In a budget-cutting effort, Eastern Kentucky University has eliminated over 180 staff positions. Among those were two well-known WEKU employees who opted for early retirement, Development Coordinator Carol Siler and Music Director/Classic 102.1 host Michael Carter.
Steve, of Lexington, emailed us: “I have enjoyed listening to Michael for years and always enjoy his comments and tidbits about pieces he plays or those who composed or performed them. Hope the fates allow a return to the air at summer's end. Hope his stand-in likes and plays Copland!”
At WEKU (dot) FM, E.C. commented, “Our mornings won't be the same, but retirement is great.”
On Facebook, Peter says: “My son has been a huge fan of Michael Carter since he was about 7 years old, and it is probably one of the reasons that he is one of a few 13-year-old who loves to listen to classical music. As for Carol Siler, I am no fan of fund drives, but I could listen to her talk all day long, even if she were reading pages from the phone book.” Carol & Michael both received numerous other “likes” and well-wishes on Facebook as well.
On the Listener Comment Line, a listener noticed that, at 5:00 in the morning, he’s hearing a nine minute NPR newscast while, later we’re doing something else for four minutes. Our response: Although NPR provides that “extra” content during Morning Edition, it’s done knowing most stations, like WEKU, provide local news in that window of time. In fact, stations routinely customize the program to best server local audiences.
We're grateful for all the comments, and invite you to keep letting us know what you think. E-mail us at WEKU at EKU.edu. Post on our Facebook page or call the Listener Comment Line, 859-622-1657. We’ll gladly keep your comment anonymous but please be sure to leave your name and callback information.
Then tune in again next Monday at this time for Listener Feedback on 88.9 WEKU.