Kudos & Brickbats Received from Listeners During This Spring Fund Drive

Apr 7, 2015

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  • Got a text from my 27-year-old daughter a few days ago. "Thinking about you Dad, because I'm LISTENING to NPR most of my days now. I remember complaining about you listening all the time when I was a teenager. Now while I listen, often I think about you." Is that great or what? - Tulsa
  • KWGS is the best NPR station in the country.  I stream it every morning no matter where I am. I was in Shekou, Shenzhen, China streaming KWGS morning and evening. Road trips. You always keep us abreast of our lovely Tulsa as we move around the country with my job.  Thank you so much for all that you do so well. - The Woodlands, Texas
  • Keep Splendid Table, Morning Edition, and Fresh Air coming! - Tulsa
  • Prairie Home Companion! On Being! Selected Shorts! WWDTM! All things Considered! Ted! Diane Rehm! - Sand Springs
  • I used to live in Jenks.  I love being able to reach KWGS up in Wisconsin via the internet. - Neenah, Wisconsin
  • I particularly enjoy Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered, but I'm also informed about new developments whenever I tune in. - Tulsa
  • Thank you for all that you do for the Tulsa community! There is not a program that I don't enjoy. - Claremore
  • I hate all sports & NPR really has way too much of it now. Every program has a special sports report. People who love sports don't listen to NPR and anyone who wants sports reporting can find it EVERYWHERE! Give the rest of us a break from all the screaming & high salaried idiots. - Tulsa
  • We love NPR! Especially RadioLab, Prairie Home, the Splendid Table, Wait Wait, and Car Talk. Keep up the good work! - Tahlequah
  • My favorite is the announcer with the beautiful voice in the morning....can't think of his name at the moment. - Bixby
  • Please earmark for Big Band Saturday nights. - Tulsa
  • All This Jazz is a fantastic radio show! The host produces a truly excellent mix of jazz music that you can't hear anywhere else on the air in Tulsa. I'm a fairly regular listener but would be able to listen more often if it aired at an earlier time. Thanks for providing such great programs produced right here in Tulsa. Would love to hear more music programs on the air. - Tulsa
  • Folk Salad is another example a great music program produced in Tulsa. I love the nice mix of tunes they play and that they're in touch with the thriving music scene here in Oklahoma. I would love to hear some more music programming instead of repeats of talk shows. - Tulsa
  • The Splendid Table is "old stuff" and boring. Get more PRI programs. - Tulsa
  • You've always aired excellent news and talk programs. I really like the interesting newer programs you're airing, such as Here and Now, RadioLab, Documentary of the Week. I also really love shows like Studio 360, This American Life, Selected Shorts, and of the station's own Studio Tulsa. I'm glad that there are a few Tulsa based music shows airing. I especially love All This Jazz and Folk Salad, as well as Swing On This. - Tulsa
  • No screaming commercials!! Lots of news. Varied programming. Science. Music. Very little sports. - Tulsa
  • I would love to hear more music programming on 89.5. One excellent jazz program that I'd love to hear is Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride. I'd especially love to hear more jazz in general, and perhaps more music programming instead of repeats of some of the talk shows. Thanks! - Tulsa
  • Public Radio Tulsa provides an invaluable service to me every day, by keeping me informed on current events, and keeping me entertained during a 45-minute one-way commute. I'm proud to support such a great service to our region. - Tulsa
  • Our family listens to KWGS 89.5 on a daily basis.  There are many programs that we enjoy on the station, including Diane Rehm, Radiolab, Fresh Air and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.  Our children even enjoy programs right along with us.  We are donating so that a new generation of listeners can continue to hear quality, thought provoking programs. - Owasso
  • Myself and my son enjoy the the news while riding to school/office every morning. It makes him aware about the latest news when he starts his school day and be the most alert student in class. Thank you. - Tulsa
  • I wish you kept an archive of John Wooley's program, "Swing on This". Even if you charged subscription fee to cover the expense of cataloging episodes for Invisibilia, Radio Lab, Science Friday, and a new one I heard this week - that featured inventions. (New battery - greener - to be installed in the Smithsonian story.) I would give more but I'm in school preparing for another career. I'm looking forward to Folk Salad! Connie Cronley mentioned it during the fund drive this week. Thank you! - Tulsa
  • I love: Splendid Table, Car Talk, Wait Wait, basically the Saturday lineup. Weekdays I enjoy the Writer's Almanac, the noon show especially Rick Steves, and Marketplace Money. And I often catch Studio Tulsa. - Tulsa
  • GET AFROPOP WORLDWIDE!!!!!! Local music is fine too but some of us are transplants to the cultural epicenter of the Midwest - Tulsa
  • I love the Diane Rehm show and Morning Edition. Your early afternoon lineup on Sunday is fantastic as well. - Tulsa
  • It keeps me informed on so many issues. I used to only listen to radio that played mainstream music, and at the time I hated to listen in the morning when they had their various talk shows. For some reason, the day after the last presidential election, I decided while at work to turn on NPR and I haven't looked back. I spend most of my work day in a truck and I listen to no less than 30 hours of NPR on any given week. It makes me feel more plugged in to my local community as well as more connected to what is going on all across the country and around the world. My wife teases me because I used to say I would never listen to "talk radio" and now, just about every night, I have a story to tell at dinner about something I learned on the radio today. - Tulsa
  • Good overall NPR affiliate. Reporter Matt Trotter approach to coverage of the news. - Tulsa
  • This is the station I listen to to get all the news first. I appreciate the fact that you take the time to tell the story with more details. - Tulsa
  • I like the local programming, but I could do without Here and Now. I know Car Talk has been the most popular show, but since it is all reruns, I wouldn't mind seeing it phased out. I LOVE Radio Lab, Invisibilia, and This American Life, and would love to hear more of those! - Tulsa
  • I have the music on all day and so very much enjoy it. It adds some peace to my home. - Tulsa
  • My day always begins with Morning Edition, and is enriched through the hours with Fresh Air and All Things Considered.  Yours is the only radio station my car understands.  - Tulsa
  • Love State Impact! I look forward to it as much as the national news. As far as national news, I appreciate the new Marketplace segment on Morning Edition. - Collinsville
  • My son is a classical violist in Berlin. We've always listened to classical music--maybe that's why our son is a violist in Berlin.  Anyway, your music makes us happy because it reminds us of our son. - Tulsa
  • We are especially fond of Dianne Rehm and Classical 88.7 Keep up the good work, and keep to the high ground. - Tulsa
  • An oasis in a desert. A daily "must have" in my life. - Tulsa
  • I am beginning a pursuit of a social work career, and your programs educate me everyday about important social issues and innovative solutions to social problems. What I learn from your station will make a positive difference in my future social work career. Thanks for reporting about topics that truly matter. - Tulsa
  • Improve local news reporting & coverage utilizing appropriate sentence structure and grammar. Too folksy! - Tulsa
  • Love the shows: Tulsa Studio, Fresh Air, Wait Wait, Prairie Home Companion, Morning News, Car Guys, All Things Considered... but most of all: American Experience - Tulsa
  • “Hate It” is pretty strong/harsh comment for BusinessWorld. I don't much care for the constant badgering back and forth so usually don't listen to it if I can find something else on. - Tulsa
  • My day/life would seriously be affected if I could not listen to KWGS and KWTU on my commute to work and during the day. - Tulsa
  • When I moved to Iowa for college, I turned on NPR to ease my homesickness a bit. It reminded me of listening to NPR on the way to school every morning with my father. Now I listen to it in the mornings while taking my son to preschool. I can't imagine raising a child in this world without having the consciousness raising reporting that I can only find on NPR. - Jenks
  • We love most everything about KWGS, particularly Scott Gregory! - Tulsa
  • The Diane Rehm show and Wait Wait Don't Tell me are a couple of our national favorites. LOVE the local news. Keep up the great work! - Tulsa
  • Favorite show is Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me - Tulsa
  • It would be wonderful if y'all could institute an announcement/events calendar so that one could go to your site and get the particulars regarding an event you have announced. By the time I realize that we are interested in the event, the info has already been announced. I know, I know, that's yet more work. You might talk to your sister station out of OSU for a format to copy/use. LOVE all the local features. We're recently returned to the area, after 47 years away, and this station has brought us up-to-date with the Tulsa area. - Sapulpa
  • I love classical music, but often choosing news-related programming (KWGS) over 88.7 right now. That won't always be the case -- this has a lot to do with working full time. - Tulsa
  • I adore NPR and Public Radio Tulsa, the events you throw and the events you support between programs. I love your loyalty and support to the Tulsa area, and music programs you create. Also, Matt Trotter is pretty great. ;) - Tulsa
  • NPR makes it easy to be a lifelong learner and you can't beat the tuition! - Tulsa
  • Thank you for being the station that asks it's guests a question and then actually allows them to answer. - Broken Arrow
  • Best public radio station in OK and/or AR - Poteau
  • I would hate to have to go through my workday without you. I can't easily listen to the programs at noon due to where I eat lunch. I'll have to try to find time to investigate some of them on line - I am not familiar with most of them. Weekend editions, TTBOOK, DIANE REHM (!) & Wait Wait are big favorites [oh, most of these aren't "weekday" programs]. Also Rick Steves (I record it when it's a topic I want to hear). I still miss Talk of the Nation & its call-in questions & comments from listeners of all stripes. Here & Now is just another rehash of current news, etc. & too much like the already covered ground of Morning Edition & ATC. I wish I could hear more of BBC overnight, but by virtue of its name, it's on at an inconvenient time. - Tulsa
  • I still listen to Prairie Home Companion some, but can't hang in there for 2 hours. ( It seems to need a bit of updating.) - Tulsa
  • If you ever stop airing Splendid Table and Car Talk, I'll probably die. They've been my Sunday ritual for over a decade. I need to try to catch Folk Salad and Folk Sampler more often. - Tulsa
  • Was a big fan of Car Talk about two years ago. Have listened since inception but now "just" repeats. I thought that some were actually helped! Market Place Money is very insulting in that they pander to people who can't balance their check book or pay their bills. Simply irresponsible. Bob Potter years ago did a much better job in Smart Money, I believe. - Tulsa
  • Sorry gang, the mourning needs to end---- it's time for Car Talk to go to the junk yard! Also, have to agree with others--- Prairie Home Companion is getting tiresome. Had hoped new life was being instilled with a couple of lively, young guest hosts, but then--- Garrison returned. Yawn..... - Tulsa
  • I usually turn to 88.7 if the NPR programing isn't of interest to me. So glad we have it available in Tulsa! - Tulsa
  • My favorite, favorite show is Splendid Table. - Tulsa
  • "The Splendid Table" is stupid. How can you have a program about food without seeing, smelling, or tasting? Somewhat akin to touring a art museum by a blind guide. Totally irrelevant. - Tulsa
  • Please, more jazz much earlier, and little or no big band! - Tulsa
  • Favorite show is Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me - Tulsa
  • I listen via internet and sometimes over a standard tuner. I never know if I'm listening to HD or "regular" radio. - Tulsa
  • Having reliable local, national & international news up to date. Also Rich Fisher interviews. I like most of the affiliated programs, and especially Diane Rehm (however, I think we need a younger version of her, but the same timely topics.) I love not having to endure commercials on NPR & PBS. I rarely watch local TV news because of the ads, overdone weather reports, and because I can get what's pertinent in local news on KWGS in the mornings. - Tulsa
  • NPR and KWGS is always my favorite. The news we can trust everyday. The only radio I was listening since 4 years and love it. Keep it going guys. - Bartlesville
  • When I renewed my Tulsa World subscription for a year, I realized that KWGS is as important to me as the daily newspaper.  So, here is my donation in the same amount as the newspaper subscription.  How can I afford to do any less for such a vital part of my life? - Tulsa
  • Thank you for supplying my NPR fix. You've become a constant in my life. I wouldn't think of beginning the day without a cup of coffee and NPR. I couldn't get through the day without a few hours of NPR; it's brain exercise. Guess I'm weird but I love the fund drives. I get such a kick out of all the local commentators. I do wish you'd mention how close you are to the goal more frequently. We want to know if we're getting you closer. Thank you, KWGS, for making Oklahoma a little more livable. - Tulsa
  • Love all your programs except the jazz on Saturday night. - Muskogee
  • Please please bring back coffee mugs instead of tote bags and hats. I love my NPR coffee mugs. - Owasso
  • I love public radio programs, especially Wait, Wait, The Splendid Table, Science Friday  and the puzzle guy. - Tulsa
  • I love the live Opera broadcasts - Tulsa
  • Love your female announcers on classical music. Particularly Andrea Blaine, very insightful and sensuous. - Tulsa
  • I don't listen to anything regularly. I just switch over here when I don't want to hear a story (usually b/c I've heard it earlier) on Morning Ed or ATC. If I like what's playing, I hang around for a bit, if not, I switch back. Used to listen to part of Performance Today on my way home & enjoyed the hopeless (for me) challenge of the Piano Puzzler. Amazingly, I got one right occasionally. - Tulsa
  • Update and without a biases. As I've said you get the impression that these people really care about their business. - Tulsa
  • Programs like Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and Car Talk. This year, I began to appreciate Snap Judgment. Serial was an amazing and addictive experience. - Tulsa
  • It's smart & tells me about lots of stuff I want to know more about. Plus, I think I have a crush on Steve Inskeep. I have to agree with the comment I read: "I couldn't exist in Oklahoma without NPR and the news coverage. It's a lifeline to a saner civilization!” - Tulsa
  • The only time I turn my dial off 89.5 is for the Diane Rehm show (when she's hosting) and after Prairie Home Companion on Saturday nights. - Tulsa
  • I'd like less local news in the morning (but I realize that I'm not really an Oklahoman in my heart, so I don't care & I often find it irritating at best to hear what's going on in the state). I do often wonder what I'm missing on NPR while I'm listening to local news. This is no reflection on John Durkee - I like him & miss his appearances on RSU-TV's OK News Analysis (off topic…). - Tulsa
  • Love the weekends on NPR! - Tulsa
  • I have the dial set at your station at all times! I dare anyone to change the station! Love listening. - Tulsa
  • I love your money/finance shows, PHC, Car Talk, WWDTM, etc! - Tulsa
  • It gets better each year. More and more local news. - Tulsa
  • I do have a "dislike" of the many unknown (to me) music groups that are highlighted so often, and then the excerpts played are frequently "noise" to me, and I can't wait to turn off the radio to stop the noise. And I find I don't turn it back on as readily as I used to. As you've likely guessed, I'm an old, and have no interest in noisy music. But I understand the reason, that you're trying to build a more youthful audience, so I hope It works. I have a feeling that most young adults will not "get" the importance of NPR & PBS until they're in their 30s, when they realize they truly must grow up and get reliable news reporting in order to make good decisions. - Tulsa
  • Classical station makes the drive around Tulsa almost enjoyable. Keep up the good work. - Broken Arrow
  • I need to try to catch Swing on This and Big Band Saturday Night more, but I'm not listening to the radio at that time. Ditto American Routes and All This Jazz. - Tulsa
  • Bring Back "Talk of the Nation"! - Broken Arrow
  • Did I miss it? I didn't see the TED Radio Hour. That would be in the LOVE category. - Tulsa
  • StudioTulsa often includes interviews with those in town for lectures. I would like to hear more public announcements in advance. Sometimes these interviews are scheduled for that day, and the evening program is running simultaneous to the lecture when the listener might have been willing to attend the lecture then pick up the interview at a later time from the archives. That said, these interviews are generally excellent and Mr. Fisher well prepared. He represents Tulsa very well. Thank you! - Tulsa
  • Have longer segments in the mornings, maybe 10-15 minutes, about what is going on in Tulsa vs 5 minutes. - Tulsa
  • 1) More Barry Friedman! 2) More OK Policy! (ok, that's a bit self-serving) 3) Have you ever considered substituting an hour of CBC's (fresh, hip) Q for an hour of Diane Rehm (yawn) in the morning? - Tulsa
  • Love Diane Rehm, Wait, Wait, Best of Car Talk, Krista Tippett, Swing on This and more.  There will be a matching grant from Phillips 66 headed your way, too. - Tulsa
  • I listen to NPR every morning and evening on my way home.  The only thing I don't care for is the older music, I grew up in the 60's and 70's and would like to hear more interviews and stories about the members.  I enjoy StoryCorps too.  Thank you. - Porter
  • We just moved back from a larger southwestern city and we're delighted with the excellent quality of the local programming and hosts. Rich Fisher is outstanding and the weekend music programs are wonderful! - Tulsa
  • Are there any more band programs that could be aired on 88.7?  I would love to hear more wind music. - Tulsa
  • Great station; I've supported for years. Although not your fault, every now and then, I hear a bit of incorrect grammar on NPR.  - Tulsa
  • Barry Friedman made me do it.  His commentary on the fund drive KILLS me.  I think you all should auction off a dinner with him and Scott Gregory.... - Tulsa
  • I would be really sad to ever lose the NPR stations.  Thanks to all who create the programming and make it possible. - Tulsa
  • Sometimes I've enjoyed RadioLab, but sometimes it's too long and I give up. I don't listen to radio in the evening very much (as I usually watch PBS.) - Tulsa
  • Thanks to a story on NPR, my mother was diagnosed with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. Has been seeing a top neurologist for years for memory loss.  After she had begun to have difficulty walking, I heard the story on NPR.   I asked her doctor if this could be the problem. An MRI and lumbar puncture confirmed the diagnosis.  Thanks NPR!  Not sure this would have been identified if I had not heard your story. - Tulsa
  • I occasionally like Studio Tulsa, RadioLab, and Commonwealth Club. It depends what the subject or who the guest is. I often listen to Fresh Air but it also depends on the subject. This American Life is usually good, but I usually miss it; I just don't think to catch it. - Tulsa
  • I am truly appreciative of more in-depth covering of either local or regional news; also appreciate sharing state-wide resources to cover these things. - Tulsa
  • I appreciate Public Radio because there isn't the constant drivel heard on other stations. I like in-depth stories and, being a detail oriented person, I like the fact that NPR drills down into the meat of the story and doesn't just say enough to get you interested and then move on. I like the the features and the variety offered. I do wish "Splendid Table" was on twice during the weekend for the times I can't listen at 3:00 - 4:00 PM on Sunday. What I REALLY wish is that "Swing on This" with John Wooley was a two-hour show and Alan Lambert's was only an hour (if even that). John Wooley's show has a huge appeal for the Tulsa area, but is truly amazing entertainment and that one hour goes by way too fast! I like the bonus incentive from Southwood Nursery. I used to wait until Friday to donate...now I donate early! - Tulsa
  • The variety of stories about Tulsa. - Tulsa
  • I like: 1. no commercials 2. interesting stories 3. interesting commentators - Tulsa
  • Would love to hear the Moth radio hour. Also would be nice if Snap Judgement were on at an earlier hour. - Tulsa
  • Having reliable local, national & international news up to date. Also Rich Fisher interviews. I like most of the affiliated programs, and especially Diane Rehm (however, I think we need a younger version of her, but the same timely topics.) I love not having to endure commercials on NPR & PBS. I rarely watch local TV news because of the ads, overdone weather reports, and because I can get what's pertinent in local news on KWGS in the mornings. - Tulsa
  • I love Studio Tulsa when I feel like its more local news/ local issues focused. I am less interested in the art/culture stuff. To each his own I guess. - Tulsa
  • Love having Marketplace Morning as part of the drive time lineup.  Thanks for the great work you do!! - Tulsa
  • You do a pretty good job of keeping us listeners informed. Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me is my favorite program. Of course, the puzzler comes in second. And then my favorite Prairie Home Companion segment is the interaction between Mama and Duane. Sue Scott deserves an award for her portrayal of Mama. - Tulsa
  • We enjoy the local content that's been added in the past few years.  The most important shows to us are Morning Edition, Diane R & All Things Considered.  When we travel we realize many other NPR stations do not have the resources to buy as many shows as KWGS does.  We often listen to KWGS on the internet to feel a little more connected to home during long trips, far from Tulsa. - Tulsa
  • I couldn't exist in Oklahoma without NPR and the news coverage. It's a lifeline to a saner civilization! - Tulsa
  • NPR provides real broadcast journalism.  I have often wondered why other news organizations do not provide an online page of their standards and ethics the way NPR does.  So far as I am concerned, NPR is the gold standard for good journalism. - Tulsa
  • We love KWTU and KWGS, listening to these stations numerous hours daily.  Plus, we are alumni of the University of Tulsa. - Tulsa
  • Love it all, especially Studio Tulsa with Rich Fisher and Barry Friedman's commentary. - Sand Springs
  • I love everything about KWTU! All of the programming is fantastic and the hosts are so well-informed about the composers, artists, and music. I have listened to classical music for 20 years or better and have listened to KWTU since its beginning. THANK YOU! - Tulsa
  • I used to be a supporter of KERA in Dallas.  Having relocated to Tulsa, I am pleased to now support Public Radio Tulsa. - Tulsa
  • Please tell Garrison Keilor to retire. - Tulsa
  • Love NPR and the Jazz channel too. - Tulsa
  • Never let it end!  I need Public Radio. - Tulsa
  • My contribution is in honor of Rich Fisher and his outstanding work on STUDIO TULSA.  Listening to his interviews is in itself a liberal arts education. - Tulsa
  • I love listening to NPR. I am from India working here in the US. I went to school but started listening to NPR when I started my job. I wish I would have known it when I started the school. I would have loved to hear this for two more years. Why don't you come up with an idea of introducing NPR to international students when they start their life in America? Maybe an introduction during the first international student orientation? I think that would help increase your audience.  - Tulsa
  • In memory of Tom Magliozzi. Car Talk has always been one of my top favorites. Tom & brother Ray were such fun, you could feel the love they shared for each other. Condolences to Tom's family as well as their NPR family. - McAlester
  • My day starts with the Morning Edition and John Durkee! - Owasso
  • "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" is my favorite - Tulsa
  • I'm a weekend warrior.  Love being challenged and stimulated constantly by NPR. - Tulsa
  • Too many repeats on "Selected Shorts". - Broken Arrow
  • Your program make my commute much more enjoyable. I sometimes have to sit in the parking lot at work or the driveway at home to finish a program! - Tulsa
  • Great classical and jazz programming. great news and informational shows. Wonderful hosts. No radical changes, please. - Tulsa