By Bob Edwards
The host of The Bob Edwards exhibit and Bob Edwards Weekend on Sirius XM Radio, Bob Edwards turned 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 was once the voice of nationwide Public Radio's day-by-day newsmagazine courses, co-hosting All issues Considered prior to launching Morning Edition in 1979. those courses outfitted NPR's nationwide viewers whereas additionally bringing Edwards to nationwide prominence. In 2004, in spite of the fact that, NPR introduced that it might be discovering a alternative for Edwards, inciting protests from tens of millions of his fanatics and controversy between his listeners and fellow broadcasters. at the present time, Edwards keeps to notify the yank public with a voice identified for its sincerity, intelligence, and wit.
In A Voice within the field: My lifestyles in Radio, Edwards recounts his occupation as the most vital figures in sleek broadcasting. He describes his street to good fortune at the radio waves, from his early days knocking on station doorways in the course of collage 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. during the booklet, 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 realm of yank media and a desirable, own narrative from probably the most iconic personalities in radio history.
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I wish I could say that I walked through the door and immediately embraced this marvelous radio experiment. The truth is that I was horrified by the whole outfit. Public radio in those days had not fully emerged from its earlier “educational” incarnation. It had far more consultants than it had reporters. I didn’t “get” NPR. I was still in my Murrow mode, a “serious journalist” too principled for my own good. Reporting the news was a religious calling and the radio airwaves a sort of church. I believed the news should be treated with the same reverence a priest gave to communion wafers.
The station could not afford a full-time engineer. Transmitter readings were taken by the announcer, using a remote unit in the studio. Once, during a test of the Emergency Broadcast System, I did the required drill of turning off the transmitter for five seconds. But when I tried to turn the transmitter back on, the remote unit couldn’t do the job. The station was off the air. I had to run down to my car, drive out to the transmitter site, pop the rusted padlock on the old shed at the base of the station’s tower, go inside to throw a switch, and retrace my route back to the studio.
We felt horrible when he did this and would have preferred that he yell at us. We loved him so much that our student evaluations were gushing compared to what we gave other worthy professors. When a member of the tenure committee held that Ed’s lack of graduate degrees disqualified him for tenure, we formed a long line to testify on Ed’s behalf. It was obvious that Ed’s professional associates also thought highly of him. We were treated to guest speakers such as veteran network journalists Dan Rather, Robert Goralski, Peter Hackes, Daniel Schorr, 3 4 a voice in the box Hal Walker, Bill Small, and Andy Rooney.
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