Sunday, February 28, 2010


I wonder what percentage of pledged money actually gets paid to WUNC? Surely, there must be some loss between pledge and payment. What is that amount?

My request for Dick GORDON's compensation has been referred by the WUNC General Manager to her lawyer and she said I will hear "soon".

Friday, February 12, 2010

More fund raising

It seems to me odd, possibly suspicious, that WUNC always seems to reach its fund-raising goal. I'd sure like to understand more about how that really works. I suspect we see only a part of what is really happening.

A little after 9, they are saying on air - but not online - that they have had 6,500 (up from "more than 6,000" earlier in the morning) people "call in" (not sure if they all contribute?), and that they have 52,000 left to raise to reach their goal.

Still no response from anyone there on Dick GORDON's salary. I will persist in asking.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fund raising

It continues to surprise me that they do not use their website as a way of updating the pledge drive numbers. For the first time that I can recall, they seem to be doing a good job of telling us two things on air. One is the goal - 650,000 - and the other is where they are in trying to reach that goal. A day or two ago it was at 283,000 left to raise. This morning they said they were down to 208,000.

Given all the references to times being financially tough for so many, I wonder if any of the people at the station have accepted pay cuts?

I am still waiting for an answer to my query about how much Dick GORDON is paid.

And, in keeping with the spirit of getting it right, I hope someone has explained the correct pronuniciation by now of two words - Montreux in Switzerland and the first word in Bonne Soiree. I cannot believe that others have not corrected them, or maybe they just don't listen?

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


You keep reporting that there were wind advisories today for Central North Carolina.

I just sent this to WUNC's main e-mail address.
"You missed this one.
Unbelievable. With all of the rain we have had, this is an important warning to all of us with trees nearby and missing it is a pretty serious blunder on your part and you ought to apologize on air and admit your mistake.
Is anyone paying attention?"

I sent this after hearing the on-air readers talk about how important it was to have "perfection and current numbers" in referring to a plug for the fund drive from someone at NPR.


As an addendum, I woke up the next day - 10 Feb - at 6 AM. On WUNC, I heard that there was a high wind warning on the coast, but nothing about central North Carolina. (Keep in mind that the warning issued by the National Weather Serivce remained unchanged from yesterday mid-afternoon until 11 AM today when they reissued it.) Then at 7 PM, WUNC's voice saidd there was a "high wind watch", the advisory superceded yesterday afternoon. At 7:05, it was the lead news item with a mention of a "high wind advisory", not giving the full strength to the "warning" that had been issued. At 7:06, he finally got it right, noting a "high wind warning" until this evening.

It really makes for a stark contrast between the local people at WUNC and NPR and their other program providers. With all of the money they collect and spend, one would think they could do so much better.