A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio

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While on the three-month book tour, I told very few people about my plans because they had to remain a secret. By June, I had to start recruiting a staff, even if it meant risking that the news would leak. At XM, workers were busy converting an employee break room into the office space to be occupied by our program’s staff. I had to find an executive producer to work with XM on preparation while I continued to tour. Mark Schramm came to mind because I knew he’d recently left NPR. Years earlier, Mark was the producer in charge of my Friday conversations with Red Barber on Morning Edition. After meeting with Kevin Straley, XM’s senior vice president for news, talk, and sports, Mark agreed to get the show started. I told Mark that I was bringing Andy Danyo and Tish Valva onto the staff and that I was about to make a pitch to one of my Morning Edition producers, Melissa Gray. I suggested other names to him, and I’m sure one of them was Chad Campbell, a onetime Morning Edition producer who was then working for NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Mark made some moves of his own, hiring NPR’s Phil Harrell from Weekend Edition Sunday and Ed McNulty from Weekend Edition Saturday. XM gave us Heather Borthwick, who’d been working for the traffic and weather unit. The XM operations department assigned Sam Wright to our program to take care of all our engineering needs. We were also allowed to borrow the talented producer John Keith whenever we needed him—which was every day.

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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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