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Bob Edwards and Harry Shearer talk OTR

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 12:31 pm

A while back, Harry Shearer, he of Spinal Tap and The Simpsons, was mentioning on Twitter (@theharryshearer) he was looking for national exposure for his documentary about the disaster following hurricane Katrina, The Big Uneasy. I suggested him as a return guest to The Bob Edwards Show and Bob Edwards Weekend, but I was naturally too late and Senior Producer Chad Campbell, a native of New Orleans, already booked him. That’s when I started to beg, plead, and cajole the poor guy to include some questions for Mr. Shearer about his early days in radio, the radio we celebrate on the Internet OTR Digest. Chad was kind enough to include some in the preparation, and Bob Edwards was generous enough to include a short discussion about those times.

Unfortunately, things being what they are in the world of “real” radio, there wasn’t time to fit them in around the discussion of the documentary (which is available on the Bob Edwards Weekend podcast, and I urge you to give that interview a listen). So Chad Campbell went an extra step, and sent the tape to me for inclusion here on the Nostalgic Rumblings podcast. I cannot thank him, Bob, and the whole staff at The Bob Edwards Show enough for the many kindnesses they’ve shown me over the years, and I think you too will be grateful to them for providing this conversation between Bob Edwards and Harry Shearer.

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2 Responses to “Bob Edwards and Harry Shearer talk OTR” »


  1. rbrothers Says:

    Thanks for the Harry Shearer clip. Fun listening.

    Great intro announcer. Did she also perform the closing music?

    Bob in Lone Oak, TX


  3. Charlie Summers Says:

    rbrothers Says:

    Great intro announcer. Did she also perform the closing music?

    She said, “Thank you!” and no, my daughter Katie (who can be seen elsewhere on the blog performing with Will Huchins) isn’t the musical performer; that’s Jill Sobule, of “I Kissed a Girl” fame (not the Katy Perry song, the better one). She wrote me a theme song with some of the story of my life. I listen to it every morning for motivation. ;)

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