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 was once the voice of nationwide Public Radio's day-by-day newsmagazine courses, co-hosting All issues Considered earlier than launching Morning Edition in 1979. those courses outfitted NPR's nationwide viewers whereas additionally bringing Edwards to nationwide prominence. In 2004, notwithstanding, NPR introduced that it'd be discovering a alternative for Edwards, inciting protests from tens of millions of his lovers and controversy between his listeners and fellow broadcasters. this present day, Edwards maintains to notify the yank public with a voice identified for its sincerity, intelligence, and wit.

In A Voice within the field: My existence in Radio, Edwards recounts his profession as some of the most vital figures in smooth broadcasting. He describes his street to luck 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. in the course of the ebook, his sharp observations concerning the humans he interviewed and lined 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 yankee media and a desirable, own narrative from the most iconic personalities in radio history.

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The FBI investigated, and while I don’t think it was ever established that tapes of newsroom conversations were made, no one puts a microphone behind a ceiling panel to record the ambient humming of the heating ducts. The likely target of the bugging, if there was any, was our union shop steward, who occupied my desk during regular business hours. The mic would have picked up his comments by day and mine by night. In another postscript to my Mutual experience, I took the matter of the black college all-star team to the National News Council.

Taking a First Amendment stand is rather futile for a low-ranking enlisted man. A year earlier, some of my counterparts at the American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) had been muzzled and then reassigned to menial jobs. Ed assured me that the brass wouldn’t change a word. They just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to say anything about Korea. No grunt wanted the generals to know that he even existed. We wanted to melt into the background and avoid trouble so we could do our time and get back to civilian life just as quickly as possible.

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. Prig might be the best word to describe me at that stage of my career. Now here I was, forced by necessity to be among people who were having fun with a radio program. How soon could I get out of here and return to broadcast journalism?

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