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More NPR Pettiness…

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 3:17 pm

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National Paranoid Radio strikes again; The Bob Edwards Show hoped to have as their guest veteran newsman Daniel Schorr on the first anniversary of the program, as Schorr was hired at CBS by Edward R. Murrow. Unfortunately, NPR, as it did with Scott Simon, refused to allow Schorr to participate in the program. As Bob Edwards said somewhat tongue-in-cheek before the program was recorded before a live studio audience of invited program fans, “You were told that Daniel Schorr would be here…and we all dearly wanted Daniel Schorr to be here…National Public Radio didn’t want Daniel Schorr to be here…we learned at the last second that he would not be coming, and putting him in a dilemma…but Dan’s only 89…he’s got to look out for his own future.”

What the hell causes a big company like NPR to be so frightened of XM Satellite Radio’s The Bob Edwards Show?

For more on this, including a sound clip, see

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Bob Edwards Show First Anniversary

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 6:06 pm

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I’m really busy right now, but as soon as I get a few minutes to breathe, I’ll be posting a complete report on last evening’s The Bob Edwards Show first anniversary party and taping at the XM studios in Washington, D.C. It was an amazing night, and I have the pictures and audio to prove it!

(And you can bet NPR is going to get yet another slam from me for preventing Dan Schorr from attending the event!)

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“Bob Edwards Weekend” to launch in 2006!

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 5:42 pm

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As posted on the BobEdwards.Info discussion boards:

It’s Official!

Public Radio International® and XM Satellite Radio to
Launch Bob Edwards Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C. and MINNEAPOLIS, September 22, 2005 — XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 4.4 million subscribers, and Public Radio International (PRI) today announced the launch of a new weekend interview program, Bob Edwards Weekend, to be syndicated to public radio stations in January 2006. Produced by XM and distributed by PRI, the two-hour program will feature a selection of interviews from The Bob Edwards Show, which airs weekdays exclusively on XM Satellite Radio’s public radio channel, XMPR (XM Channel 133). The two-hour program will be available to PRI’s 734 affiliate stations nationwide for broadcast and simulcast streaming Friday through Sunday evening. Stations will be able to air Bob Edwards Weekend anytime throughout the weekend.

Full press release at:

I knew that would be a great idea!

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Review: Ghost Whisperer

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 2:24 am

Ah, out with the old, in with the new. The television season is dead, long live the next television season. And to prepare for it, I’m going to review new shows as the pilots become available I get the chance to catch up.

Ghost Whisperer; CBS, Friday Nights 9:00 pm

Did you ever wonder what Medium would be like in less capable hands?

According to the press release, “Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is a young newlywed with the unique ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of people who have died - and who seek her help.” The show opens with a young Melinda at a funeral talking to an older man…and then we see into the coffin and know the man is the guest of honor with a message for his widow. Cut to Melinda’s wedding reception, where she talks to her new husband’s brother…it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he’s been dead for years, and she’s speaking to his incorporeal ectoplasm, restless soul, or whatever.

Anyway, when the kids move into a new “fixer-upper” house with lots of gothic shadows, a soldier appears to her begging for her help; the rest of the episode is her trying to convince the soldier’s now-grown son that his father is really here, and looking for the peace that can only be found by having his body located and buried. Yes, she succeeds in the end, but the getting there tends to the predictable, with a constant stream of plot exposition in the form of her best friend and employee.

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Review: My Name Is Earl

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 4:58 pm

Ah, out with the old, in with the new. The television season is dead, long live the next television season. And to prepare for it, I’m going to review new shows as the pilots become available I get the chance to catch up.

My Name Is Earl; NBC, Tuesday Nights 9:00 pm

Last year, I reviewed the series Rodney and said, in part:

But if you like your comedy served up on the end of a two-by-four, and don’t mind being treated as if you’re dumber than Rodney Hamilton, then this is the show for you.

I have to admit, I was a little surprised Rodney actually hung in for an entire season, but was awfully glad to see it not renewed depressed to see it was renewed…it helped reinstill destroy my faith in the television-watching public.

What does all this have to do with My Name Is Earl? Because in this series, the writers apparently decided a two-by-four was too subtle, and instead hit him…and us…with a car.

The pilot sets up the embarassingly simple series premise; Rodney…er…sorry…Earl (Jason Lee) is a rotten human being, who gets lucky and wins $100,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket. But he loses it when he gets hit by a car immediately after scratching it off. In the hospital, in a drug-induced stupor, he hears an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly (yeah, we gotta promote the late-late-night show somehow) which discusses “karma” - now Earl is way too stupid to understand what it means, but decides he needs to make up for all the bad things in his life anyway.

I was going to describe his brother Randy, the motel maid, his wife, his wife’s new husband and father of Earl’s son (don’t ask), but it doesn’t matter, as they are embarassing stereotypes anyway. By the middle of this episode, I could actually hear my subconscious screaming to be set free so it could run away from this embarassing excuse for a sitcom.

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Filed under: General, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 10:22 am

One of the many projects I’ve been working on since I recovered enough to actually get some work done is, I think, about ready for a few visitors.

The new site is designed to chat about The Bob Edwards Show on XMPR, Channel 133 on XM Satellite Radio. It’s designed to be a fun place for dedicated “Bob-bleheads” and casual listners alike to talk about the show, the guests, and the host.

If you get some time, stop by, register your username, and join in the conversation! (And if you know any other listeners to the show, please let them know we’re in the process of opening up…word-of-mouth is the best way to get listeners of the show to know the place exists!

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Bob Edwards’ Personal Appearance at KAZU

Filed under: Radio Today — Judy Galloway @ 11:22 am

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I’m thrilled to introduce our first “guest blogger,” Judy Galloway, who attended a fundraiser for public radio station KAZU in Monterey, CA on 08/27/2005, with guest Bob Edwards. –cfs3

Introductory note: the author is a “bobblehead” and proud of it. [“Bobblehead”: A Bob Edwards supporter, who, upon hearing of his job “reassignment” in March 2004, began a campaign of email, s-mail, phone calls and petitions to NPR.”]

Bob Edwards continues to support public radio and even NPR. He graciously agreed to attend 2 events on the same day: (1) a “dinner with Bob” and (2) and an “evening with Bob”, both in beautiful Monterey, California.

The weather was unusually warm and sunny. Unfortunately, since the dinner was at a non-air conditioned café (most coastal buildings are not air-conditioned) and it was only 5 pm it was excessively warm inside. Bob appeared nattily attired in a jacket and tie (the rest of us looked rather melted). He was joined on this trip (which also included stops in Fresno (no comment) and in San Francisco (in support of a small high school public radio station-KLDW) by Ms. Andy Danyo who is one of the current producers of the BES and is formerly of NPR. It was a great pleasure to see Bob in person again and to meet Andy.

At the dinner, I was able to speak at length with Andy and I got to speak with Bob too. I learned new information regarding the unpleasant events of 2004 at NPR that I feel constrained to keep to myself. We talked about all sorts of things, from discussing Charlie’s (much deserved) 2-in-one-week on-the-air credits earlier this month to our opinions of certain current NPR employees.

What a great time we had! Andy dragged me over to Bob to tell him that I agreed with her, Charlie and others about wanting to restore the dates in the introductions of the BES. [Note: it seems this effort has succeeded! However, I cannot take the credit. I was simply in the right place at the right time, and happened to come down on the “correct” side of what was obviously a debate within the BES team.] Andy took my photo with himself and I hope she remembers to email it to me.

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Dates Return to the Bob Edwards Show…

Filed under: General, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:22 am

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For those of you following this important story, the dates have returned to the openings of The Bob Edwards Show; their lack was noted in this space last month, and we are much appreciative of their return.

It is possible we have one of our own to thank at least in part for this turn of events, as our friend Judy Galloway discussed the topic with Bob Edwards himself; she will hopefully soon be posting her comments on her evening with Bob in this space.

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Bizarre Graphics…

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 2:43 pm

I’ve been wandering around the Net today, visiting the websites of a number of public radio stations. You’d be amazed at the number of websites who have idiotic webmasters seemingly living under rocks, as the websites still contain graphics proudly proclaming, “Morning Edition with Bob Edwards.”

They only wish…

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