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'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."   


Here’s a message from Paul left this week on the Listener Comment Line, “I like your website and the stories of the day. I particularly like reading about people voting for the coal industry. I know that’s controversial but it’s an important story.”


From the Listener Comment Line, a call from Dan in Lexington about the fact that we chose to, once again, preempt Performance Today on Wednesday evening, the day after the Election.  


Politics and the election have certainly brought out some comments this week. First, from Mary Pat who commented about the Eastern Standard show on voter values, “The election?...values?...partisan spokespersons to start it off? ....really?!  I had to turn it off. A very lame show with poor conception.”


Listener Clay emailed us, “Please create a pronunciation guidebook for your announcers, primarily containing area street and place names.  Your morning guy continually mispronounces "Tiverton" and "Aristides", street names in Lexington.  But other WEKU announcers also struggle in this area.  Nothing makes an announcer sound more amateurish than continually mispronouncing local names.”


First up, an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: WEKH Hazard is now back at FULL POWER on 90.9 FM, thanks to Chief Engineer Bill Browning, Hazard Engineer Phil Hayes, WEKU Assistant Engineer Jim Whitaker as well as numerous outside vendors and contractors as well as support agencies at Eastern Kentucky University. 

In response to our story,   Lexington Police to Provide Suggestions on Citizen Interaction with Officers, Tammie writes, “Wow - so now we need to be trained on how to act in an encounter with LEO's?"

Tammie continues,  "It shouldn't be that complicated, because not many of the general public are going to study up. Is it now on the public to keep themselves from being mistreated or shot in such an encounter, instead of the responsibility of the PEACE officer?

We start with an email from a couple whom we will not identify since we don’t want to disclose the amounts of donations to the station, “If it helps for your current drive, I upped my day sponsor by mailing in $20 yesterday. I know it's not much, but I went from $180 to $200, which for us is a lot.”  

John wrote to us, “Please get the web streaming link to smart phones repaired quickly.  I am having serious withdrawal symptoms!” 

We have a couple of calls from the comment line to share this week.  First up, Lee from Lexington.  It’s in reaction to our news story from last week, Concealed Carry Debated at First EKU Campus Safety Summit.  

Here’s a note we received from listener, Seth, “ At 10:00 pm, Friday you have "Overnight Jazz". Is there any way I could get a list of the artists from that?” 

What I wrote back to him is that 10:00 on Friday’s the show is “Jazz Night in America.” There is a link for it’s listings online at the NPR website at www.npr.org

We solicit comments regarding all of our programming at WEKU but this week, I have a few directed specifically at our public affairs call-in show Eastern Standard. 

These are tweets that didn’t make it to the air following our August 18th show on Safe Spaces on Campus.

First, from Lee Ann, reacting to a remark I made while formulating a question for the guests:

Here’s an email from listener Tim,  “I have listen(ed) to this station for the last four or five years and it seems to me that you guys get more and more one-sided all the time.  Try at least to say something good about the other side once in a blue moon.  We are all Americans.  We, Republicans are not your enemies.”

Here’s an email from Lisa in Berea,  “Hey! It's taken me a while to respond to something I heard during your last fund drive, but here I am now.  I noticed what seemed like a lot of negative comments about the development of the Prairie Home Companion's new format. I disagree." 

  

   

Lisa continues, "I like that they are trying something new with a new host. I like that they focused on his strengths and expertise. I hope they will continue to explore ways to do drama, storytelling and comedy, but I appreciate the shift in emphasis.”

Listener Lisa emailed in response to a comment from someone who hates our afternoon show from the CBC, “Q.”   

Lisa writes, “It made me cringe to see the guy from Corbin talk about how supposedly terrible Q is. It might not be relevant to his life, but I really enjoy the show. I enjoy learning about other cultures and hearing perspectives from outside the US, although Q is definitely still very influenced by the US and our media. It’s not boring, nor silly, nor pretentious. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a nice change from the other news only shows.”

Trevor, from Corbin emailed us,  “I enjoy Morning Edition, BBC News Hour, On Point, Here and Now, All Things Considered, The World and almost every other program you guys offer, but I have to be honest... I hate Q. "  

Trevor continues, "I can't think of very many people in this area who would have any interest whatsoever in the influence of folk music on an obscure musical talent from another country. In my opinion, the topics on that show are either A) boring, B) silly, C) pretentious or D) all of the above.”

On our website, a comment to an NPR story From 'Brexit' To Trump, Nationalist Movements Gain Momentum Around World,  “Jim” writes, “Here we go again? European Nationalism, a political Party of ignorant and intolerant lemmings being stampeded by a charismatic insecure leader with an agenda driven by the psychotic hatred of a targeted minority. Where have we heard or witnessed that before? Oh that's right here and 1939 Germany.”

Diane, of Wilmore, emailed us, ”I was so glad on Sunday, 6/12/16 to hear that the news stayed on the tragedy in Orlando and preempted the lame replay of Prairie Home Companion.   I drive home from Berea to Lexington most Sunday afternoons and always tune to another channel to avoid the Prairie Home Companion.” 

Later in the week, in fact on Friday after the week’s detailed coverage from NPR, Susan, from Corbin, posted on Facebook, “"Enough already on the mass shootings.”

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