Listener Feedback

Comments from WEKU listeners phoned in to the Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657, e-mailed to: WEKU (at) eku (dot) edu, or posted on Facebook.

We start with a message from listener Todd,

“I’ve listened to NPR my whole life and I am really tired of listening to how bad us men are.  If that’s all I’m going to hear, I’m going to work and from work every day and I’m just going to tune in to something else.


Listener Willie called to let us know how much he enjoyed the convergence, which was completely coincidental, between a news story promotion and an underwriting credit.

“On October 31, 2017 at approximately 5:47 pm, you guys made the funniest statement on your newscast and then your ‘commercials.’"


Here’s a call we received from listener Erica, in Lexington. 

“ I have been listening to the news about the four soldiers killed, actually for the last two or three days, driving in my car and then when I get to Lexington.  I’m wondering why we keep leaving out the other murdered soldiers who were African."


We received this email from listener Rob, “I write to submit a comment/complaint about Milk Street Radio and their business model. 

I have been a fan of ATK (referring to America’s Test Kitchen) and its successor of dubious ethical provenance – Milk Street – since they began airing."  


We’re still getting comments about how we handled fundraising on the day following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Here’s one from the Listener Comment Line.  


As many of you know, last Monday was a very challenging day for us at WEKU.  In the midst of our fund drive, we had the horrible news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and, of course, had to make sure we provided extensive coverage.


A listener posted on the web page a response to the comments we aired last week claiming that WEKU and NPR’s programing is, as he said, “as liberal and far left as you can get.”

“Smitty” wrote, “I'd repeat Stephen Colbert's witticism that ‘reality has a well-known liberal bias.’ "


We begin with a call from the Listener Comment line, listener Dave, “I’d like to comment on your Eastern Standard on the eclipse. The last 20 minutes was very instructive." 


We received n email from William in Lexington, “I hope that you will give serious consideration to renewing Prairie Home Companion for next season. I am truly tired of listening to re-broadcasts!”

American Public Media, producers of A Prairie Home Companion, have announced plans for the 2017-18 season to begin with a “live” show Saturday October 7.  It is my understanding that they intention is to get back to a production schedule closer to what was the case when Garrison Keillor was hosting.


This week, we have a number of calls to the Listener Comment Line. First up, Charles from Lexington, regarding a major news story of the past week.

“After the violence and loss of life in Charlottesville, why Mayor Jim Gray would risk bringing the same kind of violence to Lexington is beyond me.”   


Here's an email from Marilyn in Lexington, "Recently a listener commented that WEKU should replace the program Q.  However, I enjoy Q and hope it stays on the air." 


Thomas, of Paris, Kentucky emailed,  “This morning NPR had another great report on the art work of the trench solders of WWI.

In NPR's opening statement they said that WWI was the first war fought on a world wide scale.  Historically this is an erroneous assumption.   


First up this week, a response to a Morning Edition commentary on the upcoming boxing match between world champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champ Conor McGregor.

Sarah Spain: “If you saw two football or baseball players engage in a pre-game battle of slurs, you would expect fines and suspensions. But when it comes to fighting sports, it feels like the wild wild West.”


We had a couple more comments in response to Cheri Lawson’s July 14 story following the first anniversary of the Ark Encounter Noah’s Ark park..

You can see them for yourself on the website. But a couple of highlights,  Mark comments, “…..why is it always ‘banjo’ music that's performed. Even in the bluegrass state that sounds racist to call it 'banjo' music. 'Live' music is the correct term that should be used.”


A visitor to WEKU dot fm, using the alias “Solo Boy,” wrote in response to Cheri Lawson’s story that aired Friday, Ark Encounter's First Year a Slow Voyage for Williamstown.

He writes, “Any reason why Cheri Lawson neglected to mention that Elmer’s General store is located 2 miles away on the other side of Interstate 75?"


We didn’t air Listener Feedback last week because of the holiday, otherwise we would have shared this comment in follow-up to remarks from "Edward" that we aired on June 26th.

Edward said he no longer supports the station because of a lack of balance.  He also claimed the station has become an apologist for what he called the “deviant lifestyle” of LGBTQ persons.  


We begin with an email from listener Edward. He writes, "Allow me to specify exactly why WEKU-FM will not ever get any donation from me. I used to subscribe regularly, but then WEKU-FM abandoned all pretense at balanced broadcasting."  


We begin with a call to the Listener Comment Line from Linda, in Lexington, “My husband and I listened to the “From the Top” broadcast on Sunday evening.  We listened to that all the time when we lived in Boston."


Here’s a note from listener Mark, “Are you aware that the Middlesboro 102.5 mHz repeater has been off the air for several day? Even in the tunnel, your signal cannot be heard.

We here in the meteor crater can hear the Pineville 90.1 repeater, but the quality is much lower."


We didn’t air Feedback last week due to the holiday so here are a couple of messages that came in from mid-May forward.

Anonymous female: “I’m a fairly faithful listener calling from Frankfort, Kentucky. I listen to WEKU in the morning as I’m getting ready for work and driving to work and in the evenings as I’m coming home.”


From Trevor, in Corbin, “I've submitted listener feedback before. Mostly it's been to praise this station for the fantastic job it does keeping listeners informed, but I have also commented on certain programming that, in my opinion, is of little value to most people tuning in."


By postal mail, Edd from Versailles wrote in response to a comment we aired a couple of weeks ago, ”I was about to call in to the listener line to voice my frustration with the constant, over and over, droning focus of WEKU on such a narrow range of the issues.

America has a lot of major situations that deserve coverage and the constant drum beat on a few such person(al) causes is over the edge.   


Here’s an email directed to me, from Patrick in Danville, “I'm a WEKU supporter, and while I'm well to the left politically I generally admire your station's programming and balance.

An exception is your recent airing of congressman Barr's comments after the Trumpcare vote.  

For a couple of reasons, it’s been a few weeks since aired listener feedback so here’s a comment by email from listener Bruno from Aprill 11. 

He says, “I was listening to WEKU  when you provided responses to two listener comments: one comment was on the quality of a news story, the other on an announcer seeming to indicate that Friday April 7 was Good Friday."


We received a detailed email from listener and supporter in Frankfort, Andy. He writes,  “I was interested to hear today's story about a solar array being installed at the KY Coal Museum in Benham."  


We received the following email from listener Betty one morning last week during the WEKU Spring Fund Drive. She wrote, “I thought I ought to let you know, before your pledge day is over, that I had a problem trying to make a donation by phone call before 7 a.m. this morning." 


We've had a couple of calls to the Listener Comment Line to share this week.

First up, a self-described longtime listener and supporter, choosing to remain anonymous.

“I just wanted to comment about how hard it is for me to contribute since I don’t have Internet. It’s hard for me to reach you when you’re running the advertisements about your “upcoming fund drive or you can go ahead and support the station early even before the fund drive begins. It’s very hard to call in and do that.  Nobody answers.

Here’s an email we received last week from a listener choosing to remain anonymous.

He starts out with, “Aaaargh!!.”  

He goes on to write, “Listener Feedback is the most painful part of Monday morning!  It's even worse than the review of the weekend Trump tweets. 

Can you move it back to, like, 3:45am so we don't have to listen to every gawdawful cranky-pants in the state complain about how to pronounce "Athens" or if Garrison Keillor was better?? 

Dang!  Monday's are hard enough as it is!”

First up this week, a caller choosing to remain anonymous who left a message over the weekend, “I have listened to this station for about three months since I move here from Georgia. It is nothing but a repetition of the morning programs and nothing but begging, begging, begging for contributions."


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