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2/22/2018


Dangerous Crossings, Part 2

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 7:27 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

This is the second part of Dangerous Crossings, the program’s examination of illegal immigration. From the program’s introduction:

Each year, Hundreds of illegal immigrants to the United States die in the southwestern desert. Migrants risk their lives in the harsh climate and terrain because the federal government has tightened security at the safer crossing points. Today we’ll ride along with Border Patrol officers as they try to do their job of securing our border with Mexico. Then we’ll take a second ride through the desert with members of the Samaritans, a group that maintains water stations in the desert and takes other measures to try to minimize the loss of life among illegal immigrants to the United States.

Again, produced by Chad Campbell; script/roadmap included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday, March 10th, 2006: Download

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2/18/2018


Dangerous Crossings, Part 1

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:01 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

While putting this together, I found it surprising how many of these programs hold up and are just as relevant today, like the first two-episode documentary from March of 2006; Dangerous Crossings. From the first program’s introduction:

For the next two days, the subject of this program is illegal immigration to the United States, a matter that inspires a number of passionate opinions. You will hear from leaders who set Immigration policy here in Washington, from the police force charged with stopping illegal immigrants, from humanitarians trying to save immigrants from dying in the desert, from others who want migrants & their employers punished more severely—and you’ll hear from the migrants themselves—who leave friends and family behind—and risk their lives—in hopes of someday sharing in the American dream.

This two-part documentary was produced by Chad Campbell. Script/roadmap also included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, March 9th, 2006: Download

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2/1/2018


Bob Edwards’ Conversation with Ben Bradlee

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:34 pm

One of the things about having spent eleven years meticulously (some might say “insanely”) recording The Bob Edwards Show every weekday morning is that I have a wealth of programming to listen to again. While I will frequently search out specific guests, I can also just grab a show randomly - after all, that is much like the show is still airing, allowing me some surprise about the “next day’s” guests. Last night, I opened up 2007, then June, then the fourth, and loaded the show into my player (an XM Inno I no longer use for satellite radio, since there isn’t much there to listen to anymore). This morning, I was pleasantly surprised to hear again Bob’s conversation with Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee, and thought you might enjoy listening to the program, too. From the introduction:

Ben Bradlee was executive editor of The Washington Post at several of the most important points of its history—and OUR history. Bradlee directed the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that resulted in Richard Nixon resigning the Presidency in disgrace. Now a vice president for the paper, Bradlee recalls Watergate, the Pentagon Papers case and his close friendship with JFK.

In a time when inconvenient facts are labeled “fake news,” listening to Bradlee’s gruff voice and view of history is refreshing; and knowing this was one of only four humans who for more than thirty years knew the identity of the shadowy government leaker code-named for a pornographic movie, “Deep Throat,” adds considerable gravitas to the conversation held in Bradlee’s office at the Washington Post and produced by Ariana Pekary.

The program begins with Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson filling-in for David Broder to talk politics, including the recent primary debates. As usual, script/roadmap included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday June 4th, 2007: Download

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1/2/2018


Keely Smith on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 5:58 pm

From Variety, December 17th, 2017: Keely Smith, Jazz and Pop Singer, Dies at 89

I saw this when it was first reported, and there was some discussion on it among the OTR (Old-Time Radio) circles I am a part of. But it wasn’t until I was working on something else this week that I noticed Ms. Smith had been a guest on The Bob Edwards Show, back in 2010. She was interviewed during the show’s trip to New Orleans for Jazzfest along with a serious collection of jazz’s greatest performers. From the introduction:

We”ll continue our New Orleans music series with singer Keely Smith. In the 1950’s Keely and her then husband Louie Prima, survived the demise of the Big Band Era by moving to Las Vegas and inventing the lounge act. Their show was the one to see whether you were a blue collar vacationer-a celebrity politician or a member of the Rat Pack.

First on the program, Bob talks to Patrick Jefferies about the Deepwater Horizon cleanup; and to close out the program, Bob takes his first (but I suspect not last) trip to Hansen’s Snow-Bliz for some shaved ice awesomeness. Nestled gently between the two, as it is suspected she would have liked to nestle between Chad and Geoffrey, is Keely Smith.

For Bob’s essay about the singer and the boys’ narrow escape, check out the Bob Edwards Radio Website.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday, July 21st, 2010: Download

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12/30/2017


Sue Grafton on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:03 am

From The New York Times: Sue Grafton, Whose Detective Novels Spanned the Alphabet, Dies at 77

In 2005, Ms. Grafton visited The Bob Edwards Show (Bob in Washington, D.C. and Ms. Grafton in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center) to have a conversation with Bob about her then-new book, S is for Silence. From the introduction:

Nearly 23 years ago, Sue Grafton wrote a mystery novel titled A Is For Alibi, beginning a highly successful series that has steadily moved through the alphabet to the point where S Is for Silence is now in the bookstores. That means she has at least seven more books in her future. Sue Grafton is my guest today, telling us of the lastest adventures involving her fictional detective Kinsey Millhone.

The last segment is devoted to the Grammy nominees who were on the program in the past year, but the bulk of the program goes to Sue Grafton; interview produced by Chad Campbell. Script/roadmap also included for those of us who enjoy reading such things.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday, December 13th, 2005: Download

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12/26/2017


The Legacy of Buck Owens

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 8:29 pm

Ok, I really gotta check Facebook more often…

As many of you know, I am not someone who spends a lot of time on FB; the Internet is vast, and FB is only a tiny part of it. I know a lot of people think that’s all there is to the Net, and certainly Facebook encourages that impression, but it really isn’t the case. I spend my time “out here,” where I can write to you, dear reader, without having to tell Mark Zuckerberg my phone number or birthplace. (I know, I know, everyone’s on there. Actually, they ain’t.)

But I was “tagged” in a post from former Bob Edwards Show producer Chad Campbell, and didn’t even realize it until a few days ago. As soon after the holiday as I could, though, I hereby answer that post (and will tag him myself on FB for good measure).

Anyway, I present the program originally aired December 17th, 2013 where Bob interviews Randy Poe, co-author of Buck ‘Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens. From the introduction:

Well it’s high time that we devote a program to the life and career of Buck Owens, a man who came of age just when Nashville was getting citified and disdaining the traditional sounds of country music. Not Buck. He not only stuck with the full twang of the fiddle and pedal steel sound-he also kept himself out of Nashville as much as he could. Buck Owens was a Bakersfield, California guy and though he scored 20 number one hits on the country charts, the country music establishment denied him honors for as long as it could. Buck told the story of his life on a series of cassette tapes that have now reached book form thanks to my guest today Randy Poe.

So sit back and enjoy a look back into the fascinating life of country music star Buck Owens. Script/roadmap is, of course, helpfully included. And I’ll strive in the New Year to check-in to Facebook a time or three every week so this kind of delay is never again an issue. As long as I don’t have to give Marky my social security number…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday, December 17th, 2013: Download

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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.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday January 25th, 2010: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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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

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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.

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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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