A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio

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THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW

Friday, November 5, 2004. It was the twenty-fifth anniversary of Morning Edition, but NPR listeners heard a most subdued silver anniversary broadcast. Cohosts of six months barely mentioned the importance of that day for a program another guy had hosted for twenty-four-and-ahalf years. I mentioned it on my show, however, and congratulated Carl Kasell and Ellen McDonnell, who’d been with program since its first day back in 1979.

The very next night I was in Chicago being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. No one from NPR attended the ceremony. I was inducted as an XM guy, though The Bob Edwards Show was only a month old.

Being in the Hall, I feel a sense of responsibility to put on programs that will leave listeners feeling I’m worthy of the honor. To do less is to invite mockery: “Hmm, doesn’t sound like Hall of Fame material to me!” I’ve tried to keep my voters from thinking they made a mistake.

I gave my producers a list of people I wanted to interview, and the names fell into four categories: people who’d been very engaging guests for my listeners on NPR, people I’d always longed to interview, people I knew to be capable of sustaining interest for a long period, and old people. Yes, I deliberately went after potential guests in their nineties. Broadcasting covets the eighteen- to thirty-five-year-old listeners, and here I was recruiting nonagenarian guests. This is the beauty of

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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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