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Friday Feedback

Friday Feedback for March 20, 2015

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Keep it smart, fair, and balanced!!! -- Harold Jordan

Today we welcome some special visitors to Wilmington’s friendly shores. Staff members from many of North Carolina’s other public radio stations are in town for a conference on station growth. This is the first time in several years that the North Carolina stations have gotten together. Thanks to Jeff Hunter of our staff for his tireless efforts at putting this event together, and to the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach for hosting the group. We welcome our colleagues to town!

We won’t have a Friday Feedback next week; or rather, I should say, all week long will be continuous feedback for us here at the station. Our Spring fund drive will begin on Wednesday, and once again we’ll throw the spotlight on local non-profit groups through our Partnership Challenge. Early birds who contact us by Tuesday night will be eligible to win an Apple iPad Air. As always, we plan to finish the drive in just 7 days. But you know what – we could do it even earlier than that, if everyone contacts us earlier in the drive. Discover more at whqr.org.

And of course the context here is that we’ve had big changes to WHQR in the last six months – probably the largest at one time in the history of WHQR. We’ve greatly expanded our news and information offerings on 91.3, and launched a 24-hour classical signal on 96.7. We thought about this a great deal and consulted with many people before making the changes, and we want to know your reaction. So if you have an opinion or want to show your support, or both, let us know at whqr.org. You can send and email to feedback@whqr.org. And here’s what the ol’ electronic mail bag has for us today:

Listener Sam wrote:

We really appreciate your programming. We are also members of [2 other North Carolina stations]. Your musical offerings are by far more varied and superior. And my wife Karen enjoys the talk shows quite a bit. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

Sam later added that the other stations he mentioned

are also good stations. They are just not as good as you.”

Thanks, Sam.

Listener Hunt wrote about our classical music:

[I] would like more Baroque music and the William Tell Overture.

Harold Jordan says he likes:

RadioLab, This American Life, Fresh Air, Prairie Home Companion, Public Radio Apps (News/Music).....keep it smart, fair, and balanced!!!

In the last few weeks we’ve presented a number of CoastLine programs related to Black History Month. Listener Ulysses called in to one of those shows, and later wrote:

Black voices and the outlets for Black perspectives still lie mostly in the hands of Whites who use their sense of judgment concerning the plight of others. As a result, relationships and situations like we see today in Ferguson arise. What the Blacks have been saying [there and elsewhere] seemingly was not viewed the same way by those with media influence. Only when something major erupts and national attention is given does local prejudice get exposed. I will continue to listen to WHQR because I love it...but truly WHQR and WECT are very much out of touch with the problems affecting Black Males in America.

Julie and Steve Martin say:

Keep up the terrific job. We appreciate all that you do--your dedication to fine news coverage and top arts programming.

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.