Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Laid-Off Furniture Workers Try To Leap To Google" - NPR

Where is the reference to this three part series on the site? I cannot seem to find it.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Community Advisory Board — North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

You have to wonder whether the people who serve on this "board" whose terms were to expire almost a year ago got an extension or whether no one pays attention to the station's awful website.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"WUNC News"

This morning, WUNC carried an NPR report (as part of Morning Edition) on Italy and the financial crisis. In it, a chairmaker was reported to have set up a warehouse directly in NC. Where is the WUNC follow-up coverage of this? Was anyone at the station listening to the radio?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

WUNC off the air....

I was listening to the BBC Newshour at 9:40 AM today when a story on Zimbabwe was interrupted abruptly to say that the station was going off the air for twenty minutes because of work on the transmitter.

That's fine, but where is the rest of the story.

On the website, there is a mention of concern for worker safety. What's happening?

Why was there no announcement on air that the station would continue to be available on the web?

Why no continuing announcement/news "on-air" (through the website) about the outtage.

Why no warning in advance?

Why nothing on the website about where a listener can go - with a precise link - to listen to the rest of the BBC story that was interrupted?

For an organization that spouts so profusely how important it is as a source of information, reality just does not measure up to the promise.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

President OBAMA in NC but not on WUNC.....

The news and other judgments made at WUNC mystify me.

The President of the United States is in the WUNC coverage area today - Raleigh - speaking as I type this to a town hall of North Carolinians about health care reform.

At least one NC radio station is carrying the event live, along with at least one television station, and others have it available on the web.

Is there any mention whatsoever of this on the WUNC home page? No.

Is WUNC carrying the event live? No.

Is WUNC telling someone who comes to the WUNC site later where they can see or listen to the event later? No.

I have frequently used the word astounding to describe my reaction to decisions at WUNC. It applies here again.

Monday, July 27, 2009

"NPR Is Enhancing Its Web Site" -

I wonder if WUNC will explain any of this to listeners and/or on its website?

It would seem to me that WUNC has a huge opportunity to help its customers access huge amounts of additional content beyond what WUNC broadcasts or rebroadcasts. With all of the people working at WUNC, one would think that someone might have a spare moment do some of this.

Is it so hard to do what Scott SIMON has done in the linked video here ?

Thursday, April 30, 2009


I heard this morning on WUNC that they are up to 5,400 contributors for this travel lottery fund raiser. They keep talking about how much left to be raised, but I don't hear them say how much they have actually raised in payments and pledges. It would be interesting to know how this compares with efforts in previous years.

Naturally for WUNC, there is no information at all on the status of the fund raiser on their website.


They seem to be saying the number has now gone above 6,000 as of the morning of 1 May.


Still nothing on the WUNC website about the results, but I think they said on-air today - 5 May - that 7,500 people had contributed or pledged to contribute later.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

"WUNC opens Greensboro bureau" - News & Observer

Let's see....all of the stories reported from Greensboro are where, exactly, on the WUNC site? Maybe a couple of items in the last month, at least according to this search. For WUNC, I guess they think that's a lot.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"Good News for NPR: Its Most Listeners Ever" -

So, what are the specific numbers for WUNC during all those hours when it is simply relaying the NPR programming to listeners? How do those numbers compare with the number of people who listen to the vast minority of hours when WUNC broadcasts its own programming, including "The Story"? I'd love to see some charts that show WUNC's assumptions - and, of course, that's all they are in the end - about how many people listen to what.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

BBC Global Minds

Does WUNC have one of these "online communities"? I don't recall having seen such an opportunity.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Global Health Connections

It sure would be nice to know how much the grant was for this project and what was required? Were any requirements or restrictions imposed on the stories that we are hearing?

"Connie Walker named general manager of WUNC radio" - WUNC

Maybe she'll start off explaining how a station that only serves a portion of the state can call itself "North Carolina Public Radio"?