Tuesday April 29, 2008 | Average Joes

April 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Posted in On Air | 7 Comments

Today, our Average Joe series continues with a look at what is on the mind of our listeners.  With the North Carolina primary less than a week away, the election is sure to be a hot topic.  Join the conversation here.


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  1. with the growth of this area i really dont think that local goverment was’t read for it

  2. oooooooooooooppppp’s local goverment really wasn’t ready for the explostion of growth

  3. There’s a lovely photo of Bill Clinton and Rev. Wright floating around the Internet tubes.

  4. McNasty is 71. DOB 8/29/36

  5. The wording of Mr. Clinton’s thank-you note to Mr. Wright, dated Oct. 28, 1998:
    Dear Pastor Wright:
    Thank you so much for your kind message.
    I am touched by your prayers and by the many expressions of encouragement and support I have received from friends across our country.
    You have my best wishes.
    Bill Clinton

  6. I started out thinking the panel was more balanced than usual this morning with their view that government shouldn’t solve all problems. Then I learn that 3 of the 4 plan to vote for Obama, the most liberal of all Democrats in the Senate. The fourth plans to vote for Clinton. There’s a disconnect in that both candidates stand for many government programs in an effort to solve everyones problems and they are against doing one of the most important things government should do. Namely, fight wars to protect us from the spread of radical Islam. The panel, I’m sure, is made up of fine people with valid viewpoints but where’s the balance? The crew at “Charlotte Talks” is great and they try (they even had me on once)but why have Republicans on if they are “in name only” or can’t “find a Republican to vote for since ’72”? I respectfully submit that there has never been in the history of “Average Joes” four panelist that all voted Republican. I also think there would be hell to pay from the high-minded tolerant intellectuals in the listening audience if there were to be.

  7. Just a clarification for Gregg- (hope you’re doing well, Gregg!)… on the Average Joe’s shows, we put people on the show who volunteer to be on the show. Simple as that. We don’t go out and recruit people for this, and our pool of candidates for Average Joe’s come from volunteers who want to be on the show who are listeners of Charlotte Talks on WFAE. The folks who were on the show this week were the only four who fit the time requirements and most closely fit into a balanced crew of Joe’s. I personally put together the Average Joe’s shows each month and the balance is something I strive for. However, I can only put people on who have volunteered to be on. If there were more Republicans who wanted to be on in this particular month, we would have had the opportunity to put them on. But the Republicans who were on were the only ones who volunteered this month- maybe next month we’ll get more lucky. And to correct you, I need to point out that we absolutely DID have a whole panel of Republicans on to really understand that point of view, as we’ve done with Democrats in the past, and Young people in the past, and a full panel of women and a full panel of men. But the main point is that I can only create a panel of Average Joe’s from the pool of volunteers that have put their name in the hat. I’ve even had Mike specifically ASK for Republicans, or Young People or Women or whatever group we’re in desperate need for on the air. (incidentally, if anyone is interested in being an Average Joe, please email me! charlottetalks@wfae.org)

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