A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio by Bob Edwards

By Bob Edwards

The host of The Bob Edwards exhibit and Bob Edwards Weekend on Sirius XM Radio, Bob Edwards grew to become the 1st radio character with a wide nationwide viewers to take his possibilities within the new box of satellite tv for pc radio. The courses' mixture of long-form interviews and information documentaries has received many prestigious awards.

For thirty years, Louisville local Edwards used to be the voice of nationwide Public Radio's day-by-day newsmagazine courses, co-hosting All issues Considered sooner than launching Morning Edition in 1979. those courses outfitted NPR's nationwide viewers whereas additionally bringing Edwards to nationwide prominence. In 2004, despite the fact that, NPR introduced that it'd be discovering a substitute for Edwards, inciting protests from tens of hundreds of thousands of his lovers and controversy between his listeners and fellow broadcasters. this present day, Edwards keeps to notify the yank public with a voice recognized for its sincerity, intelligence, and wit.

In A Voice within the field: My lifestyles in Radio, Edwards recounts his profession as essentially the most vital figures in smooth broadcasting. He describes his street to good fortune at the radio waves, from his early days knocking on station doorways in the course of university and dealing for American Forces Korea community to his paintings at NPR and induction into the nationwide Radio corridor of repute in 2004. Edwards tells the tale of his go out from NPR and the release of his new radio ventures at the XM satellite tv for pc Radio community. in the course of the e-book, his sharp observations in regards to the humans he interviewed and coated and the colleagues with whom he labored supply a window on 40 years of yank information and at the evolution of public journalism.

A Voice within the field is an insider's account of the area of yankee media and a desirable, own narrative from probably the most iconic personalities in radio history.

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I had done it as a local story for WTOP when “six Cubans” were arrested at the Watergate. After broadcasting the bulletins telling of “the Saturday night massacre,” I wouldn’t have been surprised to see tanks as I emerged from the basement studio at Mutual, then located just one block north of the White House. Now I was at NPR doing the talk-up to the story’s final chapter—Nixon’s resignation speech. Vietnam, the other huge story of that time, was also reaching a climax. The last day of the war was the first day I opened my eyes to the possibilities for NPR.

A few weeks later, the Washington Post concluded it was more than a local story. 3 7 net w ork The political conventions that summer presented opportunities to earn some overtime. WTOP normally signed off at 1:00 am, but we stayed on the air until we could wrap up our convention coverage. The Democratic convention ran so long that the party’s nominee, George McGovern, delivered his acceptance speech at a ridiculous hour of the morning, or “prime time in Guam,” as one wag put it. Nothing went right with the McGovern campaign.

Maybe there was bad weather over the Sea of Japan. After standing in line for about an hour and a half, we got our explanation when we saw a car flying a four-star flag. The top American general in Korea was putting his daughter on our flight and sending her home. After she boarded, the line finally moved. As we filed down the aisle past her seat, the general’s daughter called out, “Hi Dave. Jim, how’s it going? ” She seemed to know every guy in the Eighth Army except married me. 2 9 ar m y The plane stopped to refuel at an air base in Japan.

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