Friday, January 26, 2007

WMUB's distinguishing feature

I listened with great interest to the interview with [Cleve Callison] about the station on Forum [January 19th]. I personally have always thought that the major factor distinguishing WMUB from other area public stations is the hands-on, on-air opportunities it provides our undergraduate students interested in broadcasting -- not surprising given Miami's emphasis on high-quality undergraduate education generally. Thus the station seems to integrally fit into the U's guiding philosophy -- a perpsective I hope will not be lost on the administration as it ponders the financial circumstances of WMUB.

--James Brock, Professor of Economics, Miami University

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Almost Monday - Good show, Bad name, Won't contribute

And we don't even go to work on Monday! Two self-employed creative types, and we like the programming, BUT, it has become tiresome and non-clever to hear student DJs say "It's almost Monday" several times during each announcement break.
We do not have corporate jobs to return to Monday, but if we did, I think we'd turn it off to avoid the pain of hearing this pushed in our ears along with the good music by students that probably don't have to work.
There are just way too many instances of the phrase uttered. After several (or many?) years of this, can you lighten up the on the Monday quips?
Really, the too-clever and kind of old brand is irritating enough that we would not contribute, even though we live within listening range. And by the way, we love Tony Mowod's Overnight Jazz, so we really should contribute. We listen to WYSO much less, but they get our support.
It is the little things that count sometimes. Which, for a public radio station, you need a way for people to contact you and know they were heard. How would we ever know this message reached anyone? Maybe because it's not happy email, it's just deleted?

--Patricia in Yellow Springs

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

NPR needs more hard news

Tell NPR that they need more hard news and more incisive international and national reporting. Too many human interest stories, not enough real issues...low wages, joblessness, underemployment, global warming, school graduation, condition of US education. Would like to see more science stories too. We need to go back to what they used to be!

--Name withheld by request, Richmond

Dial permanently set

Thank you for all you do. I have my radio dial permanently set to NPR.

--Gail Neff, Miamisburg

Cut HD broadcasting

If you want suggestions on what to cut, I would say cut digital/HD broadcasting.

--Name withheld by request, Centerville, IN

Worth a dollar a day

Thanks to Cleve's invitations to provide adequate support for WMUB to continue excellent programming, I finally realized that, yes, WMUB is definitely worth a dollar a day. This pledge fulfills that decision for 2006!

--Mary Melvin, Miami faculty emerita

Signal problems

I love WMUB and have pledged a monthly stipend for years. This year I pledged to WYSO instead for this reason: I frequently cannot pull in your station on the portable radio I use when gardening. WYSO has a stronger signal in my area. I wish you could do something so that you were not drowned out by conflicting FM stations.

--Name withheld by request, Springboro

One of foremost reasons to live here

WMUB is one of the foremost reasons to enjoy living in the Miami Valley area of America. You are my constant "radio friend" throughout the day. I never buy a radio that cannot receive your station's signal here. It's that important to me!

--Ernest Carlson, Centerville

My most important source

WMUB is my most important source of local and state news. It is also my most important contact with the surrounding community. Please, Miami, don't cut funding to WMUB! It is a very important community outreach. I have referred students to WMUB for several years as an antidote to the misinformation that they get on ordinary radio.

--Name withheld by request, Miami faculty emerita

Friday, January 05, 2007

Sorry, but . . .

Sorry that we can no longer be there for you.

You might want to look into any change made approximately 2 years ago. We have not been able to receive a clear signal, or sometimes, any signal at all, in our area of Ohio. Home, work or car radios will not pick up without a great deal of static and fizz.

I would love to get my [NPR] fix each day from Miami but . . .

--David in West Milton