the boundary between 91-3’s fading out and 98-9 taking over is somewhere toward the south end of North Myrtle Beach. Your mileage will vary, of course, but we welcome listeners in the Myrtle Beach area no matter how you pick us up. And we’d love to have more reports from listeners in the Grand Strand – which station works better for you, 91-3 or 98-9?


“I was listening to the radio and the song about chemicals making people gay I found was offensive. And I just thought I'd give you some feedback that I think it was an insensitive choice on your part to play it. Anyway, thank you very much. Goodbye.”

The song is called “Herbicide,” played on a recent Smooth Landing. It’s on the latest album by Susan Werner (who is coming to Thalian Hall next week). As George Scheibner notes, her tour and album “Hayseed” are inspired by her childhood on a farm in Iowa.  Some of the songs are serious statements and some, like “Herbicide”, seem to us intended to be whimsical or even nonsensical – if anything, a satire on the idea that herbicides can cause people to be gay. Thank you for calling.

Here are some recent comments from listeners pledging at WHQR-dot-org:

Listener Anne from Wilmington wrote:

I love NPR, it is the only respectable place to hear the news on the radio. Regarding WHQR, I would like to have more news during the day.

Ronald and Beverly Veenker of Holden Beach wrote:

Thank you for what you provide. We enjoy all of your programming anytime of the day or night. News, music, ... all of it.

Mary Farley wrote after our October fundraiser:

Thank you to everyone's tireless energy through this fall pledge drive.

Sam Robinson wrote:

After five years of living in New York City, I have returned home to Wilmington and my favorite NPR station, WHQR. Thanks for everything you do!

Welcome back, Sam.

Finally, like many other Americans, I have very strong memories of that tragic day 50 years ago today in Dallas, Texas – where I was, what I was doing, even the clothes I wore. NPR has been commemorating the anniversary with some special reports, which you can find at NPR.org, and which may appear on our website, WHQR.org. I hope you will read and reflect on this coverage, and let us know what you think about it. Thank you.

We’d love to hear from you on Friday Feedback. You can always leave a message via email to feedback@WHQR.org. Our Feedback Phone is 910-292-WHQR. That’s 292-9477. And thanks for your feedback.