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Teece said...
I am very unhappy to hear that Fair Game is being cut . . . I really liked that show and looked forward to its humor and parody. Mountain Stage has really spiraled downward to a dry heave form of boring. Why not drop that one? Hmmm . . . Bring back Faith and her "Bathed In Glory" comrades, they're fun.

January 3, 2008 7:40 PM

Anonymous said...
a big thumbs up for World Cafe

January 3, 2008 8:42 PM

ArnDogg said...
Would just like to let you know that I absolutely love the World Cafe. I don't think I could have bared another "talk radio" show. Oh, by the way, my wife (Mary Beth) thinks that this afternoon's Beat Authority was wonderful. More great music! Classical, jazz, blues, alternative, world anything.

January 4, 2008 9:00 PM

Anonymous said...
in relation to the monies earmarked for rural broadband in St Law. County, Canton and Potsdam rural areas still have no access to any broadband. Time/Warner and the Town of Canton have not expanded cable service area in 15 yrs. dsl is also not available. the people in these areas pay the same tax as everyone else , without getting the same consideration and services.rural ares such as Colton and So. Colton, have access to broadband while we live 4 miles from Canton village, and cannot gain access without paying the high cost of wireless dish.maybe the persons in charge of spending these monies should take a closer look at the local situation before delegating all the funding .

January 9, 2008 10:21 AM

David Simmons said...
I have just returned to my mountain home in Paul Smiths, where the radio is all the media I allow, only to discover that Fair Game has been replaced by a souless retread of a show like World Cafe. Where is the attraction there? Fair Game is a slick and well produced hour of intrigue and humor and deconstruction. Perhaps you could return it to it's rightful spot (or at least at 8pm; switching it out with The World) at 7pm, and quit inserting Readers and Writers and Todd Moe's homespun show in its place, on Thursdays. I am okay with Friday's The Folk Show alternative. I do like the music. Oh, and please, please, please flush Mountain Stage. Larry Groce is an absolute self-serving egotist who believes he has his finger on the pulse of music. Most of his guests are compelling enough, but he reminds me of Paul Schaffer (David Letterman). If Larry Groce is such an accomplished musician, why in the world is his signature song such a piece of trash? There has to be better shows out there. Why not air a command performance of the previous week's Radio Bob's Rythym & Blues Show?

January 11, 2008 11:47 AM

Anonymous said...
I am really excited about The World Cafe...the music is unique, and it's a nice change from classical music every night. Thanks for adding it to the schedule!

January 11, 2008 3:03 PM

Dick Dowling Oswegatchie said...
NCPR folks, thanks for adding the World Cafe to your nightly schedule. I appreciate the chance to hear this eclectic brand of music, something that no other outlet in NNY offers. David Dye's interviews and insight add a lot to the program. WC with DD was a regular feature on a public radio station in Pittsburgh where I previously lived, and having it here is like making contact with an old friend. thanks. Also appreciate String Fever, Mountain Stage and most of Ira Glass' efforts Sunday at noon.

January 13, 2008 9:50 AM

Anonymous said...
Thank you NCPR for mentioning the Hidden/Censored primary candidates for president in your local morning news on Jan 22, 2008. Many people I know who make the extra effort to find out about the primaries strongly support Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul.

It an outrage that Morning Edition with feign seriousness and advocacy for the "three" Candidates said the South Carolina debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and CNN was a, "Contentious debate". How can we be down to three candidates when the numbers are all over the place and the primary has just started?

Could NCPR make up for this NPR censorship/omission with local news and quotes from the campaigns of: Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul?

This local effort is within your control and power. Please make the effort and inform your listeners who are starved for responsible media reporting of this "primary". Were counting and depending on YOU.

Richard Paolillo, West Stockholm

January 22, 2008 6:08 PM

Cathy said...
Thank you to Todd Moe at NCPR and Tom and Nellie Coakley for sharing such a powerful story this morning about the Coakleys' experiences in Vietnam. As I was driving to work, I was moved to tears listening to Tom as he described his life-changing injury and to Nellie, as I heard her talk about how her sense of values evolved during and after the Vietnam War. I've known Tom and Nellie for many years, but this story stopped me in my tracks. I was reminded (again) that our north country friends, colleagues, and neighbors all have so many rich stories to share.

January 31, 2008 12:21 AM

Richard Paolillo said...
Thanks NPR. It’s January 25, 2008 and you finally covered Dennis Kucinich’s platform for President of the United States on the very day he decided to drop out of the primary. NPR reported on Kucinich’s call for universal health care, pulling the troops out of Iraq, and ending the war. NPR also reported that he never acquired more than 1% of the delegates in the few states in which he ran, and he has four Democratic challengers to his seat in the house because he ignored his state while he was running for President.

The concerted exclusion of his campaign in both news coverage and the Nevada/Georgia debates was not reported. NBC rescinded Kucinich’s invitation to the Nevada debate. NBC is owned by GE (the BIG weapons, medical and nuke plant manufacturer) and appears threatened by a candidate that is opposed to war, for universal medical care and has a progressive energy policy. The media anointed “three candidates” have arranged the debates into a safe corner where the exchange of minor attacks centering on racism and Bill Clintons oral sex escapades remain center stage, entertaining the delegates for the coming weeks, while issues of life, death, debt, energy, global warming and health care are removed from the stage.

You might say Kucinich (and Mike Gravel) do not have the numbers for a viable candidacy. This approach is wrong for the following reasons: A candidate that meets the party’s requirements and gets on the ballots should get equal time; polls should not determine anything in a campaign; poll numbers vary wildly from one candidate to another weekly and state by state; you can not have a viable candidacy unless your platform/voice makes the news.

Is the campaign of Kucinich and Gravel so threatening as to compel NPR to follow the media monopoly’s lead, lock step, in all manners and ways? Is Democracy Now! such a threat that big money plutocrats and big money corporations would cut off the flow of station funding? Is the status quo that fragile? Is the censorship of presidential candidates’ ideas that essential in the maintenance of political control?
Richard Paolillo
West Stockholm, NY

February 1, 2008 11:44 AM

Anonymous said...
The new verb "to podcast" refers to the action of producing them, not the act of listening to them, as used by the local Morning Edition hosts.

February 4, 2008 7:58 AM

Mason "Tim" Smith said...
Dear Ellen and Jackie and Bob and Martha and all there:

Happy birthday all of you (and all of us).
When did WSLU itself start, was that no sooner than '68? I associate Jackie with my first awareness of it, and that's all mixed up with folk music, coffee houses, the beginning of the co-op, civil rights movement soon shading into the sorrows of the Viet Nam war. It seems to me the station was serving all those communities with information, connections.

And by the time I came back from Stanford, '70, it was the North Country Defense Committee's fight against the 760KV power line. As I remember that time, Jackie was WSLU, Martha was the newpapers, and Ellen was a charismatic leader in that fight. And things had gotten too grim for folk music.

Here's a question about the history of NPR, not NCPR. I used to listen to the CBC's great news program As It Happens, with Barbara Fromme (?) and Alan Maitland (?). When NPR came up with a show in the same format, All Things Considered, with Susan Stamberg and Bob Edwarde(?) I thought they'd pretty obviously copied the CBC. Is that right? At first, I remember thinking, it was but a pale copy. AIH was awfully good.

What about current trends in radio? This is a time to think about the future too. I am getting worried about it. Smart-ass, overproduced, quick-cut segments, even on ATC; heard one yesterday on a science matter, can't remember what. Do you think NPR is trying to go the way of the print newsmagazines, more and more cleverness and entertainment?

Loyally, Tim

March 7, 2008 11:59 AM

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March 7, 2008 12:00 PM

Fred Goss said...

enjoying the birthday show.

We'd vacationed here several times but I dont think ever turned on a radio but we moved here August 27, 1998.

I drove from VA in a large Ryder rent-a-truck towing a small car --totally unqualified to do so.

As we came through PA into NY I listened to NPR stations along the way and "somewhere above Syracuse" I found NCPR and have been on board ever since.

It was a Thursday (I looked it up) so I dont think Radio Bob was on that afternoon but I know I soon discovered this strange guy who played old R&B....

As several callers have said, I can't imagine living here without NCPR.

Thanks for everything

March 7, 2008 12:05 PM

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March 7, 2008 12:09 PM

Alan McLoed said...
Congratulations on turning 40! Tell Jackie, I’ll swap my law degree for a job at NCPR any time.

I started listening when we moved to Kingston from the remote outpost that is Prince Edward Island (over there by Iceland) five years ago and now listen from Todd to well past twilight. Your station has been instrumental in framing my idea that we live in a river valley shared by two countries rather than on opposite sides of a wall-like border. Now, because of NCPR, we’ve seen hockey games at SLU, spent summers hunting for frozen custard (unknown in Canada) and also explained your history through showing our kids civil war monuments in North Country town parks – all due to being attracted by these voices coming out of Canton. Come to think of it, I have also bought a banjo and a mandolin because of String Fever and also have, for a Canadian, an inordinate knowledge of the politics of a state senate race as well as the opinions of one Mr. Bruno down in Albany.

Thanks for all you do and here’s to another 40 years!

March 7, 2008 12:11 PM

Karen Cohen & Graham Holmes said...
Dear All,

Hearing Jackie and Ellen and Bob reminisce made me think about the station's early days and my connections. I am listening online from Florence, Italy where my husband, Graham Holmes, also a big fan, is working for a few months. So we arrived in Potsdam in 1976 and came to see people at the station in the early part of 1977, where I was welcomed by Jimmy Arvidsen, Rick Hutto and Jackie and invited to do some announcing and given the chance to do a program on Broadway musicals. I had the joy of doing On Broadway for several years, even after we left the region for Schenectady, thanks to Jackie's and others' great editing. Before I left I had another wonderful opportunity, together with Bob Vilas--the chance to coordinate the very first fund drive in the Fall of 1978. That's when I first met Ellen who was offering as a premium maple syrup and, I think, some chickens, as a premium. And as Jackie just said, we didn't give a dollar amount for the first drive. We didn't want to look foolish. We collected premiums from shops, businesses, people-- anyone we could think of-- literally knocking on doors. (The first year, Graham did his English dinner as a premium, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and after that, for some years he did different sizes of Christmas puddings based on sizes of contributions, made in and sent from Schenectady). The station is still wonderful and we still enjoy listening to it, from Lake Clear in the summer and now online.

Keep on doing what you do!!

Lots of love from Karen Cohen and Graham Holmes from a far country

P.S. I think when Rick Hutto left, didn't her first go to Guam? Or had he been there before he came to Canton.

March 7, 2008 12:14 PM

Michael Archibald said...

So, today is the day NCPR turns 40. I remember that day, it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be...

Seriously, congratulations to you and all the staff for making the station what it is today - a venerable North Country institution - enriching the lives of the people of the North Country through your programming and your building of community. We are so lucky to have you all, and St. Lawrence University could not be more proud of its association with North Country Public Radio!

March 7, 2008 12:17 PM

Burdette Parks said...
Happy, Happy Birthday to you and all of your wonderful, delightful crew.

Ben and Will wish a very Happy Birthday to you young whippersnappers too.

Live from Middle Saranac,
Burdette Parks

March 7, 2008 12:18 PM

Anonymous said...
Happy Birthday radio folks!
40 might be the new 25, but it's still a lot of airtime.

Kim Dedam, P-R staff writer

March 7, 2008 3:43 PM

Paula and Dave Weal said...
We became "public radio" junkies in the late 1970's having to drive back and forth to Syracuse due to our child's leukemia treatments. That led to listening to Public Radio driving back and forth to work from Carthage to Watertown. All of the "buttons" on the car radio are directed to public radio stations including WRVO and WCNY but because we now commute mostly from Carthage to Old Forge we can listen to NCPR nearly all the time having Carhtage, Lowville, Port Leyeden and Old Forge right down the line of buttons. I recall two inicdents regarding your station. It was call in time and the Syracuse station was threatening having to cut out news and "All things considered"due to lack of listener support and funds. They were announcing raising funds in the low 1000's. You guys were just totally raising 10 times more. Your fund raising is so successful because you are so responsive to the communities you serve. That makes me recall the first time I called in to one of your fund raisers. I was driving to work in Watertown and you played "Man of LaMancha" I was singing along all the way past the beautiful Rutland pond full of Geese arriving from the south. I pulled into the parking lot and called making my first "on air" pledge.

We love your station; we love public radio. Happy Birthday and many, many more.

Paula and Dave Weal of Carthage and Old Forge

March 8, 2008 8:47 AM

Mimi Van Deusen said...
Martha & All~

Happy birthday to WSLU
you've been with me
what ever I do

as i've traveled
near and far
you've beconed me
from abode and car

coming home always meant
down home elation
as we fiddled with the dial
for our beloved station

we would search through the dark
getting crackles and teases
then a voice oh familiar
such human sound doth pleases

living in the sunny south
walking white sand beaches
when a tinge of homesick hit
online listening did the trick!

you saw me through my triumphs
and helped me through my pain
and if I had a choice
I'd do it all again

I reach for you each morning
I listen late at night
we are friends for life-
North Country Public Radio-
northcountry's true delight!

Mimi Van Deusen

March 10, 2008 3:14 PM

April said...
As much as I appreciate World Cafe and hearing an hour of music that is complied much like a mixed tape that a friend would give me; I am devastated that Fair Game has been pulled. Fair Game is an insightful and fresh hour of commentatry on politics and our ever evolving culture. Like other bloggers have mentioned, I urge you to consider your line up again and to bring back Fair Game.

April 1, 2008 3:22 PM

Shir Filler, Saranac Lake said...
Hi, I want to say how much I appreciate you publicizing the Overeaters Anonymous minithon in Potsdam and OA in general with your story on April 3. I wanted to let you know that we also have an OA group that meets Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. in Saranac Lake at the Will Rogers Residence. For more information, people can contact me at 891-6755. Thanks!

April 21, 2008 12:01 PM

Anonymous said...
Tired of this War! Join us!

NCPR should be publicizing this event that is going on right now and goes through Sat. It would be nice to form a group from the North Country to add!

May 13, 2008 10:44 PM

Josh Hutchinson, Canton / UK said...
I'm listening to my favorite show (Radio Bob's R&B) and just thought that I'd mention how much I enjoy the NCPR top story podcast. I live abroad and so have to make a bit of effort to listen to NCPR shows (the time difference makes it difficult!) and I love having north country stories delivered straight to me.

Great job, and the stories themselves are top quality. The NCPR newsroom appears to have improved immeasurably over the past few years-- from good to great.

And happy belated birthday!

May 14, 2008 3:06 PM

cathy said...
I just listened to the story of a desperate Chinese mother's search for her two year old child in the twisted wreck that once had been their home. I did not understand her language, and her culture and traditions may seem foreign, but I did not need the words of the translator to be able to have an instant connection with her. My hopes rose and fell with hers as she searched for her child. And in the end her profound grief at the loss of her child and the remorse that she felt at not being able to protect him needed no translation. Only NPR seems to be able to remind us of the connection that we all share no matter our religious, political, or cultural beliefs.

May 14, 2008 4:36 PM

peter said...
I am disappointed at NCPR's failure to carry Hillary Clinton's speech yesterday (June 7) bowing out of the Democratic race and endorsing Barrack Obama. Regardless of political beliefs, this was an important speech: a female candidate endorsing a black candidate for president.

As it turned out, Vermont Public Radio did not carry the speech either. I was fortunate enough to be able to pick up WAMC's Plattsburgh frequency at 91.9. How sad that I had to travel 150 virtual miles to listen. WAMC carried the speech in its entirety, even in the middle of their pledge drive. What is NCPR's excuse?

June 8, 2008 10:59 AM

Ellen Fleischmann said...
Today on the local news segment, I heard a commentator (I think it was the director of the Wilder Association) remark that there is little documentation on nineteenth century history here in upstate New York. Actually, that is not the case. I just finished reading a remarkable book about the history of nineteenth century Jefferson County ("Untidy Origins" by Lori Ginzberg), which details how six women petitioned the New York constitutional convention in 1846 for suffrage rights, two years before the famous Seneca Falls convention. The book provides rich detail on farm, community, political and economic life, using things like wills, contemporary newspapers (especially agricultural journals), maps, and local histories. It was striking how much documentation there was, in fact.

Ellen Fleischmann
Cape Vincent

June 19, 2008 9:17 AM

prince gotama said...
the beat authority is keeping this little bookmaker hopping! aloha from booklyn in brooklyn, NY.

June 20, 2008 2:53 PM

Corey Griffin said...
I just wanted to leave a quick note of appreciation. I'm a regular listener when I'm at home studying at St. Lawrence University and I always enjoy the variety of programs your station broadcasts. However, this summer I am spending eight weeks at Stony Brook University on Long Island performing research in physics, and have been quite a bit homesick. Listening live online is one of the few things that helps with this feeling, and for that I have a newfound appreciation for everything you offer.

Thank you, and keep up the great work,
Corey Griffin
St. Lawrence University Class of 2009

July 7, 2008 1:58 PM

dogstar said...
I heard the lead-in for tomorrow's NPR discussion of MLK's "I have a dream" speech under the guise that it was given 40 years ago.
It was 40 years ago in...May... but it does not surprise me that LIBERAL npr would run this on the day Senator Obama accepts the Democratic nomination.
I just wish they wouldn't treat some their semi alert listening public with such disdain by way of an obviously slanted mode of presentation and thinly veiled support for the democratic candidate.
As a non profit organization (We;ll forget about the quarter billion dollars left to you by Joan Kroc), NPR, by law, is supposed to be nonpolitical.

August 27, 2008 6:46 PM

Ellen Wright, Ogdensburg said...
I really appreciate that NCPR is available online. I am a college freshman, and being able to tune in to NCPR helps me stay connected to home. Thanks for letting a transplanted northerner listen to familiar voices.
P.S. Thank you also for bringing Stuart McLean to my hometown. I have my ticket!

September 14, 2008 2:23 PM

Pam Yurgartis said...
I want all of you at the station to know that you helped the time pass at camp during this rainy summer. From Todd and associates in the morning to Jonathan before 5, your company was great. Jackie, Ellen, Bob and David (sorry Barb, String Fever is just too twangy for me)brought a great variety of music to our cabin. Thank you very much for doing what you do so well.

September 18, 2008 9:04 PM

Dena Foster, Swanton VT said...
Rather than the robins singing and the dim light of sunrise this morning, there's the smell of lingering wood smoke fires and the waning moon sits like a cradle over my backyard in a sky fill with stars. One cricket stubbornly chirps.

September 22, 2008 3:50 AM

Carl Zehr said...
In David Sommerstein's interview with Chuck Fluharty, Chuck did not mention one important fact. Inview of decreasing federal and state aid to local governments, it is vital that there be no more unfunded mandates (federal or state). Any further mandates must be 100% funded by the mandating government. Anything else is unacceptable

September 30, 2008 2:29 PM

Anonymous said...
I had a great experience voting with the early birds in Malone this morning. Even though it was pretty busy, I was in and out in 15 minutes (and it only took that long only because I arrived a few minutes before voting actually started). I even had time to go get good coffee before work. Alison Millsaps

November 4, 2008 6:38 AM

Anonymous said...
John and I voted at 7:30am at the Rossie Town barn. Mark and Susan Rusch were ahead of us. They had taken their morning run to vote at the town barn.We had our 4 month old granddaughter, Summer with us. We told her when she grows up she can say she was at a voting pole for the 2008 historic vote. Liz Scarlett

November 4, 2008 5:37 PM

Helene Vanderburgh said...
I really enjoy the 8:00 hour, a welcome break in a busy morning. I actually sit down and listen to my friends Todd Moe, Martha Foley, Amy Ivy and Garrison Keillor. I also enjoy the musical interludes so well matched to the day's stories. Thank you.

December 9, 2008 5:09 PM

Daisy Kelley said...
I thought I couldn't beleive my ears, but when I went back to yesterday's story and listened to Martha Foley speak with Karen DeWitt about conditions in Albany, I discovered I did hear it right. Poor Karen is sobbing in her latte about the "huge inconvenience" the weather has provided. She can "cope for about a day" with her woodstove, extra water, and "a day's worth of ground coffee." I can just imagine how much sympathy she is getting from listeners in shelters throughout the Albany area.
Daisy Kelley, Indian Lake

December 16, 2008 11:33 AM

Christopher said...
I think it was a couple of years ago now, you replaced "The Connection," hosted by Dick Gordon, with Tom Ashbrook's "On Point." I detest Tom Ashbrook. Every time I hear his insipid voice, I swear at him and turn the radio off. I cannot endure another one of his breathless fauxtroversy questions, trying desperately to stir up controversy where intelligent, thoughtful dialogue could lead somewhere interesting. A quick Googling turns up "NPR poobahs, says Fielder, are 'really high on Tom' for his edge and energy." How wrong they are. Did I mention that I f#$%&ing detest Tom Ashbrook? I love NPR, and he just puts a big dead spot in the day when I cannot bring myself to listen. Dear God, please take this man off your station and bring back Dick Gordon, or someone who knows how to conduct a #$%^! interview. I throw my shoe at Tom Ashbrook.

December 18, 2008 1:25 PM

Anonymous said...
I just wanted to let you know you can get this year's contribution for North Country Public Radio from the $80 I spent on Tickets for the Vinyl Cafe. Talk to the host, I'm sure he can give it to you in return for my empty seats. I have been a member for the last five years, but this year I think I might forget to mail it in, darn!

I was unable to use them because you wouldn't postpone the show in blizzard conditions, and I live in Canton. Obviously NCPR values Mr. McClean's convenience over your listeners safety.

If a show will cannot be postponed TELL PEOPLE THIS WHEN THEY BUY TICKETS. Do you honestly think I would have spent $80 on a show in December if I thought it wouldn't be canceled?

Good luck.

December 21, 2008 9:56 AM

Barry Oreck said...
We were disappointed that the annual North Country Public radio New Years Eve show with Ellen Rocco seems to have been disappeared replaced by a generic national production interrupted at 11:59:50 by a lone voice in your studio counting down and calling out happy New Year. It was kind of pathetic. We like Jazz but it had none of the immediacy, connection and high spirits that Ellen and Bob and the other hosts of past years gave us. Your usual new years eve potpourri of classic music covering all ages, styles, and artists have always been a radio highlight for us here in Indian Lake. We certainly hope you’ll resume the tradition next year.

January 1, 2009 4:44 PM

Paul Burke said...
Thank you for the information about Oliver's War. Another book your listeners may want to explore is Journey Home by Paul Burke

January 8, 2009 10:45 AM

Anonymous said...
Andrew Beyer is correct about rogue trainers. In Europe trainers are required to explain to stewards any marked improvement in horses...and then they (stewards) monitor the horse's next performance (and the trainer may have to explain again). In the States, the stewards do an awful job and sometimes seem to be in collusion with the trainers. There is no one at the track these days in authority who seems to be protecting the general public...from abuse.


January 30, 2009 11:02 AM

Valerie said...
During the last round of threatened shutdowns of North Country prisons, it distressed me that nowhere in the reporting was there any discussion of the fact that having fewer people incarcerated is a good thing. Clearly, there are economic concerns when an institution that employs local people goes out of business, and I don't mean to downplay the importance of that. However, I hope that the discourse this time will include acknowledgment that the United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, why that's not desirable or necessary and ideas of how people can be employed in constructive and positive ways in our communities.

February 23, 2009 12:30 PM

Anonymous said...
I am a regular morning listener of North Country Public Radio; via iTunes. Sometime this past week you had made a change in the way the stream was setup and an introduction stream was added to the setup. Now I have the pleasure of an introduction to your station, but no substance. When the 16 second finishes, it rolls over to North Carolina Public Radio; thus missing out of the main course to my morning meal. Please address this mishap so I can resume my morning ritual. Thank You! JP

February 24, 2009 8:21 AM

Dale Hobson said...
Hi JP--

We added the gateway underwriting message to our stream last last week. As you have discovered, it does not play well with iTunes. We have a separate "Listen Live" option that excludes the gateway message and goes straight to the stream. Hover over "Listen Live" on our top navigation bar, and select "via iTunes" from the menu that appears below. This should correct the problem.--NCPR Online

February 24, 2009 8:27 AM

Derek Davey, Lowville said...
There is a periodic story echo happening the past few days. Taped NPR features have this run over repeat to them. Could it be only happening in your tower relay tower?

February 28, 2009 8:36 AM

Dale Hobson said...
Hi Derek--

Our engineer, Radio Bob will be in Lowville today to fix the problem. Sorry about the echo...echo...echo...

March 2, 2009 9:14 AM

Anonymous said...
I was very deeply angered with the Environment Report on the Monday 03/02/09 'All Before Five' with Jonathan Brown. On the last segment concerning burning gargage the report never mentioned at all that burning garbage is already illegal in all of NYS. See New York Code of Rules and Regulations Title 6 Part 215.2(a) under the Conservation Law and you'll find that burning garbage is a misdemeanor crime with a minimum fine penalty of $375 and up to $15,000. Your report gave the impression that the only consequence to burning garbage is pollution.

March 2, 2009 7:07 PM

Cathy Tedford said...
The 14-year old piano player on the radio this morning was fantastic! I loved the first song in which he transcribed the guitar song into a piano tune was lovely. Thanks, NCPR, for highlighting regional talents like this. I heart NCPR.

March 6, 2009 8:46 AM

Anonymous said...
I am dismayed by the listening post acting like ncpr is worried about it's funding. I give aggressivelly to ncpr- they just completed the adirondack news bureau fundraiser- my bank account meets ncpr coming and going. I can't afford to give what i give- but the last thing I want to hear about is that, with all the fundraisers, ncpr is in jepordy. Please. How many more pledges does a listener have to give before public radio will stop complaining? In an environment where many of us can't pay our bills, or our taxes, but we're still giving, is it too much to ask that you don't complain?

March 9, 2009 8:24 AM

Anonymous said...
How about the NPR program "Says You" (but don't talk away "Car Talk," or "Wait, Wait...."!!!!!!!!

March 30, 2009 5:57 AM

Anonymous said...
I don't understand why people think Dick Cheney is so great. He is the person who got us into all this war mess so he could sell armaments to the government without bidding. What a fortune he has made at the expense of our National standing in the World!

May 22, 2009 9:22 AM

Lynne Feinberg said...
Am I the only one who finds Tom Ashbrook unbearable? Great topics and guests whom he constantly interrupts because he can't resist his own voice - throwing out absurd strings of suggestions that sound like bait and that go on and on about how listeners can respond to the discussion. I wish him only good health and happiness, but it's a pleasure when another host substitutes for him - and allows a real discussion to proceed unimpeded. I was just listening to an interesting story about the ship of Chinese immigrants that ran aground at Far Rockaway and wound up shouting "Just Shut Up!" at Tom on my radio.

July 23, 2009 10:26 AM

Anonymous said...
FANTASTIC - I was just told about of this website and being a native of NNY but now living in Virginia, it's a great way to keep in touch with my "roots".

September 22, 2009 10:12 AM

Anonymous said...
I love "The Moth Radio Hour"!

It's a great addition, please keep it.

September 23, 2009 12:16 PM

BRFvolpe said...
Your series on this year's TAUNY award recipients is great! I enjoyed today's feature on dowser/diviner/witcher Ed Peterson. When I hired Al Brigham of Watson to drill a well here in Stillwater, he asked if I believed in witching. I said I was paying him to get me water, and whether I believed in witching or not, didn't make any difference. His son Jason witched a spot with a cherry stick. I was sure he was turning the forked stick in his hands, until he showed me how to do it. "Hold it like this, close your eyes, and ask the Lord to open your mind and show you where the water is." Darned if that stick didn't turn by itself in my hands! We have a well 28 feet deep, that yields 12-15 gal/min. Yes, I believe in dowsing.

October 15, 2009 9:04 AM

Anonymous said...
What happened to "The Moth"???!!!? 1 o'clock hump day use to make my week!!!! See if I contribute to this station during your next pledge now!

October 28, 2009 12:15 PM

Dale Hobson said...
The Moth was only available as a 6-program pilot series. We broadcast each of them twice, but until the series secures funding for full-time production, we had to move on to something else. We believe they will receive that funding, and when they produce more episodes, we are more than happy to give them space in our line-up. Few new programs in recent years have generated the kind of uniformly positive feedback we got about The Moth. We just can't broadcast what hasn't been produced.

October 28, 2009 12:23 PM

Anonymous said...
Climate Skeptics See 'Smoking Gun' in Researchers' Leaked E-Mails

Is NCPR going to check out the evidence that experts had purposely mislead people about global warming, or does this not get reported on because it doesn't fit the model?

Is it "you report, we decide" or is it "we decide what we report"?

November 21, 2009 8:49 AM

Dale Hobson said...
anon 11/21: NCPR is unlikely to follow up this story because we do regional news, not national and international news. Our national network, NPR, does have this recent story on its radar, discussing it in the NPR News blog in this post.

November 23, 2009 9:09 AM

Anonymous said...
dear lord- get that screeching off the radio. The Meissner live singer is horrible!!! - 8:38 am New Year's day

January 1, 2010 8:41 AM

Helene said...
I thoroughly enjoyed Martha Gallagher this morning on 8 o'clock hour. I am among her strong north country fan base. Will be sorry to miss the fun in Lake Placid Friday night. Have a great time!

January 13, 2010 9:04 AM

Anonymous said...
Stories from 01/04/2010 not coming up in Archive. Trying to get recipe from Chef George for Welsh Rarebit which I heard with Martha Foley...

Says 'Could not connect' when clicking on URL

January 15, 2010 8:09 AM

Dale Hobson said...
Anon 1/15 8:09. Sorry about that. We broke some links yesterday implememnting a site security update. We should have this working by noon today. Dale Hobson, NCPR Online

January 15, 2010 8:41 AM

Anonymous said...
Listening to the news today.MLK birthday. I would like to know what an African American is?
Why don't we call everyone by their background? Irish American? Scottish American? Russian American?

January 18, 2010 9:35 AM

Mitchell said...
Hope Is Much More Than a Four Letter Word is a new inspirational children's book catered to promoting the hope that lies within every child and adult. The book is presently available at,, Barnes and Nobles and other sites and stores.

Please spread the word and note that our President - Barack Obama has a copy of the book and his family loves it!

January 18, 2010 8:39 PM

Anonymous said...
The Q should replace the second hour of Tom Ashbrook. I changed stations at 10am because I can't stand his show but do recognize that others may like him. Replace his second hour, or both.

January 26, 2010 2:55 PM

John said...
I listenened to "The Story" on 3/3/10 about a young man from Florida that got a schalarship to UCLA Berkley. I can't believe you gave the young man air time, when by his own admission he took a scholarship to a college his parent's couldn't afford. One of the principle reasons was because of his sexual persuasion. I can understand him using up the scholarship, but during his second year when his parent's house went into forclosure he should of gone home to help them. This is just a selfless self serving individual. If this is the type of individual UCLA Berkley attracts, then I'm glad my children didn't attend. By airing this individual you almost give credence to this abhorant behavior. I realise the story wasn't about this, but after hearing that I didn't care about the rest of the story.

March 3, 2010 7:36 PM

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