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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.
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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.
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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?”
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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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On Facebook, Laurie weighed in on the discussion raised last week by Robert, who was echoing our friend Tom Martin on the issue use of the word, “So” at the beginning of answers by guests on talk shows. Laurie wrote, “I heard this on the listener feedback segment this morning, and I wanted to add my agreement. This phenomenon of "So...." drives me batty! And I hear it on almost every show that involves someone being interviewed.”
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From the Listener Comment Line, a caller choosing to remain anonymous tells us we, along with other area media, missed an element of a recent story from Danville.
The caller says, “A young girl got shot. What failed to be reported by every single news station is the fact that she was treated at the local hospital, with a lot of work from a lot of team members who put a lot of heart and love into her care. And yet, it was gleaned over and simply stated that she was flown to U.K.”
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WEKU staff were present for the weekend’s Crave Lexington Festival. As we did a few weeks ago at the Woodland Art Fair, we recorded some comments at the event.
Ann: “I really enjoy listening to WEKU because I get news from all over the world, stories that are close to home all the way to things going on in Africa and the Middle East. Anywhere in the world, I can find about what’s taking place and the most important stories.”
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We had an email last Monday from listener, Rodger. He says, “The interview by Susan Stamberg this morning with the new director of the Kennedy Center was sexist. The first things that Susan pointed out were the director's age, cute haircut and smart A-line dress."
Michael continued, "Imagine her pointing out a new male director's smart suit, haircut and five o'clock shadow. Wouldn't happen. I am interested in this person’s qualifications and vision for the future, not her looks or wardrobe!”
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Listener Ann, wrote a comment on the WEKU website post for last week’s Eastern Standard show on depression. She told us, “Perfect timing for this topic in my household. My husband just went to seek treatment for severe depression...” We won’t relay the rest of her story but it is available for all to see on the website.
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Doug emailed us, looking for the online version of an NPR story, which we were able to locate for him. He went on to say, “I certainly enjoy and support your station due to all the diversity that you have throughout the day. I travel a lot in my job and I keep you tuned in. Coming to work and going home WEKU keeps me updated as to what is happened over night and throughout the day.”
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Listener, “Lori” wrote to us this past week, saying “I’ve noticed that you have repeated the same program on Red Barn Radio & Folk Alley for the past three weeks on Sunday mornings. I know they have new shows.”
She is right and we are grateful that she let us know since some of us are not usually up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. We’ve been realigning some staff duties and we’re still getting a handle on some of the details of station operations.
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First up, the ever-present technical issues (with Classical 102.1) Female caller: “I just wanted to express as a listener my great appreciation for all your hard work during this very difficult time. I know you’ve had the audio problems at your station and I, as a faithful listener, kept my radio tuned, waiting for you to come back. It definitely came in this afternoon. The music’s wonderful and again you’re very much appreciated, so you do have very faithful listeners out there.”
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Listener Michael emailed us, “Would you consider having a different show at 6:00 PM on weekdays instead of repeating the 4:00 hour of All Things Considered? I find myself often listening during both those hours on a given day and it's a drag hearing the rerun.”
We appreciate Michael’s suggestion, and any from our listeners, of course. I assume most are aware that we do not air a repeat of the first hour of All Things Considered on Fridays. That’s based on a belief that listening patterns are a bit different as the weekend approaches.
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We had a nice note by email from listener Pat, “I used to support WUKY until I recently learned that your station has a lot more news programs on all during the day. Consequently, I am now financially supporting YOUR station. You are now a regular expense in my annual budget.”
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From the Listener Comment Line, “I was listening to the news on the Boone's Trace and I always thought that Boonesboro was in Madison County.” The listener is, of course, correct and the error he heard was in Associated Press copy that we received.
It’s embarrassing enough that we did not catch that mistake, even more so for myself, since I am the newscaster who read it at noon last Tuesday. All I can say is we’ll keep our eyes open for such errors in materials we receive from the wire service in the future.
Listener MSJ wrote a long email about NPR’s relatively new announcer for underwriting credits. He says, “This is a croaking, creaking, irritating, raspy, untrained, voice which leaves her gasping for air (the sound of which producers at NPR refuse to edit, it seems) at the end of each announcement.
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From the Listener Comment Line last Sunday, "It's 7:36 Sunday morning, Bob Edwards Weekend. The first segment was excellent about graduation. The second segment is a re-run from last week. How can you do this? This is terrible!"
We believe what this listener heard was the first sign of serious problems with the computer system that plays back much of our programming. We are grateful for the calls, emails and Facebook posts that helped us react quickly.
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Steve emailed us, “It seems, after every cooperative concert with the Lexington Philharmonic, I as a singer in the Lexington Chamber Chorale, have an "issue" with WEKU. At Christmas it was a failure of my computer to make a good recording of the Messiah. Today it is my inability to sing with the chorale due to a family emergency. I am "stranded" in Dallas TX and hope to hear the Beethoven 9 when it is broadcast."
(Steve continues) "So, my question: When will the Beethoven 9 be broadcast? I do want to
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Thanks to everyone who entered our drawing for tickets to Garrison Keillor's book reading and signing last week. The lucky winners were Congratulations to Twitter follower Jeff Sames and Facebook friend and Melissa Blose. We hope you had a good time.
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This week, we have some reactions to regional news stories. For instance, one headlined, “SOAR Working Groups to Plot Strategies." It reports that the next step in the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative involved ten working groups that will map out strategies and prepare to take more suggestions from Eastern Kentuckians.
As we approach the May 7th date for the first-ever WEKU Day Sponsor reception, we've received numerous emails from listeners wondering about how to convert their existing memberships into Day Sponsorships.
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Over the weekend, we had an interesting comment from Mike in Versailles. He writes, “I stream WEKU and have noticed WEKU uses more broadband resources than other streaming sources I often listen to (like jazzradio or old time radio). Is it possible to stream weku at a lower level? If I'm
listening to WEKU and try downloading a large file at the same time, my system slows down a lot. I will often have to turn off WEKU to complete the download.”
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Jan wrote to us, “When I listen to a radio reporter interviewing someone, invariably it ends with the remark 'thank you for having me'. I do not understand that remark at all, unless the interviewee gets paid by the interviewer. Is there any truth to my suspicion?”
The simple answer to Jan's question is, certainly not for local productions at WEKU, or anywhere I have ever worked and not at NPR or other public radio entities.
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In reaction to our Friday news story, Over 200 Becoming US Citizens at Transylvania University, Natasa left a correction for us, using the Disqus feature beneath the web post. We reported, based on a news release from the university that last week’s was the first naturalization ceremony at the school in 26 years. Natasa commented, “Actually, the last Naturalization Ceremony was held at Transylvania sixteen years ago, not twenty six.”
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An astute listener sent the following email, “Several times each day I hear sponsorships for items from the Ohio State House News Bureau, and would like to know what stories are coming from that source? I have been unable to identify any stories that seem to be Ohio State House stories. I look forward to having clarification on that. Am I missing something?”
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One of the things we don't talk about often enough is the fact that listeners can post comments to news stories on the our website. It's called the Disqus feature with "Disqus" spelled with a Q. Some comments this week included one in reaction to the headline, Lexington Still Seeking Affordable Housing Solution.