Feedback: More on New NPR Announcer & Music vs. the BBC

Dec 16, 2013

Last week, we aired a comment from a listener who does not like NPR’s new announcer, Sabrina Farhi.    We asked for responses from other listeners and we received.

Send your feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657. You can also post your comment using the Disqus feature below this article or put it in our Facebook timeline.

First up, a caller choosing to remain anonymous, “I have to admit that I was very happy to hear someone else express their discontent with her.  I vote nay.” 

“This is Robert from Lexington.  I think she is fantastic.  She is a breath of fresh air.  She sounds natural.”

Eileen emailed us,  “She sounds weary, depressed, bored, or potentially ALL THREE at the same time.  Did I mention completely enervated  & devoid of all discernible enthusiasm?

I suspect that she has meatier chops she could use, but it's as though somebody told her to SERIOUSLY soft ball & low ball her delivery.  If I was the underwriter, I'd be thoroughly disappointed that my announcement was being presented in such a lack-luster, sensation-less manner.  

On another topic,  Faye wrote with two questions, “Why two classical music stations and who does 88.9 stop the music at 4:00 am instead of 5:00 am?"

The simple to answer to the first is that, if we did not provide overnight classical music on WEKU, the audience in much of our listening area would not have access to it since Classic 102.1 does not reach those areas.  Regarding the switch at 4:00 am, we did it since another station dropped overnight BBC.  So far, we’ve had a mixed but generally favorable reaction.  

Although Robert wrote to us, “I really don’t like the BBC at 4:00 in the morning.  Music was so much more enjoyable and relaxing.”

We’re interested in your feedback.   Leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or send it by e-mail to: WEKU at EKU dot EDU.  And, tune in again next Monday at 6:33 0r 8:49 am or 5:33 pm for Listener Feedback on 88-9, WEKU.