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.

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."


Listener Mary Ann emailed us, “I am wondering why you had nothing to say about the boil water advisory being lifted this morning. Not everyone plays with social media.” 

To Mary Ann: Although I am unable to document every instance, I know for a fact that we did mention the lifting of the boil water advisory at least a couple of times that morning.

This note came from Jordan, writing, “Morning!  I've listened to WEKU every morning on my commute for the last several years - you guys are awesome!  One small comment, though.  Every morning when Bryan Bartlett gives the time it is one minute fast when compared to the atomic clock in Boulder, CO, which is the United States' primary time and frequency standard.  http://www.time.gov/” 

From a listener in Richmond, choosing to remain anonymous, “On Monday, January 23,  a comment was read from a listener named Elaine. She said ‘When I moved to Kentucky from Ohio, I determined not to acquire a southern accent. To this purpose, I listened to NPR for good pronunciation and grammar.’

Last week, I responded to a listener’s description of  WEKU as a “liberal radio station” saying , we do our best, as does NPR, to always provide politically-balanced programming and news coverage.  

Another listener took exception with that, saying while it’s been “wonderful” listening to our programming over the last several years, the consensus is that NPR’s programming, and as a result ours is “left leaning.”


Here’s an email we received from Thomas in Lexington, “I listen to WEKU every morning for the news and weather. I use the current temperature to decide how warm a coat to wear but some mornings you do not give the current temperature. Why not?” 

I wrote back to Thomas, letting him know that we certainly intend to give temperatures frequently for a number of locations during Morning Edition.  If we’ve been failing to do so, we’ll make sure we resume the practice.

Here’s an email from Elaine in Lexington,  “When I moved to Kentucky from Ohio, I determined not to acquire a southern accent. To this purpose, I listened to NPR for good pronunciation and grammar."

Here’s an email we received from Philis, in Lexington who tells us she’s been an avid listener and supporter of WEKU since she moved to Lexington over 20 years ago. 

She wrote to say, “In my house I have three Internet radios that I programmed to have WEKU as one of the presets.  I have not been able to get your station for several months.

In the past I listened to WEKU more than any other stations.  This is partly because I prefer a local station, but I also like your programming.

Are you planning to fix the digital streaming or should I consider switching my donations to the station that I am actually listening to more.”

Here’s an email from Nancy, “Recently I listened to an interview with author/activist Claudia Rankin.  She mentioned black men dying in the streets in America every day, the prisons being filled with black men and racism in America.  


Here’s a call to the Listener Comment Line, from Brant, in Frankfort, “I remember an announcement about Brenda Lee being near the area. She was going to perform a “litany of her songs.”  I’ve been looking at the dictionary here, a litany is either a prayer consisting of petitions recited by a leader or a repetitive recital.”


Here’s an email from listener Caleb, “I am a long time daily listener of WEKU. One of the featured pieces of feedback this week, from Alyce, criticized “A Prairie Home Companion”, and “Ask Me Another.” I have to agree.

Those are my two least favorite programs on this station. I listen to several of other stations, and find myself turning to WUKY, or online podcasts whenever these programs are on WEKU. I know you all have to balance the interests of all listeners, I just wanted to give you another opinion.”

Here’s an email from Chris, in Berea, “One morning last week, you shared a tweet from Donald Trump as if it were news regarding how he had helped a Ford plant not leave Louisville.   Trump’s tweet, however, was quickly shown to be incorrect."   


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