Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tell Us Your Listening Story

Listener Stories 141 to 150

Hi there. It's often Car Talk on Sundays.

I've listened to KSJN for so many years that you were still doing live broadcasts from the Abbey at St. John's in Collegeville. In 1979 the world began to turn ugly and All Things Considered brought it to us. The most vivid things their theme brings up are: the Iran Revolution, the 1st US execution, and a locally produced documentary about a place called 8A. (Heard these over mashed taters in the kitchen.)

Understandably, I couldn't handle your news programming and grew up into a music loving socially conscious adult.

I love bluegrass! I revel in a good story, and have always gotten a kick out of your goofy sound effects guy--especially the one about the boat, mower, chainsaw and electric toothbrush where they all started the same. When GK left the morning show, I was sad to see him go.

I love the organ program, the jazz image, and in a pinch I loved Bob & Bill.

What do the programs I love all have in common? Easy, they are locally programmed by the personalities and the morning program and Bob & Bill were LIVE.

I listened to you in my workplace at a jeweler, a woodshop, in the car (Sunshine the BUG), at the cabin, in the boat and across the state.

Please don't discount the fact that we listeners actually prefer live programs that talk to us not at us. We need more music and less politics. We are only searching for some peace.



Rosemary Strobel of Rochester/Minneapolis, MN

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Am a retired educator. Wake up with "Z" every morning (in my dreams, hope you have a sense of humor). MPR/NPR are the only radio I listen to except for a little 'CCO when traveling to the metro for traffic reports and the "ego" Sid on Sunday morning.

Like Midmorning; Kerry Miller is the best you've ever had at that spot.

Talk of the Nation is a must when in the car which is quite often. Same with All Things Considered. Wish Krista Tippet's, Speaking of Faith were on a better time.

That's about it from Lake Wobegon south. Garrison passes the time well enough when driving, speaking of....


Peter Johnson of Winona, MN

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My husband and I are Public Radio junkies- every radio in our house is tuned to KCCD and we often have two or three on at once so we can listen as we move through the house or go out to the garage or porch. Yes, I have stayed in my car to listen to the end of a story. Yes, I have been late to work for the same reason. We keep a radio in our boat for fishing trips so we can catch PHC before going in for supper, one in our camper so we can get CarTalk while we cook breakfast on Saturday morning, and our new car has a radio good enough to pick up stations all the way to Chicago. (There used to be a dead spot between Fergus Falls and the Cities.)

I am happy to say that my three daughters are fans as well and all of us are members, except the recent college grad. She's getting a membership for her birthday.

Keep up the great work!

lynn tkachuk of moorhead, MN

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I have listen Mon-Fri 8a.m.-5:30p.m. for over four years. I work as a Shipping and Receiving Manager. I honestly don't think I could survive without Minnesota Public Radio. I love it so much I have considered going back to school so I could work for public radio. Sadly, I have not become a member, I used to be for NDPR. Guilt me into it on the next drive...PLEASE!!

Talk of the Nation is the best, and so is MPR!

John Hegerle of Fargo, ND

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I have listen Mon-Fri 8a.m.-5:30p.m. for over four years. I work as a Shipping and Receiving Manager. I honestly don't think I could survive without Minnesota Public Radio. I love it so much I have considered going back to school so I could work for public radio. Sadly, I have not become a member, I used to be for NDPR. Guilt me into it on the next drive...PLEASE!!

Talk of the Nation is the best, and so is MPR!

John Hegerle of Fargo, ND

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My college age son got me started listening to your station because it was the only way to keep up with him on information. To have an intelligent conversation with him I needed to be better informed.
I sit at a desk eight hours a day. I used to listen to another station that promised news but what it really gave was 'fluff' lots of commercials,weather and traffic every 10 minutes. I appreciate that I don't have to suffer through that on MPR.
I became a member this year and I have him to thank for being more aware of what is going on around me.

Darla Philipczyk of Blaine, MN

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I am proud to say that I listen to MPR at least 40 hours a week. I have a radio turned to 91.1 at my desk and am able to listen most of the day. I also tune in on my way to and from the office. I also enjoy the evening shows, “As it Happens”, “Fresh Air”, the BBC, etc.

Recently I spent three months in Virginia Beach, VA. Being that Virginia is so close to our nations' capital I assumed they would have a public radio network similar to MPR. Needless to say, I assumed incorrectly, the public radio stations in Virginia are, by far, inferior to Minnesota Public Radio. The programming is not nearly as interesting and the program hosts lack the experience and charisma of MPR. In fact, most shows I would listen to, excluding weekend programming, were those presented by MPR (now American Public Media).

I now know there is no substitute for Minnesota Public Radio!

Thank you,

James M. Lucht
Supporting Member


James Lucht of Minneapolis, MN

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I am a 23 year old college student. I currently attend the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. I grew up in the northern suburbs and remember as a child listening to MPR whenever I was in the car with my dad. He always told us to pay attention to the world around us. Since the age of 18 (and when I started to attend college)I have been a devoted listener of MPR. I love shows such as car talk, all things considered, sound money, and marketplace (did I mention I am a marketing/business major). My car radio is locked to 91.1 and I have my girlfriend addicted now also. She loves the splendid table!!! Thank you so much for public information.

Joe

Joseph Latorre of Coon Rapids, MN

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Well now...I would like to say I listen because of the intellectual values, or I can't breathe without the it's stimulation, or being involved with the arts in my community and its irristable to my artistic self.

I would like to say all of the above...but the radio comes on with the bathroom light, and the tuning knob broke when it fell in the toilet.

Pick on. Then accept my thanks for being there.


Owen Schmidt of North Mankato, MN

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There is a calm in listening to MPR, even if there is "raging" news. I love radio; don't think it can be replaced. MPR is like a trusted friend...........

S.A. Konsor of Holdingford, MN

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