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Friday Feedback for June 3, 2016

I just hope and pray that there is a comparable public radio station in Sarasota that will enrich our lives there as much as WHQR has here. -- Mark and Sandra Moulin

Here’s a Feedback question I expected to get but did not, as of press time: “What happened to the Midday Interview?” Well, it’s still around, but with several changes. Our daily in-depth look at art, culture and ideas, hosted by Gina Gambony, is now called Communique. It’s still heard at noon on Classical HQR, and now on HQR News twice a day, at 8:50 during Morning Edition and 4:45 during All Things Considered. We believe these changes will give wider exposer to our interview subjects on HQR News, while allowing CoastLine and the other noon-time public affairs programs to incorporate an NPR newscast. We hope you’ve enjoyed the first editions of the new Communique, which aired this week.

Mark and Sandy Moulin wrote:

[We] have purchased a home in Sarasota, FL, and will be moving there in late June. This is an exciting adventure for both of us, and we're both energized about moving to another excellent arts-oriented community, where each of us can contribute to the cultural arts scene, just as we have here in Wilmington… I just hope and pray that there is a comparable public radio station in Sarasota that will enrich our lives there as much as WHQR has here. Keep up the good work and we wish you and your staff continued success in the future.

At WHQR, we can testify to the impact that Mark and Sandy have had on OLLI and any number of nonprofit and arts organizations in town. We along with others will definitely miss them, and wish them all the best in Sarasota.

Listener Marlene wrote about a previous quote:

Just wondering how long Car Talk will continue to be relevant? Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Died At 77 in Nov 2014. Surely, the problems callers are describing are more than 2 years old. Is it time we buried this show?

We do get this question from some listeners. Whenever I read such a comment, I get comments on the other side from listeners who continue to enjoy the shows. I understand the concern — but at the same time, we need to look at what objective evidence there is that the show has lost its audience. We no longer have market-specific data from Arbitron concerning Wilmington, but NPR does have figures from nationwide coverage. And they show that while the show has lost some listeners, overall Car Talk remains one of the most popular shows on public radio. In short, available evidence is that it’s too soon to end the show. We’ll continue to monitor whatever sources we can find to shed light on the question.

Anonymous wrote:

To last Friday's commenter who said ‘I strongly object to being asked to MIS-pronounce English words’: who's asking you to? You can pronounce words any way you like! But here's some food for thought: there's an important thoroughfare in San Francisco named Gough Street. Charles H. Gough, the namesake, was an important San Franciscan in the mid-19th Century. An Irishman, he pronounced it to rhyme with "cough." All natives know this. But a befuddled tourist once wrote: In San Francisco, driving through I came upon a street named Gough; Allergic to a name like Gough, I there began to sneeze and cough; I parked my car beneath a bough That overhung the street sigh "Gough," And rested there awhile, although I did not like the street named Gough. No, I did not like the street named Gough About which this is quite enough. You can lead a horse to the watering trough But you can't make him drink, and I won't say Gough.

We'd love to hear from you on Friday Feedback. You can send an email message to feedback@whqr.org, or you can leave a call at 910-292-9477. And thanks for your Feedback.