Jake Thomason had this reaction to a recent interview on The State of Things from WUNC: “Why is there a Christian discussion on your broadcast right now? My coworkers and I are loyal listeners, but are very concerned and not interested in hearing this. Christians have their own stations. Thank you for your time.” I wrote to Jake that the show segment featured an interview with two people who are attempting to approach environmental activism from a religious perspective, much as Dr. Martin Luther King worked within both an activist and a religious framework in the battle for civil rights. This seems like a topic of potential interest to our listeners. The fact that a guest refers his perspective as a Christian is relevant to the topic, but certainly does not mean that WUNC or we are engaged in religious proselytizing. Jake replied: “I will concede that the program was not proselytizing, but it was certainly from a wholly Christian perspective. Many of the verses referenced were from Leviticus and, therefore, a single flip of the page away from passages calling for the death of homosexuals. I am simply informing you, respectfully, that some of your listeners do not appreciate this.”
Bill DiNome wrote:
Please count me among those who still enjoy the Car Talk reruns. Every time those two nuts, the Magliozzi bros., break into guffaws, it make me laugh, too, and reminds me how important laughing is to my life. I also want to reiterate my strong support for jazz and blues in the evenings and for all the wonderful, priceless music on 92.7. Thanks for doing all you do and for constantly striving to accommodate all your listeners' disparate tastes.
Listener Mary Lou called last Friday to say that she felt that the public was largely unaware of the election on Tuesday June 7th. She mentioned a story we had done about early voting and thanked us for that. She was not complaining, but she felt that other news sources had had very little about it. She feels that it’s important for the media to remind people of such important event.
We’re glad that we were able get a story out. Even though there was only one race on the ballot, for state Supreme Court, civic participation is something we encourage.
Renee T. Walker posted this question on our Facebook page:
Is there a way to stop repeating the same show at 4 and 6?
I answered Renee that we choose to do that because the audiences at 4 pm and 6 pm are substantially different, even thought both hours are among the most-listened-to on our schedule. Rather than exclude one group or the other, we believe that both deserve a chance to hear NPR’s flagship program. Similarly for Morning Edition weekdays, or a number of programs on weekends that get repeats.
Listener Penelope wrote:
Many thanks to Pat Marriott once again for mining his eccentric and seemingly endless supply of great music for us to enjoy. We are so fortunate to have the eclectic 'Human Voice' program to make us feel a little bit less forlorn that the Met Opera season is over until fall. Last Saturday's Mahler show was awe inspiring! Thank you Pat!
Listener Maria wrote:
[Monday] morning around 8:00AM, I caught the middle of a story about farmers markets. I wanted to get the full story so I looked on your website and could not find it anywhere. Could you take the short local news blurbs you read at the top of the hour and post them like a blog on the website? It would be extremely helpful. Keep up the good work!
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