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5/29/2017


Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, dies at 78

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:46 pm

From The Washington Post: Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, dies at 78

To even try to list the accomplishments of this sportswriter would take too much space, space I’d rather devote to the man himself. Most of us who aren’t sports fanatics first met Deford on Morning Edition, and he quickly became one of the few sportswriter this non-fan actually looked forward to hearing.

In 2012, Bob Edwards sat down with him in the studio to discuss his memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. He was introduced:

After sixteen books about other people—both real and imagined—Frank Deford has finally written one about himself. A member of the sportwriters hall of fame, Deford has written about every athlete worth knowing about for the last fifty years. He is probably the most widely respected sports journalist alive today-but also a novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster. He is the senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, appears on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and is heard each Wednesday on NPR’s Morning Edition. His memoir is titled Over Time.

The poignancy now of Bob’s last question, one Deford clearly appreciated, is both filled with reflection and completely uplifting. The program starts with Diana Henriques on her book The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, but the bulk of the hour contains one more visit with Frank Deford…script/roadmap included.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday May 22nd, 2012: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 [54:34m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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5/23/2017


Bob Edwards and an hour with Carol Kaye

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:02 pm

If you don’t know the name, you do know the music. From California Girls through Wichita Lineman to Twelfth of Never, her playing was and is inescapable. She is frequently credited with having worked over 10,000 studio sessions, played on countless television themes (Mission: Impossible comes immediately to mind), and was part of The Clique, a group of studio musicians who traveled from studio to studio making everyone from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa sound good.

Bob Edwards first spoke to her in 2000 while at NPR, where their conversation was cut to eight minutes to fit in a segment of Morning Edition. But here, Bob spends an hour with the “First Lady of Bass” to take a master class on the history of music in the second half of the Twentieth Century from someone who helped make that history.

But here’s the show introduction:

Hello and welcome to The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday, March 11th, and an hour with Carol Kaye—jazz guitarist by night—teacher and session bass player by day. She played on scores of hits beginning back in the day when session players got no written credit on the album jacket. That’s Carol Kaye’s bass line on “Good Vibrations” and a bunch of other Beach Boys tunes. As a session player, she might record with Frank Zappa or the Righteous Brothers, then go directly to another recording session and play for Frank Sinatra or Barbra Streisand. Based in Los Angeles, she got plenty of TV and movie work also. Every time you watched M*A*S*H or Mission Impossible, you heard Carol Kaye.

For this file, I did more work than I usually do. I personally recorded the program on the airdate of March 11th, 2009 from my XM radio, but the quality of the program wasn’t terribly high. In the archives of the program, I found a CD of this show without the original commercials (which themselves stand as something of an historical document, showing that satellite radio at one time had style and class). So I overlayed the CD segments on the original audio to give you the best of both worlds.

And if that isn’t enough media, don’t turn off your player when Bob signs off…I’ve added a little more than a half-minute of never-before-heard audio from the DAT backup of the raw interview, also from the archives, that begins when Bob is leaving the National Public Radio Culver City studio…

Oh, yeah, script/roadmap included as well.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday March 11th, 2009: Download

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5/21/2017


Paul Thorn

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 7:54 pm

Paul Thorn is a favorite of listeners to The Bob Edwards Show, and not just for his musical talents. The guy has stories, and a distinctive way of telling them. He’s been on the program a bunch of times, and was even the subject of the first “Backstage with Bob” podcast…but the first time he appeared on the program was March of 2008, with this introduction:

“Washington Post columnist David Broder begins our week with his Monday political analysis. The rest of the program today belongs to Paul Thorn, a onetime professional boxer who survived seven rounds with Roberto Duran. Fortunately, he still has enough teeth to be a highly-regarded singer/songwriter, composing such gems as “Mission Temple Fireworks Stand,” “Burn Down the Trailerpark,” and “I’d Rather Be a Hammer than a Nail.” The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Paul Thorn made his music debut as a three-year-old on tamborine at his daddy’s revivals. But he’s left the tent for clubs and theaters promoting his new cd titled, “A Long Way From Tupelo.”

So first we’ll hear again the late David Broder, and then the rest of the hour with fan favorite Paul Thorn.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday March 17th, 2008: Download

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5/16/2017


Happy Birthday; Studs Terkel talks to Bob Edwards

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 5:01 pm

To celebrate the host’s birthday, here is an interview with another birthday boy…Studs Terkel was interviewed by Bob Edwards at his home in Chicago, IL for this broadcast aired July 29th, 2005. I’ll let the introduction explain:

Hello and welcome to The Bob Edwards Show for Friday, July 29th. Broadcaster and Pullitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel is the man of the hour-for the full hour-and it’s hardly enough time to cover the life and career of a 93-year-old American institution. Studs is such a talker that people are comfortable talking with him. Fortunately, he’s a good listener too and his conversations have produced fascinating oral history books about life in the past century. Studs Terkel also knows that one pays a price for speaking out, but trying to silence him would be like trying to stop the wind from blowing through Chicago.

Script/roadmap included below. Some additional links:

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday July 29th, 2005: Download

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