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

By Bob Edwards

The host of The Bob Edwards express and Bob Edwards Weekend on Sirius XM Radio, Bob Edwards turned the 1st radio character with a wide nationwide viewers to take his probabilities within the new box of satellite tv for pc radio. The courses' mixture of long-form interviews and information documentaries has gained 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 ahead of launching Morning Edition in 1979. those courses equipped 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 substitute for Edwards, inciting protests from tens of millions of his enthusiasts 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 occupation as probably the most very important figures in glossy broadcasting. He describes his street to luck 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 reputation 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 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 the most iconic personalities in radio history.

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Murrow and all that is holy is this woman doing on a news program. 51 susan There was more to it, of course, including jealousy. Susan had been carrying the network on her back and was treated accordingly. We were supposed to be a team, cohosts, and yet all the attention was going to Susan. Later I learned that the policy of NPR’s publicity department at the time was to throw everything behind Susan. Not only was she marketable, but the suits thought I wouldn’t be at NPR for very long. Given that I was in the CBS newsroom on the most important news day of 1975, that was a reasonable assumption.

That was hard enough to do for those working drive time, the commuting hours that constitute radio’s prime time. Those of us working nights and weekends didn’t have a lot of commercials, so we had to prepare more news copy to fill that time. When we finished an hour on the air, we’d spend the next two hours preparing another hour’s worth of material. The hour began with the network newscast from CBS. Then the local anchor billboarded the stories to come. Following a commercial, the anchor read local stories until thirteen minutes past the hour.

The pathetic NPR salaries were responsible for this hiring pattern. The network couldn’t afford to pay experienced 4 6 a voice in the box people what they were worth, so when jobs opened up, we contacted our pals. As a result, the NPR staff was young and not far removed from college. At twenty-six, I was one of the senior people. Being young, we did young people’s radio. There were no editors to tell us our work might be unbalanced or otherwise deficient. Production skills were lacking in the early years.

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