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From the WEKU Facebook page, some comments about this week’s Eastern Standard show on the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative and the economy of Eastern Kentucky.

Lisa wrote, “ Enjoyed this show and hearing the plans for Eastern Kentucky. Nice job Ian Mooers, your associates, and the host. This is always a good show.”

We had two tweets at the end of the week from John Paul, regarding last week’s broadcast of Eastern Standard featuring NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea, John Paul wrote, “Interesting program.  Thanks for letting us get to know Don a little better,” followed by “I was somewhat surprised in his remarks re. biased coverage. I'm convinced that bias is part of every human commentary.”

Here’s a voicemail message we received early Thursday morning from Danny, “Right at 4:00 am on May 28, we were hearing a flute song and, when that went off, nothing else happened.” 

First up, an announcement regarding technical matters.  For the next few weeks, we are likely to have outages on 90.9 WEKH out of Hazard as a result of tower work being done by our “landlord” KET. 

These outages will happen during daylight hours, on days when weather permits work on the tower and they are unavoidable due to the nature of the work as a matter of safety for the tower crews.

You’ll find more information on the WEKU Facebook page and at WEKU dot FM.

We’re still struggling with some technical issues, especially on the 90.9 signal out of Hazard. Just so you know, we are working on diagnosing the problem that some listeners are reporting and then getting it fixed.  Thanks for your patience and please keep letting us know when you hear technical problems.

Our comments this week are, as is often the case, all focused on technical matters. Last week, a listener informed us that the pre-roll message on our web audio stream is still playing on one device, her Kindle.


On Facebook, Steve commented in response to the post about the Eastern Standard show, posing the questions, Is Religion Obsolete in the 21st Century, “ He writes, “I find it quite distasteful that you are airing this program on Easter Sunday. I would rather listen to your fund drives." 

Steve continued, "I would expect this from such a liberal station but your choice of when to air it is off the charts. Anyway, letting you know that I will not be sending any more money your way and I am taking you off my presets.”  

First up, a response to listeners who have been in touch regarding technical problems with our signal at 88.5 in Corbin. We are very much aware of some issues there in the last few days and engineer Bill Browning is looking into what’s going on there.  

The best we can tell at the moment is that it’s another case of an unreliable Internet connection.  We apologize for the disruptions and we remain grateful to those who write or call to let us know about them, especially Karen in London.

Here’s an anonymous call from the WEKU Listener Comment Line. (male caller) “It’s about 4:30 in the afternoon here and I’ve heard this every Saturday, for the last three weekends, I know for sure.”

For those who heard our feedback last week, this is especially embarrassing, since we’ve now allowed the same episode of On the Media to air three weeks in a row.

As I mentioned last week, it was originally an error by the producer in New York, failing to properly date the computer audio files.  This week, it is clearly our fault and WILL NOT happen again.

We had an email  from listener, Scott:  “What gives with iPhone app?  Cluttered, confusing, icons that don't seem to do anything, can't access 102.1.” 

“Just simplify,” Scott continued, referring to other stations that have apps he likes.   “You can do better.”

Sara, wrote to us on Facebook Saturday, “I think today's broadcast of On the Media repeats last week's.”

Peter, from Paris, Kentucky emailed us, “There has been a lot of feedback recently on traffic reports outside of Lexington or when the Traffic Management Center is closed. It sounds like the trick is having a reliable data source. I might suggest partnering with one of your TV media partners who already have traffic reporting mechanisms in place or looking into a service such as Waze which allows drivers to report incidents as they see them.” 

Here’s a call we received from listener David in Lexington, “I  love your station.  Could not live without it but I do have a couple of complaints.  One is the way the announcers slant the weather reports. If it’s possible to make it sound worse than it’s going to be, it seems like that’s the kind of emphasis." 

David continues, "One of your announcers, ‘It’s only gonna be five degrees, and it’s only gonna be…’ No matter what it is, he says ‘It’s only gonna be.’ How about just the facts?”

Listener Alyce wrote to us this past week, “Now that 88.9 is updated and fixed, how about keeping 88.5 on the air and eliminate that awful occasional belch.  The strength can be worked on too.  I live in Eubank and some days can’t even get 88.5 in the house.  Other days it’s so weak and full of staticky “air” it’s too hard to listen. On the way to work in Somerset, I have to toggle between 88.5 and 88.9.  Some days I have to listen to Western  to get the news.”

Catching up with a comment posted on the website at www.WEKU.fm, over a week ago, listener J.C. wrote, ”In the past two days, there have been news stories and announcements, previously recorded obviously, run long after their timeliness and relevance had passed. In one case, a report announcing the death of former Kentucky Senator Wendell Ford. Mr. Ford died January 22 and the station ran coverage of his funeral. Why was this report, announcing that he had just died, run on JANUARY 29th?"

Last week, we reported that our engineers were getting ready to make repairs to the transmitter for 88.9 in the Richmond, Lexington and Central Kentucky. Well, instead of improving, the signal has gotten a bit worse.  

The fact is, our transmitter is a pretty old one and we’re waiting on the manufacturer to build a replacement part that will get us back to full power.  We’re hoping it will arrive this week. Keep an eye on the website or the WEKU Facebook page for updates.

We had a couple of interesting calls this past week to the WEKU Listener Comment Line. “Hello, this is A.J. and of course you can use my comments on the air. WEKU’s programming is superb.  There is one minor irritation I wonder if you could take care of."

A.J. continues, "When I listen to the stream on (the) TuneIn app, the commercial (sic) that comes before-hand that says, ‘Thank you for tuning in to WEKU and please give,’ is really irritating and it doesn’t make me want to give it just makes me want to get on with the program.”

We had a couple of interesting calls this past week to the WEKU Listener Comment Line. “Hello, this is A.J. and of course you can use my comments on the air. WEKU’s programming is superb.  There is one minor irritation I wonder if you could take care of."

A.J. continues, "When I listen to the stream on (the) TuneIn app, the commercial (sic) that comes before-hand that says, ‘Thank you for tuning in to WEKU and please give,’ is really irritating and it doesn’t make me want to give it just makes me want to get on with the program.”

A listener choosing to remain anonymous, left the following for us last week, “Lately, the program Q is beginning to get on my nerves. I don’t know what has changed about it but I’m suggesting that you not renew them.”

  Q, provided to public radio stations in the U.S. by Public Radio International, is in the process of selecting a new permanent host to replace Jian Ghomeshi who was released some months ago by the Candadian Broadcasting Corporation. We’re glad to have the comments but choosing to take a “wait and see” attitude until the CBC gets things settled out.

We had a note in response to our December fundraising letter that went out to people who have donated in the past. Tyler commented, “It is with much regret that…I will not be donating any money to NPR for the foreseeable future.” 

Tyler went on, “I cannot in good conscience give money to an organization that takes money from the natural gas industry. People are dying and you are benefiting from it.  It also makes me deeply doubt your ability to be impartial.”

By email just yesterday, listener Woodson wrote, “I know you’ve been inviting listener feedback, so:  Did we not just hear today’s episode of America’s Test Kitchen last week?”

While offering an apology, I wrote back, explaining that these shows arrive as digital audio files to be downloaded and entered into our computer system and, if there was a problem, it would be a problem with the downloading. Either way, we should have checked more thoroughly to assure we were airing the correct episode.”

An astute listener and visitor to our website noticed an inaccuracy in our story headlined,  EKU Takes to the Court Monday After Historic Win at Miami

Richard wrote, “Sorry folks, but EKU did not even play Miami University.


Listeners are continuing to send in comments with end of year donations.  This week, we’ll share a few more of them, such as this one from Dr. Gary, from Lexington, “We listen while at work and enjoy a wide variety of topics but particularly those related to food and beverages. We test alcoholic beverages and you have covered the industry well this past year.”

Leonard wrote, “Just wanted to inform you, incase you were not aware, that your station is missing from the NPR App from the list of stations. I would prefer listening through the app instead of finding the website because once the phone goes into standby mode, the website will stop streaming while the NPR App on iPhone will continue to stream whatever is planing. Please fix this by adding your station to the NPR App to make for an easy listening experience.”

Linda emailed us on Saturday morning, “You have been advertising the story of the man who stopped talking for 17 years and then you silenced him again just as he was explaining why he stopped talking. Seemed a bit rude to me.”

This past week, we shared with our Facebook followers a picture of some new equipment we have installed in the Master Control Room for the WEKU Stations.  It’s an idea whose time has come, a set of volume meters that allow us to see the return air signals from the four WEKU news and information stations and also our music outlet, Classic 102.1.

It’s just one step in our recent efforts to make sure we are delivering a reliable signal for all our listeners.

Listener Patrick, of Richmond, emailed us, “Great job on the election results synopsis on your 6 a.m. newscast this morning. Such a shame you didn’t bother to share the results from the city your station calls home."

Patrick continues, "Sure, it’s interesting to know that the incumbent Mayor of Lexington won re-election, but how hard would it have been to tell your loyal local listeners how the Richmond Mayoral race went? You went on and on about all the Lexington results, but didn’t mention one Richmond or Madison County result.

Apologies are in order as the time change did not go so well. Joan, in Clark County emailed us Sunday, “Waiting for Terry to come on at 5 A.M. this Sunday morning but Alley continued as if there had not been a time change.”

By way of confession from yours truly, While filling in for our Operations Manager, who took a long weekend, I made am adjustment to the Sunday morning automation playlist that I thought was going to fill the extra hour smoothly.  But, I miscalculated.

WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

We’re grateful to those who contacted us about technical problems Saturday morning that delayed a number of programs and preempted almost an hour of Weekend Edition. For example, from Sara at 7:09 am, “Tuned in for Bob Edwards Weekend but getting Rick Steves instead...”

From Madeline, “It’s 8:20 and no Weekend Edition. I love Bob Edwards but know I'm missing Scott Simon. Am I going to have to go online to get it?”

Here’s a note we received by postal mail from listener Daniel, “For all five days this week, WEKU has not broadcast” ‘Marketplace Morning Report” between 7:50 and 8:00 am. Is this change in programming temporary (I hope) or permanent? I tried to get a clue from your website but my machine locked up.” He adds, “I will no longer be visiting your website.” 

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