A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio

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SHARON

The late seventies were good to me. I lived in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, a lively area of bookstores, galleries, nightclubs, restaurants, and interesting shops, within walking distance of the Mall, Georgetown, and NPR. It was the perfect place and time to be young and single. Some of my relationships were not long-lived, however. They often would end when women determined I had no interest in marriage and family. I resolved that I would set things straight right at the beginning with the next woman I dated.

Sharon Kelly was an adorable, blue-eyed blonde who worked at NPR. I took her to lunch and discovered she was also bright, well-read, an English major, and very funny. As a bonus, she even laughed at my jokes. It would be a while before she learned that I stole all my material from professional comics. Over steak and fries, I explained that I just wanted to show her a good time and not get caught up in any serious commitment. I believe the term I used was no strings. “Sounds good to me,” she replied, pointing out that she was on the rebound from a failed marriage and not ready for an encore.

This conversation took place in the spring of 1978. By June, I was no longer dating anyone else. By July, I was hardly ever in my own apartment. In October, we rented a house together. We were married the following May, and three months later we were expecting a baby. So much for no strings.

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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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