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2/10/2017


Carl Kasell on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:16 pm

Quick apology…things around Chez Charlie have been rather hectic of late, and I haven’t had the time to get archived shows posted. I rectify that and attempt to make up for my absence by replaying an interview with one of the finest broadcasters ever - Carl Kasell. In early 2010, shortly after Carl retired from the daily newscast, he sat down in the studio with Bob for an awesome conversation. From the introduction:

Today’s guest may have been the hardest working man in the news business. Carl Kasell was an NPR newscaster for decades and it’s possible that no one will ever speak more words into an NPR microphone than Carl. Those were literally well-chosen words, too, for Carl’s judgement and experience informed his work every day. His was a signature voice of NPR News, and while he’s left daily news programs as of last week, he’ll continue to serve NPR in other ways we’ll discuss over the next hour. And, of course, nothing I’m telling you is colored by his being a very close friend—and until I meet a nicer one–Carl Kasell gets my vote for nicest human being I know.

Personally, he has my second-favorite voice in radio; with Bob Edwards he encouraged without realizing it my lifelong interest in news, and the team became the most recognizable voices I’ve ever known. And once you hear the conversation here, you’ll agree that these two guys should go on-the-road with a two-man show and just talk. Until then, enjoy this conversation produced by Chad Campbell and taken from a CD rescued from the offices, including the script/roadmap from the paper archives.

And yes, before you ask, the Carl Kasell Bobblehead pictured here is the one discussed in the studio, the one that sat in the Edwards Show offices. Holding the Bob Edwards Show archives has considerable advantages…since I’ll never win his voice on my answering machine, maybe I can get him to sign it one day.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday January 7th, 2010: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday January 7th, 2010 [57:20m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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