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11/7/2017


Peter Ames Carlin on Bruce Springsteen

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:31 pm

Peter Ames Carlin’s final visit to The Bob Edwards Show dealt with his biography of The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. From the introduction:

In the 1970’s, Bruce Springsteen emerged from the Jersey shore to be hailed as the future of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Despite being called The Boss, he was a working class hero who landed on the covers of both TIME and Newsweek. Sprinsteen and his E Street Band became known for long and energetic concerts and a string of hits including Born to Run and Born in the USA in a career that has earned The Boss more than twenty Grammy Awards. Bruce is the title of a new biography written by my guest today, Peter Ames Carlin, a journalist whose previous book subjects include Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

Chad Campbell again takes the production reins, mixing in tons of music guaranteed to keep your toes a’tappin. Script/roadmap also included.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday March 6th, 2013: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/2/2017


Peter Ames Carlin on Paul McCartney

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:00 pm

Peter Ames Carlin returned to The Bob Edwards Show after publishing his book on “the cute Beatle” Paul McCartney: A Life. He spent another hour talking to Bob, and this time Chad Campbell was the producer charged with bringing this interview to life with musical clips. From the introduction:

According to Guiness World Records, Paul McCartney is the most successful musician and composer in the history of popular music with sixty gold records and 32 number one singles. “Yesterday” is the most covered song ever—thousands have recorded it. McCartney wrote sweet ballads and “silly love songs,” but he was also a rocker who drove those early Beatles hits. Now 67 years old, he continues to grow as a musician-writing film scores and classical and electronic music. And he’s one the world’s principal advocates for the welfare of animals. Sir Paul is the subject of a new biography by my guest today Peter Ames Carlin, who also has written an extensive biography of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

Script/roadmap is included below.

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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.

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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

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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.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday October 4th, 2005: Download

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9/26/2017


Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 10:34 pm

Rodney Crowell had visited the Edwards show before in 2005, so when he and Mary Karr released Kin in 2012, it was a natural thing to revisit. Now, I could tell you all about how the two met, and what lead to their collaboration, but since they’re going to tell you themselves in the interview, I’ll skip it. As Bob says in the opening:

Rodney Crowell Is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. Mary Karr is a critically-acclaimed poet and a best-selling author of memoirs. What they have in common are redneck roots in eastern Texas and a gift for using that background to tell moving stories of colorful characters in a certain place and time. Crowell and Karr have joined forces to produce Kin, a cd of songs both poignant and comic-representing the upbringings that were too painful to be appreciated at the time. Guest vocalists on the album include Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Rodney’s ex–Roseanne Cash.

So enjoy these two for the full hour, originally broadcast June 21st, 2012.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, June 21st, 2012: Download

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9/17/2017


Jerry Lawler & Chad Shaffler on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:21 pm

Every now and again, The Bob Edwards Show went all-out, choosing as a subject the most elite and aristocratic topics possible. Today’s program is one of those:

Professional Wrestling.

Jerry Lawler and Chad Shaffler visited the program on December 1st, 2011 to talk about Shaffler’s documentary Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ which tells the story from the carnival days of Sputnik Monroe to integration, female wrestlers, and Jerry “The King” Lawler, who famously wrestled Andy Kauffman. From the introduction:

Professional wrestling is characterized as a spectacle combining showmanship and athleticism—a soap opera for men. Originating as a carnival sideshow, professional wrestling has had a colorful history—and some of it is captured in the documentary film titled Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’. Film director Chad Schaffler is my guest today-along with one of his principal subjects-Jerry “The King” Lawler. We’ll discuss Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura, the tag teams, the females, the midgets— and the late comic performance artist Andy Kaufman, who went to the hospital after a bout with The King. When we’re done, you’ll know a heel from a babyface.

And if that isn’t enough for you, the program then visited the Nightmare Wrestling School, a professional wrestling school in West Memphis, Arkansas that carries on the tradition of regional training and performances. So join the program as it wraps a corner clothesline around the subject of professional wrestling…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, December 1st, 2011: Download

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8/19/2017


The Poet Laureate of Radio with its Finest Interviewer

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 8:55 pm

Back in 2005, I took advantage of my contacts at the Bob Edwards Show staff to pitch an interview that I wanted to hear; Norman Corwin. Now understand, I have a pretty firm rule: if I can’t facilitate the connection, I don’t make the pitch. Saying, “You should interview So-and-So” is pretty useless if you can’t provide contact information for So-and-So, you know?

But in this case I had some connections (I had previously met Mr. Corwin, whose autographed photo you see here is one of my most prized possessions, worked on the committee of the Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention, and ran the largest gathering of OTR fans, the Internet OTR Digest), so I made the pitch to producer Andy Danyo, providing contact info, some recordings (including my favorite Corwin production, “My Client Curley”), and some suggestions; she and Bob decided to do the interview, and the result is what you will now hear, originally airing July 26th, 2005.

From the introduction:

This medium of radio was built on the backs of hundreds of pioneers who made it a popular source of entertainment and information. Some of them labored to keep a bit of radio on the high road, appealing to the better instincts of listeners rather than trying to score a vast audience by appealing to the lowest common denominator. Today you’ll hear from one of those. Norman Corwin wrote, produced and directed some of radio’s finest moments in the pre-television era. Corwin addressed American values through stirring dramas, but also entertained with a clever sense of whimsy.

With the events of the last week or two, I’ve been thinking of Corwin a lot, particularly his On a Note of Triumph; written to celebrate what was then believed to be the final and absolute defeat of the despicable Nazi Regime - who then could have imagined Charlottesville? I’ll be running that production on the tiny Old-Time Radio show I host with my daughter Kate, SummersTime the first week of September on Radio Once More.

A few personal notes: This program was the first time I heard Bob speak my name…surprising and thrilling, I have to tell you. Also, Andy doesn’t know this, but she made me weep the first time I heard this…one of the “drops” she used from On a Note of Triumph, beginning, “I’m a private first class in the army of one of the United Nations…if you don’t mind, there’s some things I’d like to ask,” was a friend of mine, an actor named Harry Bartell, who much later wrote a series of articles for the Internet OTR Digest called Struts and Frets — I urge you to read them, they are fascinating. Anyway, he had been gone a bit over a year at that point, and hearing his voice unexpectedly come out of my satellite radio induced tears of loss and remembrance.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday July 26th, 2005: Download

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8/13/2017


Music City Mondays - WSM, Air Castle of the South

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:38 pm

In 2010, The Bob Edwards Show instituted a short series they called Music City Mondays; programs recorded in Nashville, TN devoted to country music. Most of you know I am not a huge fan of the genre; the sound of a pedal steel guitar is to me what fingernails on a chalkboard is to you. And yet, oddly, country music singers tend to be some of my favorite interviews…sitting the possibly-bogus twang aside, they do tend to be awesome storytellers.

But this show has less to do with country music than it does with radio history, so naturally I’m immediately sucked in. Bob’s introduction:

Today we’re telling the story of one of the country’s great radio stations. WSM in Nashville went on the air 85 years ago and started a program called the WSM Barn Dance that ultimately became the Grand Ole Opry—the longest-running radio program in history. WSM is The Legend—the Air Castle of the South—a fifty thousand watt powerhouse—and the only clear channel station in the eastern United States that is still playing music. It’s reach is so great that it’s one of those stations the federal government would use in a national emergency. And yet its Opryland studios were flooded this year, forcing the staff to work from the site of the station’s distinctive broadcast tower.

That’s where we went to bring you today’s program.

The show begins with Craig Havighurst, author of Air Castle of the South: WSM and the
Making of Music Citv,
and then a tour of the transmitter facility itself with, among others, Chief engineer Jason Cooper.

As I have before, I’ve combined the CD copy of this program from the archives with the original recording I made from the on-line stream so you can have better audio quality and the original promos as aired at 9:00am EST December 6th, 2010. For more on the trip, and a photo slideshow, check out this post at BobEdwardsRadio.com

I hope you enjoy this look at one of the biggest radio stations in the country, produced by Chad Campbell. Oh, I am pleased to report Mr. Campbell survived his close encounter with the killer transmitter…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday December 6th, 2010: Download

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7/30/2017


Happy Birthday, Alton Brown!

Filed under: Television, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:49 pm

To celebrate the birthday of a good friend I have never met, listen to this episode of The Bob Edwards Show from July 28th, 2006. Oh, c’mon…everyone who has enjoyed Good Eats considers Alton Brown a good friend, someone with whom you’d expect to enjoy a self-crafted beer, laughing about the mistakes you made leading up to the awesomeness you are now drinking.

Mr. Brown visited the program to promote his then-new program Feasting on Asphalt, where he traveled across the country enjoying true road food - no fast-food joints for this trip, all great food, some unusual. As Bob said in his introduction:

For most people, road food is nothing more than a number 3 combo ordered through a loud speaker. Alton Brown thinks that’s a shame. So, the trained chef and popular host of the show “Good Eats” on the Food Network, hit the back roads of America to sample authentic road food -from burgers to barbeque to pickled pigs feet to authentic Indian Curry. He rolled his cameras too, creating a special documentary series he’s calling “Feasting on Asphalt.” The first episode airs this Saturday on the Food Network. Brown decided to cross the country on his motorcycle. He says there’s no better way to experience the road.

This program begins with Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks on his book Fiasco, and ends with author Jeff Goodell talking about his book, Big Coal, but like the peanut butter and jelly between two slices of fine bread, Alton Brown entertains in the middle of this show.

Script/Roadmap included; note there is prep material for two of the interviews. Also, this program aired the day before the program’s very first documentary. Truly a team effort, this program was directed by Geoffrey Redick, and produced by Jim Rosenberg, Steve Lickteig, and Andy Danyo Kubis.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, July 27th, 2006: Download

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7/24/2017


Songs of Insects with Wil Hershberger & Lang Elliott

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:06 pm

One of the things about The Bob Edwards Show is that it dealt with pretty much everything…from film, to music, to news. As long as there was powerful audio, it showed up at one time or another on the program.

But bugs?

You bet’cha. Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger are the authors of The Songs of Insects and visited the program in August of 2007 to promote not only the book but the insects themselves. The book contained a CD of insect sounds, sprinkled liberally throughout the interview…they sound so real, you’d swear it was summertime in this country! Oh, wait…

Anyway, the first guest in this program is the Reverend John Buehrens talking about his book Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals, then we’ll hear a cacophony of nature sounds from Wil Hershberger and Lang Elliott.

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7/20/2017


David Broder on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 9:59 pm

From the very first program, David Broder was a fixture. The very first guest, he and Bob discussed the upcoming election and other political issues; and I, of course, came to depend on Mr. Broder’s weekly examination of politics on The Bob Edwards Show. I frequently referred to, “my favorite segment of my favorite show,” a not-to-be-missed start to my work week. Not being good with change, I never did quite get used to hearing him on Friday mornings instead of his Monday appearances.

But on the program’s sixth anniversary, October 4th of 2010, Bob sat down in the studio to discuss not politics, but David Broder. The hour is a fascinating retrospective of an incredible career, and we can be grateful this interview took place, because it wasn’t long after that Mr. Broder was no longer with us.

From the introduction:

Today our little radio program is six years old and we thank you for sustaining us through these hard times. So to celebrate our entering a seventh year, we happy few, we band of six brothers and four sisters devote the full hour to the man who has been an important part of our history.

Washington Post columnist David Broder was my first guest on our first show back in 2004 and he has been analyzing politics for us every week of our existence. Broder is the Pulitzer Prize-winning dean of Washington political reporters going back to the Eisenhower years of the 1950’s. That’s before our current President was even born in Hawaii or Kenya or Venus or wherever the wingnuts are saying this week.

So sit back and let Bob Edwards guide you through a retrospective of the career of David Broder, Dean of the Washington Press Corps.

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6/29/2017


Jane Elliott and Alex Gibney on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:05 pm

I am doing something here I have never done before…I’m posting a “Best of Bob” re-broadcast.

A very smart guy suggested two guests for inclusion here on the blog, and since there just happened to be a “BOB” with both guests which aired on April 17th, 2007, here we go. First up, filmmaker Alex Gibney. He was quite probably the Edwards Show “most-frequent flier,” having appeared eleven times (excluding rebroadcasts!) discussing his various films. In this visit, originally broadcast May 31, 2006, he’s discussing his documentary, “The Human Behavior Experiments.”

In the second half, Bob’s guest is Jane Elliott who in 1968 separated her all-white third grade class by eye color to help them understand what discrimination feels like first hand. This interview first aired September 31, 2006.

And both of these are Chad Campbell productions.

Side note: This rerun is something of an oddity; there is no script/roadmap in the archives (even for BOB shows, there is usually a roadmap, and frequently new open/close voicetracks), and it has no date in the open (both the 16th and the 18th, as well as others I spot-checked in the month are dated). This implies to me this may have been an “evergreen” program, a show produced from interview rebroadcasts held back at-the-ready in case something goes wrong. This type of program has other names; “pocket” show, or my personal favorite, “oh-sh*t” show.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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4/30/2017


Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Edwards

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:59 pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman sat down with Bob Edwards sometime in October of 2005 to talk about his then-new film Capote as well as his entire career. The men spoke for over fifty minutes, and the poignancy of Hoffman talking about the things he wanted to do as he got older is in retrospect rather painful. In this case, I decided to share with you the raw unedited interview instead of the hour-long broadcast.

My friend and final Executive Producer Chad Campbell cringes a little every time I run a raw interview…they are after all called “raw” for a reason, and in the hands of a skilled producer the rough conversation becomes a polished gem. You will hear small errors that were smoothed-over in the produced piece. There are audio clips from various films added to punctuate the conversation. And you probably don’t even realize the magic a good producer can create using the, “internal edit” - by carefully removing hesitations, false-starts, and other imperfections common in everyday conversation, the interviewee becomes to the ear insightful, intelligent, and confident. (If you don’t believe what internal editing can do, re-listen to the final Bob Edwards Show, where with the internal edit Mr. Campbell managed to make even me sound bright.)

So why run this without the polish? Because I am slowly listening to all of the audio rescued from the salvaged DATs (Digital Audio Tapes) rescued from the SiriusXM dumpster, and recently heard this one. Holding the archives, and the wonderful things that were salvaged before the show ended, gives me in this case the opportunity to take you back to 2005, sit you down on the control room couch, and let you listen in on Bob and Philip in conversation as-it-happened in studio. This is not to minimize the work producer Phil Harrell added to this for the polished broadcast aired the 28th, but to show that while some interviews were quite literally disasters Bob had to be thrilled to finish, some sound more like two guys sitting at a bar over a drink talking shop. Yep, there will be some mistakes…but I think the information you’ll gain is worth an occasional “um…er…,” and I hope you’ll enjoy this relaxed conversation with a very interesting guy unfortunately no longer with us.

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4/19/2017


Rebecca Skloot and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Filed under: Television, Films and Video, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 10:54 pm

Over 60 years ago, doctors took cells from a cancer patient in Baltimore. She died soon afterward, forgotten to everyone except her family. But her cells became immortal and famous – known as HeLa. HeLa cells were the first to grow reliably in a laboratory, and they’re still the most widely used today. They’re responsible for everything from the Polio vaccine to gene mapping. They’ve ridden into space and into oblivion on atomic weapons.

The Oprah Winfrey-lead film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premiers in a few days on HBO…but in 2010, Bob Edwards spent an hour with the author of the book on which this film is based, Rebecca Skloot, hearing the story of the woman from whom HeLa cells were taken without permission, and what happened to her family after she died. From the program introduction:

For sixty years, scientists all over the world have conducted research using Hela cells. They’re called Hela cells because they came from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. The scientists know the story of the cells, but not many have bothered to ask about Henrietta’s story. Well Rebecca Skloot did-and she spent ten years researching the life of a 30-year old African American mother of five who died of cervical cancer in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 1951. It would be another 25 years before Henrietta’s children learned about the involuntary contribution their mother left to medical science—a legacy that continues today.

Script/Roadmap also included below.

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