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Friday Feedback for January 2, 2015

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Thank you, thank you for making this such an excellent radio station.

Listener Anne wrote:

I wish WHQR would consider doing a weekly local "young people" (highs school age) program modeled on the Juvenile Jury produced by WOR in NYC in 1940s..a panel of 5 young people who gave their opinions on subjects submitted by WOR or listening audience in advance... I and my young friends listened to this religiously and took it very seriously. Questions included ethics, behavior, current events. This should draw in new and youthful listeners to WHQR, along with adults who like hearing what teenagers think and feel.... and you have several high schools here to draw from for panelists, [and] could organize it with one student from each school…

Carolyn Pryor of Southport wrote:

I received my digital radio in the mail. I was very disappointed not to be able to listen to classical music on 91.3, but now it comes in beautifully on my new [HD] radio. It was my best Christmas present! Now I am sending a contribution so that more people can acquire a radio like mine.

Listener Janet of Leland wrote:

We recently moved to the Wilmington area from Asheville where I listened very often to the local NPR station. I no longer commute to work, so do not listen as often, but we think it's important to support public radio - I should set our button for your news station in addition to the classical music - both were combined at the Asheville station.

Carole and John VanGorder of Leland wrote:

We are really enjoying the changes to more news and talk.

Listener Milton of Hampstead wrote:

I am pleased that you finally have a classical station. Christmas music was great.

Margaret Gordon of Littleton, Colorado wrote:

I live in Leland part time, I love your station, Diane Rehm and all the programs. You do a great job. Thanks.

Anonymous from Wilmington wrote:

I am retired and an ex pat Brit! I am delighted with the new programming that you offer on 91.3! Reminds me of BBC Radio 4. I do so hope that you will continue to give ‘both sides of the story’ whenever you report. I would like to hear comment from the London Times or Daily Telegraph as well as the Manchester Guardian! I believe the former have very large circulation figures in the UK. Thank you, thank you for making this such an excellent radio station, and for broadcasting through the ‘wee small hours’ of the night. All the best for 2015!

And on that note, I want to thank each you for listening toe WHQR. Our 30th Anniversary year has been truly special. We paid off the station’s long-term debt – something that many  in the dark days of 2008-09 thought would never happen. We purchased our facilities on the 3rd floor of the Warwick Building. We launched our Classical HQR at 96.7 and are continuing to work to provide HD radios for listeners unable to receive that signal. We launched a new talk show, CoastLine.

We sponsored great concerts with Suzanne Bona of Sunday Baroque, had a record crowd for a luncheon with Robert Siegel, and celebrated our birthday with the party of the year in Wilmington. We bid a sad farewell to Jemila Ericson, and welcomed Gina Gambony as our interim classical host. And it was all made possible through your support.

We don’t know what 2015 will bring – that’s why they call it the future, after all – but we promise to do our best to serve you with the finest programming anywhere – now 48 hours a day. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

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 910-292-9477. And thanks for your feedback.