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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

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday February 28th, 2005 [59:16m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | 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.

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