Inside WFAE

January 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm | Posted in On Air | 16 Comments

WFAEThursday, January 31, we take a look at ourselves and explain to listeners how we make programming, news coverage and editorial decisions here at WFAE. What questions or comments do you have about this station? Please share them in the comment field.

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  1. Hi everyone. This is Tim Ross, Associate Producer of Charlotte Talks. I want to invite everyone to join us for tomorrow’s show–Thursday, Jan. 31st. We want to hear what you think about WFAE and public radio. What do we do well, but more importantly what could we do better? We’ll explore news gathering techniques, issues of balance, some of the nuts and bolts of the talk show and how we program our broadcast day. You’re an important part of the conversation so don’t hesitate to post here, call the show at 704-926-9323, 800-603-9323 or email us at Charlottetalks@wfae.org. We want to hear from you!

  2. Hi folks- this is Erin, Researcher for Charlotte Talks. We wanted to share some of the emails from today’s show. Thanks to everyone who called, emailed and posted to the blog, we appreciate the feedback! We got more emails for today’s show than any other. In fact we’ve decided to do similar programs on a regular basis. Please feel free to comment on any of these responses or leave your own.

    On WFAE…

    Please remind the listening audience that “public radio” and “NPR” are not synonyms — it is like referring to tissues as Kleenex. Many shows that WFAE carries are not NPR shows (such as Fair Game being PRI) and you guys do not work for NPR – you work for a public radio station.

    I’m 25 and my husband is 28 and we only listen to NPR. Many of our sentences start out with, “I was listening to NPR today and they said….” or “Did you hear NPR today?” Basically from morning to until night we have it on. I’m surprised that the median age is 42. When I was in grad school with other 20+ year olds always talked about NPR. It’s the best radio ever, thanks for keeping out minds sharp and giving us an outlet from the other garbage that’s on the radio!

    Great show! Personally, I TOO MUCH SPORTS coverage for my tastes! I couldn’t care less about Jake Delhomme (spelling?), the Panthers, or the Bobcats!!! The less sports, the better!!!!

    As usual, I’ve been listening to Charlotte Talks as I fed my daughters their breakfast and now as I’m cleaning up. I, too, live solely on a news diet of WFAE programming and feel more informed than ever. I call my now retired dad on a daily basis to talk over what I’ve heard and to advocate that he incorporate public radio into his day, as he relies on TV, newspaper and magazine news. I only hope that my 3 ½-year-old, 2-year-old and seven-month old all grow up appreciating and supporting public radio because it’s all they get in this house (much to my very conservative in-laws’ dismay!). It’s invaluable, especially with mainstream news becoming so diluted and sensational.

    I am a registered Republican and a former road warrior. I have listen to many other stations and this is by far the best pub radio station in the US.

    I LOVE WFAE, and listen to it, because of my varying schedule, nearly 24 hours a day. Your lineup is better than either of the two NPR stations we had in Washington, DC.

    Roger, you once mentioned during a pledge drive that WFAE has one of the highest ratings for public radio stations. How is that determined? I know I listen to NPR way more here than in Chicago because the radio options in Charlotte stink! I love WFAE and NPR.

    1. i LOVE WFAE and NPR
    2. am a true addict with no intention of joining a 12-step program
    3. have 5 radios and 3 pc’s tuned to WFAE always
    4. can’t get enough
    5. wonder if weeknights 7-9pm could be used to rotate the day’s segments of Diane Rehm, Fresh Air, Fair Game and BBC World? MORE IS BETTER!
    thank YOU!
    your most addicted and devoted listener

    I am a long-time listener to WFAE, and an infrequent contributor to the station. I’ve been listening to WFAE since the later 1980’s, I remember feeding lunch to my young daughter while listening to artists such as Julia Fordham, and Olieta Adams, on the radio. I also remember running a newspaper route in the very early hours with my teenage son, and marveling at the music and insight coming from the radio in the voice of Bob Parlocha, whose show ran from Midnight to 6 am. Why did you choose to forego ALL the music programming on your station just to talk, talk, talk, talk, all the time. In the dead of night, why repeat a 30-minute news cycle from the BBC instead of offering your listeners some fresh, insightful music?

    What I like about WFAE … that is different than other public radio stations … … well, I complained about the way you handled Doug Marlette’s death on Char Talks and got a wonderful response from Paul Stribling. That was impressive. AND I went to your Wait-Wait live event and thought it was wonderful. THANK YOU for all your hard work there – know you all are trying!!

    On News Department…

    I would like to hear more of the local commentators, bringing a bit more real living to the programming – and I would like that commentary to be more diverse (the ones I catch seem to be mostly from white women). Maybe comments around a certain topic, such as the wonderful “This I Believe” – but all local. Thank you for all that you are doing.

    I would also like to see more reporting on the area than you do. Making excuses about the size of your news staff doesn’t make sense. “CHARLOTTE TALKS” is a great forum for doing more local news features, instead of long episodes on one topic that are more about how Mike Collins first heard that particular singer when he was touring with the military bands as a child, etc. You could take two reporters; give them more airtime, and bingo, more local coverage.

    During Morning Edition at half past the hour, you do “Today in the Carolinas” instead of NPR’s humorous news tidbits that would otherwise be aired. I have no problem with the “Today in the Carolinas” items, but I would really like to hear the NPR stories too. Prior to WNSC’s all-jazz format, I could tune them in to hear them, but now I have to tune in more distant SC stations, or check the NPR website later in the day. Couldn’t the “Today in the Carolinas” stories be done in another slot?
    Please try not to focus on murders and the type of 5 o’clock trash that we find on TV in your local news coverage. If the Charlotte area doesn’t have news, (although I find that hard to believe) don’t tell anything. Crime and murders cheapen WFAE.
    Is WFAE going to cover Rock Hill and the surrounding area because ETV-Carolinas (SC ETV-WNSC ETV-radio) seems to feel that this same area does not deserve it! I use to give to SC ETV but from this point on I am going to give to WFAE. Keep up the good work.

    On Charlotte Talks…

    Mostly I’m happy with WFAE (I don’t have HD radio, so I’m not sure about it’s programming.), but with regard to Charlotte Talks, I would like to hear more local politics, especially with regard to local election races. In the last two years I’ve lived here, and in the last two elections, the first time I’ve heard of the folks on my ballot were when I walked into the polling place. Can you please interview more of the candidates in the local elections?

    We listen to wfae most of the time we have the radio on. We are always amazed at the way Mike Collins comes up with unique and interesting interviews, blended with repeats of programs that we are glad to hear more of. We worry about another station in another city stealing him.

    A minor complaint, but don’t you think that your theme “music” has run its course? Sometimes it runs for maybe 15 seconds, but it sounds like 15 minutes. If you should change in the future, and I look forward to a change, what about using “real” musical instruments? Still think you have a great program.

    I think its Charlotte’s only true source for news and info. Cultural, entertainment and matters that are of utmost significance for the charlotte region. Mike Collins is an erudite anchor in the mold of Morrow, Brinkley, and Jennings. A true gem for charlotte media. In addition I believe charlotte talks should take on one of Diane Rehm’s hours.

    I happen to like your theme music, and I don’t think you talk too much! Folks out here in Radioland consider you a friend, and we like your personal “asides,” when they do occur. You are amazing in your knowledge of so many subjects and your extensive preparation for “Charlotte Talks.” You are the voice of Charlotte to this transplant – I like the place because of you! Thank you.

    I am critical of Mike Collins as a host – he talks too much, asks really long questions and panders when it suits him. Compare to Diane Rehm who asks long questions only when they are warranted. I am tired of hearing about MC’s accordion playing, youth in Maryland, etc. Interviewers may have their own styles, but it is rare to hear so much about the personal background of a journalist, unless you are on the editorial staff of the Charlotte Observer. (PS Don’t be defensive if you ask for criticism – Mike, when you “lay the groundwork” we hear way way too much about WHAT YOU THINK … sheesh, always with the “I, I, I”…)

    When I first moved to Charlotte, Charlotte Talks seemed incredibly boring to me. I actually thought you kept having the same guest over and over because I kept hearing the same North Carolina White Man accent. Your topics seemed to have broadened. Now, I look forward to your show. Thanks for the improvements!

    Love your show and station, all the way around the board. Kudos! My suggestion concerns programs that delve into religion. I think I speak for a very large and growing silent minority (or majority?) of people who are very spiritual but who disdain organized religions and their dogma. It would be nice if and when you had a panel of various faiths that you could somehow find a ‘voice’ for those of us who take our spirituality seriously, but who do not fit into a structural religious cubbyhole.

    Don’t change the format of Charlotte Talks just dump the NPR schedule of 20-minute segments . . . Go to two 30-minute segments!

    I would expand the “Average Joe” idea. Would like to see maybe quarterly segments that address key demographic groups in Charlotte. We always read stats and reports on these groups but never hear directly from them. What I’m talking about is quarterly shows such as: Being Retired in Charlotte, Being a Teen in Charlotte, Being Single in Charlotte. These programs would also have the effect of pulling in groups that may not be in your usual demographic

    This is a note of praise. I think WFAE and NPR do a terrific job. I like Mike Collins and Charlotte Talks and its variety of topics. He does very good work. I really like the Average Joes series. I’ll offer one piece of relatively minor constructive criticism, since you’re asking for it: I’ve noticed that on Charlotte Talks, you sometimes tend to end the interview with either a really big shift in questioning at the very last question or ask the guests to give their conclusions on something and then start cranking up the music and tell them they have 20 seconds left and they need to hurry. So my only suggestion is pace the interviews so they don’t sound like they are ending in such a rushed, cut-off manner!

    On Fair Game…

    I’m 53 years old and have been listening to WFAE for about a quarter of a century. I enjoy the new Faith Salie program. It’s offbeat and in stark contrast to usual NPR programming. Interestingly, my 16 year-old son also loves Fair Game. Keep it!

    One of your previous listeners raised some good points about Fair Game, which I also haven’t made up my mind on yet. Faith Salie is a great interviewer, and I love her enthusiasm, but where do they find their musical groups!! I didn’t know that there were that many bad music groups out there!!

    Really, really don’t like “Fair Game.” It’s too clever and too inside-baseball by (at least) half for its own good — it can’t decide whether it wants to be a “real” news/talk/information program or a satirical show. It’s sort of like tuning in to the network news and finding it anchored by Jon Stewart, who presents a couple serious stories and then launches into a goofball interview.

    Have to add my nay vote to Fair Game. In the genre of all news is material for comedy. Haven’t heard a joke about the genocide in Darfor on the show yet, but it’s a just a matter of time before I do. This strikes me a little like NPR’s clumsy attempt to be cool. Kinda of like Mitt Romney talking about “bling”

    Hey! I LOVE Fair Game! Faith is funny and fresh. For the first time since I moved to the Charlotte area, I’m keeping WFAE on in the evenings. By the way, I’m not a kid. I’m 53, and consider myself part of your core constituency.

    There’s been a lot of talk on Charlotte Talks this morning speaking poorly of Fair Game. I just wanted to make sure I raised my hand for the other side of the debate. Fair Game is one of my favorite shows now, and I’m always pleased when I turn the radio and it comes on. Fresh Air was… boring. And I really disliked Terry Gross’s style. Fair Game seems like a great show for bringing in younger listeners (I’m 30), and I think it’s great in its current time slot. Thanks!

    I have written months ago when I first heard “Fair Game” & felt sick to my stomach that public radio should air such crap! I am 63 yrs old and a retired college prof. I love Daily and Colbert…but the feeble attempt to impress the young really is insulting to them. I will not pledge to this station as long as it is in the programming. If it ain’t broke….???? Otherwise I listen all day, esp to Diane Rehm.

    I like Fair Game. I can understand the reasons others don’t, and I think it’s a work in progress (as all shows should be), but it’s got a freshness to it that I admire. By contrast, I am one who abhors Prairie Home Companion.

    It’s funny… just as I was thinking that I felt like Fair Game was a great addition to your lineup, you read two comments speaking negatively about the show. One thing about NPR (and especially the weekend programming which, apart from Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, I can’t stand) is that it seems often geared toward an older audience. I feel like Fair Game is a great step toward making NPR more interesting and more accessible to a younger generation. Keep up the good work!

    I like it and listen to it almost every night. I’m younger than the average NPR listener and I wish the older people stop whining. You’re getting more calls from people who don’t like it because probably many people who do like it are working right now and don’t have time to call in….

    This program has been an entre for my 18 and 21 year olds to enjoy something on NPR. They are frequent listeners to “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me!” and “Prairie Home Companion,” but being able to hear an interview with a person who is a character on Guitar Hero III, gave them something specifically to identify with. Faith Salie is a little too precious and pleased with herself at times, but it’s a pleasant counterpoint to the seriousness of some many other programs.

    By the way…re: “Fair Game”…I’m an “older” listener (54). Started listening to NPR when I worked as a producer at the PBS station in Minnesota (home of “Prairie Home Companion”) as Keillor’s show was just getting its legs. I’m 100,000% for “edgy” — watch Jon Stewart & Colbert Report almost every day — but “edgy” good and “edgy” goofy/dumb are too entirely different things. (e.g., Real Time w/ Bill Maher is edgy but also does a good job of covering the issues.)

    I love Faith Salie! I think that she’s attracted a new audience – and we all know that WFAE needs new blood!

    It took me several weeks to warm up to Faith Salie & the Fair Game style, but it has quickly become a program that I look forward to. (I even subscribed to the podcast.) I have to say that although I love NPR, few new shows have excited me the way Fair Game has. Despite her ironic style, Salie does a fantastic job of seeking out and interviewing overlooked individuals. For example, Fair Game’s interviews about the ethnic violence in Kenya was several days ahead of Morning Edition in discussing ethnic cleansing in the Rift and Nakuru. For that, they deserve praise.

    Fair game is wonderful. It is intelligent and extremely young and hip in nature. I am 45.

    Other programs…

    I’m a ‘traditional’ NPR listener. I enjoy the breadth of programming, from Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation, through the news programming, and weekend variety shows (Prairie Home Companion and Wait, Wait). But I am not in your average age range: I’m only 23.

    Really, really like “News & Notes.” (Glad it’s not on at 2 am, as it was in my hometown of Wash., DC.) LOVE “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” and “This American Life” – build my weekends around hearing them.

    Someone needs to speak up for “The World”. It’s REALLY important to get the perspective on world events that this excellent show provides.

    Our family loves WFAE and NPR. The World is great. We’ve gone to keeping the globe in the kitchen for the Geo Quiz. Wait! Wait! is my favorite weekend show. We love CarTalk and Charlotte Talks. Fair game is just strange, but strangely enough it is growing on me. More local news will be very welcome.

    Any chance you will replace Fresh Air. I now call it Stale Air since Terry Gross seems to replay old interviews. She also doesn’t do her homework when she does do a new interview.

    My very favorite NPR program is “Calling All Pets.” As I see more and more stories about animals in the “Observer,” I wonder if the time has come for this delightful show to be aired in the Charlotte area. Once a week, Patricia McConnell, who is well-known animal behaviorist, takes calls and solves problems people have with their beloved pets – she is wise and funny, and even if you don’t have pets, the program is a delight! Hoping you consider it… I love your show and take WFAE everywhere with me. I’m always at home with NPR.

    Seriously LOVE! WFAE program line up–I miss “Whad da’ Know” that used to run at noon on Saturday. Terry Gross is THE BEST, get awfully tired of Dianne Rhem’s obvious political leanings but dismiss them and listen regularly. I did like This American Life in the 1:00 pm time slot–so glad that you run “Best Of” on Sunday evenings…. Keep up the GREAT work!

    A program we have enjoyed on NPR in Atlanta is Infinite Mind; has this program been considered.

    I am supporting what you are doing even with “Fresh Air” Sometimes I don’t like what they say, but I understand the market of reaching out to younger people. That is encouraging.

    With the not-so-sudden realization that we all need to be better stewards of our planet, has WFAE ever considered airing “Living On Earth” an NPR program that deals with environmental issues?

    We are in a region that is distinctive for its folk music tradition with an extremely strong following in the community. There are many intelligent and informative shows about folk music in the NPR system but none, aside from Fiona Ritchies excellent but very narrowly defined show are on WFAE. Can’t we find a good slot for one of these shows instead of, for example, devoting hours to “new age” music… which adds nothing to the profile of WFAE programming which is, by and large, remarkably informative and useful.

    I’m at a loss why we carry Fresh Air here. Terry Gross adds little in the way of knowledge – and best I can tell has never missed an opportunity to convey her contempt for the South and perpetuate the myth that we cornered the market on racism. The balance of her show seems dedicated to rightly-obscure “musicians”. Gross has been on the air for years, so obviously someone thinks she’s good. On a positive note, Diane Rehm is fabulous, I enjoy News and Notes, love Splendid Table.

    Please consider adding “American Routes” to your lineup. It’s a great program. Please describe the process of adding a program like this i.e. cost, composing a program schedule. American Routes is a great program about “other than mainstream” music, something WFAE is lacking. (At least when I’m listening)…Also…DROP THE COMMERCIALS…..

    Whad’ Ya Know with Michael Feldman has been sorely missed for some time. Why was it removed from the schedule? Further- Fair Game played in the evenings is inane at best, is this some attempt to appeal to people whom otherwise would be watching Entertainment Tonight? Scuttle Fair Game and bring back Michael Feldman.

    In my opinion, the program Thistle and Shamrock is a waste of time. The appeal of Irish music is limited, and I do not need to hear it from a station that prides itself on “talk” programs.

    Why doesn’t WFAE use more ‘hip’ music, like Weekend Edition (which uses, for example, LCD Soundsystem’s “Beat Connection” to accompany its weather reports)? Why don’t you cater somewhat, sometimes, to the younger, hip, educated audience that you have?

    I cannot wrap my mind around the concept of News and Notes. The program name is totally misleading. It might be more appropriately named Racism in America Today. The show finds a way to take almost any topic and find a thread of racial oppression. It disgusts me that, in an age of cultural pluralism and “color-blindness,” NPR devotes an entire hour to magnifying the divide of race.

    Keep Fiona Richie and her show. It is a gem. Wait Wait is GREAT and far superior to Michael Feldman’s show. That show was lame, do not bring it back. Keep up the good work. A long time listener.
    Quick note to say how much I love Bob Edwards’ new program!!!! Please keep it on….I look forward all week.

  3. I am 38 yrs old – a Gen X-er! I am in that hybrid group of being relatively young (emphasis on “relatively”), but fastly approaching middle age. I like FAIR GAME – I like the fact that I don’t know what I am going to get all the time. I enjoy Stewart’s and Colbert’s show as much as Chris Matthews’ show.

    I also LOVE News and Notes…a wonderful show. Diane Rehm’s show does an great job of addressing the pulse of America, especially in this hot political climate. As I go through my transitional phase of approaching middle age, I listen to WFAE more than commercial radio and I support the station finacially. Public radio should represent the diversity of our American Public – it can make all people happy all the time. It should not be painted with a broad brush, that’s what makes it special. It keeps dialogue alive and keep the audience informed and allows all sides and views to be heard. Can I get an AMEN??

  4. Edit on my comment above – Public radio CANNOT make all people happy all the time but it works hard to express diverse views of the society at large. Not an easy cross to bear…

    • Wow, you’re unbelievable. I can only imagine what it would be like to actually meet you in person.

  5. I listen to WFAE while in the studio – at about noon – I find that the programming goes down hill. Fresh Air is mostly ok, but Hear and Now??? The topics seem mostly trite – the guests seem to spend their time talking about how wonderful they are. The interview style would do better on the TV Guide Channel – fluffy.

  6. I was a little put off by Fair Game at first, but I have come to enjoy it. The female hosts enthusiasm is great! I do love that I don’t know what I am going to get. The other night, my children and I laughed as they introduced Bite “chomp” the Ballot. I am 47, my children 11 and 9…

  7. Since it seems to be the popular topic, I’ll throw in my 23 year-old opinion of Fair Game. Like the prior poster, I didn’t really enjoy FG the first time I heard it, but it grew on me really quickly. I now listen to the podcast regularly during Diane Rehm. (sorry WFAE, I’m usually not listening to the radio in the evening!) I love that it does offer such a different take on the news, which is otherwise so deadly serious all the time. Faith Salie is a great host, and is one of the few people that conducts interviews that are both informative AND entertaining.

  8. I would like to hear from panelist that oppose the notion that we are closing in on a “recession” and that it is all hype.

    There are so many more of us who can and are paying the morgage. Have there been banking mistakes? Yes..but Do you really think, Bank of America, who has written off billions of dollars, would have bought Countrywide if they did not see how much of an upswing they would have with the numerous safe loans they are inheriting? It is time for people to open their eyes, re-educate themselves, and not give into media sensationalism that could in fact be the only reason we do go into a recession. Case in point: Our government now thinks to get things under control they need to offer us an economic stimulus package!

    The facts are: 1)Builders of homes and retail have been over building for years! They pushed and hagled to get anyone into their homes and gave the illusion of great econimic necessity. They are now feeling the crunch of their mistakes and/or arrogance. Some still continue to build and hope the government helps them out 2) The real housing mess is also due in part by shady and irresponsible lenders who promised an american dream to those who should never have been granted loans. The rest of the bad loans are due to people who were to shallow to accept what they really could afford.

    Esther – Matthews Resident

  9. Esther,

    That’s a really great comment. We’ve done a couple of shows on the housing market and mortgage loans, but I definitely think it’s time to revisit the subject. I’ll be looking into that idea personally. Thank you again.

  10. I admire much of what WFAE does and understand the impossibility of pleasing all people at all times with programming. I think you do a fine job and support the station financially.

    My bones to pick with the station have to do with quality control. Announcers and/or board-ops sound as if they’ve been tossed into the fire with the barest minimum of training. Rough transitions, music beds that are way too hot (you sometimes can’t even hear the announcer for the music), hesitant traffic reports, affected delivery–why? You’re a real, grown-up radio station now. You can do better.

    I also have to weigh in regarding Mike Collins. I heard him explain away his self-centered interviewing style this mornining by saying he’s not a journalist. I’m not asking him to be a journalist, but I would like to ask him to show a little class. I cringe when he interjects with stories about himself when what his interviewees have to say is not only more interesting, but the point of the program. An interviewer’s job is to get out of the way. Please, Mike, make room for your intelligent, informed guests. It’s why we tune in. We’re not listening to because we want to be entertained by you. Your inner ham is fun and has a place on the air, just not on Charlotte Talks.

  11. I became a National Public Radio listener while living in Johnson City, TN. At the time the local NPR station played mostly classical music and “roots” music but they had a show called the Radio Reader that I really got into. Eventually I moved to Knoxville, TN and their NPR station had Fresh Air which I came to love. I would sit in my car each day and eat lunch and listen to Terri Gross. I also came to love the news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered but other than that most of the Knoxville station’s programming was classical and jazz music.
    I got a job that requires a lot of business travel so I moved to Charlotte for the bigger airport and I soon discovered WFAE. I must say, I was blown away! I immediately fell in love with all the talk shows during the day and became, as many describe themselves, a NPR junkie. I work at home when I’m not traveling and WFAE is on all day (except when Fair Game comes on and then I turn it off and listen to a Barnes and Noble portable professor series on my Ipod to further my knowledge. Just kidding! Fair Game is growing on me. I didn’t like it at first but I’m coming around. Too bad you can’t look at Faith Salie through the radio.).
    What I want to say is, when I travel I constantly search for the local NPR station. In smaller towns you tend to get mostly classical and jazz with the news programs but the bigger cities have some of the talk. But the thing is, I’ve been in NYC, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, etc. and none of them are as good as WFAE. We get all the big programs here and I think the local reporting is great. Of all the local NPR shows I’ve heard Charlotte Talks is the best and the most professional. I know I’m probably biased but I think WFAE is really the best NPR station I’ve come across and from the show today I see why. The directors are forward thinking and always into trying out new things. Good work. Keep it up.
    And don’t bring back Whaddaya Know with Michael Feldman. I really was kind of annoyed by that show.
    -=Joey

  12. Don’t listen to all these old people complaining about Fair Game its one of the best shows on WFAE and is the show I use to get my college friends to try Public Radio. Your show is always good and so is fresh air, if any show needs to go its the DR Show she has great interveiws but her voice really grinds on me.

    Sorry I didn’t call in or write during the 9’am show but I have class during that time.

  13. 35 y.o. female here! I am a new fan of Fair Game. WFAE is the only radio station I know. During Fair Game, I find myself wanting to jot down things to research later. Everytime I listen to it, I find myself relating to it more than any of the other shows that are offered on WFAE. And I listen to most of them. I have really tried giving Mike Collins a shot, I find myself changing the channel from embarassment a lot of times. Sorry Mike, but we are on different wavelengths. I find it difficult to stomach his interviews. How about some tougher harder hitting specific issues on this kind of local show? And Garrison Keiller time? Yawn! The radio gets turned off. However, I like what you are trying to do with FAIR GAME. Faith has a healthy attitude and opinion about everything and I really like how her wonderful and inspiring personality comes through in her interviews and general comments. So smart too! Love, love, love her. Great role model for young girls. Is it not doing well with the older, traditional males in the Charlotte market? Perhaps they don’t know how to respond to smart, vivacious, interesting, opinionated women? Also I was a fan of the Michael Feldman show. I always found his personality to be quite appealing. News and Notes, bravo! Quite happily surprised that you are offering a show like FAIR GAME. I think you guys are heading in the right direction.

  14. Hello, 34 year old listener have been for the last 20 years. I really enjoy News & Notes and This American Life. Although, I must admit I was upset when it was moved to 10pm, buts its fits my schedule now. Fair Game, its ok, but I would love to hear the Tell Me More with Michelle Martin but I understand it may be seen as a duplication of News & Notes. Keep up the good work!

  15. My wife absolutely hates Fair Game – she thinks it sounds too clever and makes a strained effort @ comedy…. as one of your hosts mentioned it is hard to do without any live audience.
    I used to love On Point Radio by WBUR. I hope you consider this as a replacement.
    Otherwise, you are all doing a fantastic job!


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