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4/17/2018


Carl Kasell 1934-2018

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 5:36 pm

From The Washington Post: NPR broadcaster who brought gravitas and goofiness to the airwaves dies at 84

Back in 2010, shortly after Carl retired from the daily newscast, he sat down in the studio with Bob for a relaxed conversation between two friends. You can hear that program here.

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3/25/2018


Stories from Third Med: Surviving a Jungle ER

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 9:05 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

Next up is a listener favorite; Stories from Third Med: Surviving a Jungle ER. This program has been repeated quite a number of times on The Bob Edwards Show, and a time or two on Bob Edwards Weekend, but it had gone missing from the Internet…we take care of that problem now. From the introduction:

Today on the Bob Edwards Show, we are going to listen to war stories — from the doctor’s perspective. Medics are sent to the battlefield to heal, not to kill. Their experience may be fundamentally different than that of a soldier or marine, but as you will hear, it can be just as traumatic. During the Vietnam war, the Navy’s Third Medical Battalion was stationed with the Marines near the demilitarized zone during some of the worst battles. The doctors and corpsmen of the Third Med recently reunited for their fortieth anniversary and producer Ariana Pekary attended that reunion to record these stories which have otherwise never been told in public. For the full hour today, “Stories from Third Med: A Jungle ER.”

As I have done in the past, I have edited together the original broadcast as recorded off of the XM Satellite Radio and a studio-originating copy, to provide the best of both. (In this particular case, you can rather dramatically hear how the broadcast programming was acoustically compressed when compared to the studio audio.) Script/roadmap is also included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday, May 23rd, 2008: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Friday, May 23rd, 2008 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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3/4/2018


The Invisible: Children Without Homes Documentary

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 7:47 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

Today, The Invisible: Children Without Homes. Bob Edwards and producer Ariana Pekary spent hours interviewing homeless men, women, teens and children – at shelters, group homes, and on city sidewalks to report their stories. These families told of the financial hardship and violence – verbal, physical, and sexual – that forced them on to the streets, creating even more difficult and dangerous situations. These are stories of survival and hope in a time when solutions are quietly debated. Social workers, advocates for the poor, and government officials generally agree about how best to help that nation’s homeless children: provide comprehensive services, education assistance, and medical treatment. In this special documentary, Bob Edwards examines whether enough is being done to break the cycle for homeless kids.

A copy of this program is in the archives on CD burned from the files in Dalet (XM’s content-management system); as I have done a few times before, I mixed the CD audio with the audio I recorded from my XM radio the morning of December 27th, 2007 so you have the best audio available while retaining the original XM Public Radio commercials/promos.

There is no script or roadmap in the archives for this program, but a complete transcript of the program is available. Also be sure to check out The Invisible Page at BobEdwardsRadio.com for another copy of this program, photos, that transcript, and links to places mentioned in this documentary. And don’t miss The Invisible Honored, where producer Ariana Pekary explains why this can be properly called an “Award-Winning Documentary.”

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2/27/2018


Exploding Heritage Documentary

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 6:14 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

Next up, we have the story of mountain-top removal mining, Exploding Heritage. From the introduction:

The Appalachian Mountains are nearly 300-million years old—America’s oldest—and they’ve survived everything nature has thrown at them. But they might not survive man. Using a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, mining companies are blowing up mountains to get to the valuable coal deep inside. Today on The Bob Edwards Show, “Exploding Heritage,” the controversy over mountaintop removal coal mining.

Powerful when first aired, it is equally relevant today. Produced by Andy Danyo Kubis, script/roadmap included.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday, July 28th, 2006: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Friday, July 28th, 2006 [59:16m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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2/22/2018


Dangerous Crossings, Part 2

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 7:27 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

This is the second part of Dangerous Crossings, the program’s examination of illegal immigration. From the program’s introduction:

Each year, Hundreds of illegal immigrants to the United States die in the southwestern desert. Migrants risk their lives in the harsh climate and terrain because the federal government has tightened security at the safer crossing points. Today we’ll ride along with Border Patrol officers as they try to do their job of securing our border with Mexico. Then we’ll take a second ride through the desert with members of the Samaritans, a group that maintains water stations in the desert and takes other measures to try to minimize the loss of life among illegal immigrants to the United States.

Again, produced by Chad Campbell; script/roadmap included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday, March 10th, 2006: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Friday, March 10th, 2006 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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2/18/2018


Dangerous Crossings, Part 1

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:01 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

While putting this together, I found it surprising how many of these programs hold up and are just as relevant today, like the first two-episode documentary from March of 2006; Dangerous Crossings. From the first program’s introduction:

For the next two days, the subject of this program is illegal immigration to the United States, a matter that inspires a number of passionate opinions. You will hear from leaders who set Immigration policy here in Washington, from the police force charged with stopping illegal immigrants, from humanitarians trying to save immigrants from dying in the desert, from others who want migrants & their employers punished more severely—and you’ll hear from the migrants themselves—who leave friends and family behind—and risk their lives—in hopes of someday sharing in the American dream.

This two-part documentary was produced by Chad Campbell. Script/roadmap also included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, March 9th, 2006: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday, March 9th, 2006 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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2/1/2018


Bob Edwards’ Conversation with Ben Bradlee

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:34 pm

One of the things about having spent eleven years meticulously (some might say “insanely”) recording The Bob Edwards Show every weekday morning is that I have a wealth of programming to listen to again. While I will frequently search out specific guests, I can also just grab a show randomly - after all, that is much like the show is still airing, allowing me some surprise about the “next day’s” guests. Last night, I opened up 2007, then June, then the fourth, and loaded the show into my player (an XM Inno I no longer use for satellite radio, since there isn’t much there to listen to anymore). This morning, I was pleasantly surprised to hear again Bob’s conversation with Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee, and thought you might enjoy listening to the program, too. From the introduction:

Ben Bradlee was executive editor of The Washington Post at several of the most important points of its history—and OUR history. Bradlee directed the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that resulted in Richard Nixon resigning the Presidency in disgrace. Now a vice president for the paper, Bradlee recalls Watergate, the Pentagon Papers case and his close friendship with JFK.

In a time when inconvenient facts are labeled “fake news,” listening to Bradlee’s gruff voice and view of history is refreshing; and knowing this was one of only four humans who for more than thirty years knew the identity of the shadowy government leaker code-named for a pornographic movie, “Deep Throat,” adds considerable gravitas to the conversation held in Bradlee’s office at the Washington Post and produced by Ariana Pekary.

The program begins with Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson filling-in for David Broder to talk politics, including the recent primary debates. As usual, script/roadmap included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday June 4th, 2007: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday June 4th, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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1/2/2018


Keely Smith on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 5:58 pm

From Variety, December 17th, 2017: Keely Smith, Jazz and Pop Singer, Dies at 89

I saw this when it was first reported, and there was some discussion on it among the OTR (Old-Time Radio) circles I am a part of. But it wasn’t until I was working on something else this week that I noticed Ms. Smith had been a guest on The Bob Edwards Show, back in 2010. She was interviewed during the show’s trip to New Orleans for Jazzfest along with a serious collection of jazz’s greatest performers. From the introduction:

We”ll continue our New Orleans music series with singer Keely Smith. In the 1950’s Keely and her then husband Louie Prima, survived the demise of the Big Band Era by moving to Las Vegas and inventing the lounge act. Their show was the one to see whether you were a blue collar vacationer-a celebrity politician or a member of the Rat Pack.

First on the program, Bob talks to Patrick Jefferies about the Deepwater Horizon cleanup; and to close out the program, Bob takes his first (but I suspect not last) trip to Hansen’s Snow-Bliz for some shaved ice awesomeness. Nestled gently between the two, as it is suspected she would have liked to nestle between Chad and Geoffrey, is Keely Smith.

For Bob’s essay about the singer and the boys’ narrow escape, check out the Bob Edwards Radio Website.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday, July 21st, 2010: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 [59:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/30/2017


Sue Grafton on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:03 am

From The New York Times: Sue Grafton, Whose Detective Novels Spanned the Alphabet, Dies at 77

In 2005, Ms. Grafton visited The Bob Edwards Show (Bob in Washington, D.C. and Ms. Grafton in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center) to have a conversation with Bob about her then-new book, S is for Silence. From the introduction:

Nearly 23 years ago, Sue Grafton wrote a mystery novel titled A Is For Alibi, beginning a highly successful series that has steadily moved through the alphabet to the point where S Is for Silence is now in the bookstores. That means she has at least seven more books in her future. Sue Grafton is my guest today, telling us of the lastest adventures involving her fictional detective Kinsey Millhone.

The last segment is devoted to the Grammy nominees who were on the program in the past year, but the bulk of the program goes to Sue Grafton; interview produced by Chad Campbell. Script/roadmap also included for those of us who enjoy reading such things.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday, December 13th, 2005: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 [59:31m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/26/2017


The Legacy of Buck Owens

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 8:29 pm

Ok, I really gotta check Facebook more often…

As many of you know, I am not someone who spends a lot of time on FB; the Internet is vast, and FB is only a tiny part of it. I know a lot of people think that’s all there is to the Net, and certainly Facebook encourages that impression, but it really isn’t the case. I spend my time “out here,” where I can write to you, dear reader, without having to tell Mark Zuckerberg my phone number or birthplace. (I know, I know, everyone’s on there. Actually, they ain’t.)

But I was “tagged” in a post from former Bob Edwards Show producer Chad Campbell, and didn’t even realize it until a few days ago. As soon after the holiday as I could, though, I hereby answer that post (and will tag him myself on FB for good measure).

Anyway, I present the program originally aired December 17th, 2013 where Bob interviews Randy Poe, co-author of Buck ‘Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens. From the introduction:

Well it’s high time that we devote a program to the life and career of Buck Owens, a man who came of age just when Nashville was getting citified and disdaining the traditional sounds of country music. Not Buck. He not only stuck with the full twang of the fiddle and pedal steel sound-he also kept himself out of Nashville as much as he could. Buck Owens was a Bakersfield, California guy and though he scored 20 number one hits on the country charts, the country music establishment denied him honors for as long as it could. Buck told the story of his life on a series of cassette tapes that have now reached book form thanks to my guest today Randy Poe.

So sit back and enjoy a look back into the fascinating life of country music star Buck Owens. Script/roadmap is, of course, helpfully included. And I’ll strive in the New Year to check-in to Facebook a time or three every week so this kind of delay is never again an issue. As long as I don’t have to give Marky my social security number…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday, December 17th, 2013: Download

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11/7/2017


Peter Ames Carlin on Bruce Springsteen

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:31 pm

Peter Ames Carlin’s final visit to The Bob Edwards Show dealt with his biography of The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. From the introduction:

In the 1970’s, Bruce Springsteen emerged from the Jersey shore to be hailed as the future of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Despite being called The Boss, he was a working class hero who landed on the covers of both TIME and Newsweek. Sprinsteen and his E Street Band became known for long and energetic concerts and a string of hits including Born to Run and Born in the USA in a career that has earned The Boss more than twenty Grammy Awards. Bruce is the title of a new biography written by my guest today, Peter Ames Carlin, a journalist whose previous book subjects include Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

Chad Campbell again takes the production reins, mixing in tons of music guaranteed to keep your toes a’tappin. Script/roadmap also included.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday March 6th, 2013: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/2/2017


Peter Ames Carlin on Paul McCartney

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:00 pm

Peter Ames Carlin returned to The Bob Edwards Show after publishing his book on “the cute Beatle” Paul McCartney: A Life. He spent another hour talking to Bob, and this time Chad Campbell was the producer charged with bringing this interview to life with musical clips. From the introduction:

According to Guiness World Records, Paul McCartney is the most successful musician and composer in the history of popular music with sixty gold records and 32 number one singles. “Yesterday” is the most covered song ever—thousands have recorded it. McCartney wrote sweet ballads and “silly love songs,” but he was also a rocker who drove those early Beatles hits. Now 67 years old, he continues to grow as a musician-writing film scores and classical and electronic music. And he’s one the world’s principal advocates for the welfare of animals. Sir Paul is the subject of a new biography by my guest today Peter Ames Carlin, who also has written an extensive biography of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

Script/roadmap is included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday January 25th, 2010: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday January 25th, 2010 [59:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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10/30/2017


Peter Ames Carlin on Brian Wilson

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 8:27 pm

Peter Ames Carlin appeared on The Bob Edwards Show three times, to discuss three different musical giants - and a personal regret is that he never got to appear to discuss his latest biography, that of Paul Simon…that interview would have been glorious.

So I’m going to post all three, starting with this program first aired July 26th, 2006 discussing his biography of Beach Boy Brian Wilson. From the introduction:

The Beach Boys began as three brothers, a cousin and a neighbor celebrating the southern California culture of sun, sand, surf and automobiles. It was a simple message but delivered with great vocal magnificence—the rich layers of harmony being the product of their musical genius of a leader Brian Wilson. What happened to the Beach Boys and to Wilson outdid even the cliche rock ‘n roll band train wreck. Peter Ames Carlin is my guest today. He’s the radio and TV writer for the Portland Oregonian and the author of a new biography titled Catch a Wave: The Rise. Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

This program was produced by Phil Harrell. Of course, the obligatory script/roadmap is also below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday July 26th, 2006: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday July 26th, 2006 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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10/25/2017


Buck O’Neil

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:17 pm

This is not my “official” favorite interview aired on The Bob Edwards Show, but it might objectively be the best interview the program ever presented, and one that all of us who heard it wished had been the entire hour. The raw interview is in the archives, and producer Chad Campbell used pretty much everything there short of the level check.

John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil was a first basemen for the Negro League team the Kansas City Monarchs. Later he was a scout, the first African American coach in Major League Baseball, and a driving force behind the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

And most importantly, an amazing storyteller that personifies “great radio.”

From the introduction:

David Broder is here this morning for his Monday observations on national politics. Then some stories from Buck O’Neil, a star player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs in the old Negro Leagues. Buck made history as the first black coach in Major League Baseball, working for Broder’s favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.

First we’ll hear David Broder who has just returned from the annual meeting of the National Governor’s Association, and afterwards more sports with Tony Kornheiser, but it’s the excellent interview with Buck “Nancy” O’Neil we’re focusing on.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday February 28th, 2005: Download

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Fred Foy Memoir

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:19 pm

Received the following today from Wendy Foy, daughter of announcer, actor, and friend Fred Foy:

Lone Ranger fans here is a once in a lifetime chance to obtain a very limited piece of broadcast history. As you know Fred Foy was the announcer that opened the radio Lone Ranger program with those memorable words From out of the past come the thundering hoof beats of the great horse Silver…

Fred had written a book about the inner workings of the program but was unable to get it published before his untimely death. A signed and very limited numbered (250 copies only) First Edition is being offered as a gift in a fundraiser to set up a museum display of his history in radio and The Lone Ranger in particular. For a tax deductible donation of $110.00, or more, to the museum where his display will be established you will receive one of these special editions as a gift. This First Printing is not for sale. It can only be had through this fundraiser. Numbers will be assigned in the order donations are received. Each will be hand numbered and signed by Wendy Foy, Fred’s youngest daughter. The total amount of your donation will go to setting up the display as all of the production costs are being covered elsewhere. Checks or money orders are to be made payable to The Wabash County Museum only (not to any person). The notation line should say “donation.” They are to be sent to:

Wendy Foy
PO Box 1313
Wells, Me. 04090-1313

Be sure to include the address you wish your copy to be sent to.
The book is being published by a non family member, who upon reading it, felt every Lone Ranger fan would love to have it.

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10/17/2017


Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:42 pm

Sir Michael Caine and Sir Kenneth Branagh visited The Bob Edwards Show (interviewed from the New York studios) in 2007 to promote their new film, Sleuth, a re-imagining of the 1972 film written by Anthony Shaffer and based on his 1970 Tony Award-winning play. This film, written by Nobel Prize for Literature honoree Harold Pinter, starred Jude Law and Michael Caine, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

From the introduction:

The movie “Sleuth” was directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Jude Law and Michael Caine. Branagh and Caine are my guests today. We’ll talk about “Sleuth” and other highlights from their two very distinguished careers. Caine has been at it for more than fifty years and has two Oscars. Branagh has Oscar nominations as an actor, director and a writer.

This interview was produced by Cristy Meiners, who mentioned on the last program that this was one of her favorite productions. The laughter from the other end of the headsets is infectious, possibly even more so in the unproduced raw interview which is part of the archives. And the program includes another Cristy Meiners production, Frank Kelly who accompanies Bob on a tour of the National Gallery’s Edward Hopper exhibit. Script/roadmap included (and no, I have no idea why the roadmap was hand-dated a year before the program date; October 13th of 2006 had Terry Gilliam and Andy Borowitz as guests).

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday October 12th, 2007: Download

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10/4/2017


The 13th-year Anniversary. But 12 Years Ago…

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:34 am

Today is the 13th anniversary of the very first…uh…hum…I should say the premiere broadcast of The Bob Edwards Show. (Why the qualification? There were actually two demo programs recorded, and one day I’ll post those for you to enjoy.) Yes, I know, I should have posted that premiere program, and I promise one year on October 4th I will. But this year, I want to celebrate the fact that every year on the fourth of October, Bob buys me a drink. Oh, no, he doesn’t drive to my home or anything, but twelve years ago today he left a bottle of Maker’s Mark under my chair that I have been saving to enjoy every year on this date.

You see, a week before the first anniversary of the program, the show threw a party. I mean a party. Hundreds of people, special guests, and the highlight of the evening - the taping of the program broadcast on that first anniversary, the program I have posted below.

To avoid repeating myself again (!), I’m going to post a list of links here I strongly urge you to follow, with contemporary posts about the awesomeness, lots of photographs, and even some video discovered in the archives:

Also in the archives is the DAT recording made that evening…it’s pretty raw as raw goes, since it starts while the produced pieces ran (and includes the “warm-up” Bob did explaining why Daniel Schorr wasn’t in attendance - which along with everything else that evening, I recorded on my small digital recorder), and there is no DAT of the produced broadcast, so you’ll hear my off-air recording.

The program broadcast on October 4th, 2005, produced by Chad Campbell while being a joint effort by the entire production staff is posted below for your enjoyment on this anniversary date, along with the script - and for heaven’s sake, check out the script, especially the programmed-in break after the Hugh Panero interview noted on the roadmap; the script also contains the interview prep for both guests. (And while I’m at it, let me thank Mr. Panero one more time for making The Bob Edwards Show a reality…I really wish you could have taken the entire journey with us, but thank you, sir, for starting it and proving that satellite radio could have real class and style.) Let me also note the sultry voice you will hear in the recording’s opening promo belongs to producer Melissa Gray.

And as to that bottle left under the chair in the Performance Studio so very long ago? Well, again this year I’m going to have a drink from it, letting Bob buy me another.

Oh, and if you were there twelve years ago, post a note with your own memories in the comments here. And tell me where on the board you signed your wishes to the show and its host - that board is now here in the archives, and one day I’ll be posting a scanned version of it where everyone’s best wishes can be seen.

Edit 20180326: While it’s true there is no DAT of the broadcast, buried in a shoebox of additional material provided by Executive Producer Chad Campbell earlier this month was a CD containing an excellent aircheck of the 8:00am broadcast (as confirmed by comparing commercial/promos in the breaks). I have replaced the off-radio aircheck with this one; if you’ve already downloaded the program and are interested in a sound-quality upgrade which is particularly noticeable when Marshall Chapman entertains, I urge you to pull the revised copy of the program. The only casualty of the switch is missing Melissa Gray’s opening promo, but you can still hear her at about 31:47; she announces the Audible commercial. –cfs3

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday October 4th, 2005: Download

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9/26/2017


Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 10:34 pm

Rodney Crowell had visited the Edwards show before in 2005, so when he and Mary Karr released Kin in 2012, it was a natural thing to revisit. Now, I could tell you all about how the two met, and what lead to their collaboration, but since they’re going to tell you themselves in the interview, I’ll skip it. As Bob says in the opening:

Rodney Crowell Is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. Mary Karr is a critically-acclaimed poet and a best-selling author of memoirs. What they have in common are redneck roots in eastern Texas and a gift for using that background to tell moving stories of colorful characters in a certain place and time. Crowell and Karr have joined forces to produce Kin, a cd of songs both poignant and comic-representing the upbringings that were too painful to be appreciated at the time. Guest vocalists on the album include Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Rodney’s ex–Roseanne Cash.

So enjoy these two for the full hour, originally broadcast June 21st, 2012.

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9/17/2017


Jerry Lawler & Chad Shaffler on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:21 pm

Every now and again, The Bob Edwards Show went all-out, choosing as a subject the most elite and aristocratic topics possible. Today’s program is one of those:

Professional Wrestling.

Jerry Lawler and Chad Shaffler visited the program on December 1st, 2011 to talk about Shaffler’s documentary Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ which tells the story from the carnival days of Sputnik Monroe to integration, female wrestlers, and Jerry “The King” Lawler, who famously wrestled Andy Kauffman. From the introduction:

Professional wrestling is characterized as a spectacle combining showmanship and athleticism—a soap opera for men. Originating as a carnival sideshow, professional wrestling has had a colorful history—and some of it is captured in the documentary film titled Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’. Film director Chad Schaffler is my guest today-along with one of his principal subjects-Jerry “The King” Lawler. We’ll discuss Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura, the tag teams, the females, the midgets— and the late comic performance artist Andy Kaufman, who went to the hospital after a bout with The King. When we’re done, you’ll know a heel from a babyface.

And if that isn’t enough for you, the program then visited the Nightmare Wrestling School, a professional wrestling school in West Memphis, Arkansas that carries on the tradition of regional training and performances. So join the program as it wraps a corner clothesline around the subject of professional wrestling…

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8/29/2017


My Comments to the FCC Regarding the Removal of Net Neutrality Rules

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 7:11 pm

Submitted to the FCC in reference to Proceeding 17-108; specifically referencing comments by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai saying that what matters is the quality, not the quantity of the comments, preferring a single well-argued legal brief over potentially millions of common citizens demanding of the FCC basic protections:

I realize you are on-record preferring a well-crafted legal brief, but I am not a lawyer. I am just one of the citizens whose rights you are sworn to protect. Just some guy who doesn’t want to see my connection to ANY server, using ANY protocol, throttled because I am not using one of the paid services of my Internet provider - which, of course, in the vast majority of the country has no competition in the marketplace. Someone who depends on the FCC to by rule-making govern the public trusts under your control to the benefit of all citizens, not just a few corporations.

The idea that the governed would even need to argue for simple fairness in packet-sharing, something so basic to the proper functioning of the Internet, is astounding to me. Why Net Neutrality would be something to abolish makes no sense to any rational person with any understanding of the basics of how the Internet works.

And that the United States, the country who INVENTED the connection protocols that allow computers all over the world to be interconnected into this thing we call the Internet would even consider placing the whim of the few corporations controlling access over the desperate need of all of its citizens is truly an embarrassment to us all.

But then, I am not a lawyer, and this is not a well-crafted legal brief, so I assume it is your intention to completely ignore my comments. After all, why would I matter? I’m just a guy who is part of the public in public trust.

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