A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio

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I received my master’s degree in communication in August of 1972, after taking several courses at AU’s School of International Service. A course on Southeast Asia provided historical perspective on the Vietnam War. The instructor was Kenneth Landon, a onetime missionary and diplomat whose specialty was Thailand. Landon had the distinction of being the author of the first Pentagon Paper, a memo he had written in 1945 recounting a conversation with Ho Chi Minh. Ho had asked Landon whether the United States was going to support Vietnamese independence following World War II or whether it was going to back France in reclaiming Vietnam as a French colony. It was an interesting document, but Landon’s wife, Margaret, had done more lucrative writing. Her book, Anna and the King of Siam, became The King and I, one of the biggest hit musicals of all time.

It was an eventful summer for those of us at WTOP. The Watergate break-in occurred in June. The first accounts of the crime said the suspects were six Cubans, and that’s how I remember telling the story to my listeners in the local news section of the broadcast: “Six Cubans were arrested by D.C. police last night at the Watergate office complex and charged with breaking in to the offices of the Democratic National Committee.” I probably said no more than another sentence or two. A few weeks later, the Washington Post concluded it was more than a local story.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Redemption 1
  • Launch 3
  • Home 6
  • Voice 12
  • Whel 16
  • Army 22
  • Ed Bliss 30
  • Network 36
  • NPR 43
  • Susan 50
  • All Things Considered 55
  • Sharon 61
  • Pilot Error 67
  • Disaster 73
  • Morning Edition 80
  • Reconsidering All Things 87
  • News Leader 89
  • Overnight 95
  • Fridays 99
  • Style 101
  • Politicians 105
  • Favorites 109
  • Memories 115
  • War 118
  • Two Babes in Baghdad 126
  • Turning Point 128
  • Maverick 137
  • Bobapalooza 142
  • Dennis 153
  • Texas Showdown 155
  • Aftra 161
  • Xm 164
  • Satelute Radio 168
  • The Bob Edwards Show 171
  • Father Greg Boyle 175
  • Bob Edwards Weekend 178
  • Western SwÍng 179
  • Hillbullies 183
  • The Invisible 186
  • 3rd Med 191
  • Nola 195
  • Epilogue 199
  • Index 203
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