NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Edwards, who anchored National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” for slightly below 25 years and was the baritone voice who advised many Americans what had occurred whereas they slept, has died.
Edwards, who died Saturday, was 76 years previous. NPR had no additional particulars.
He grew to become co-host of “All Things Considered” with Susan Stamberg in 1974 shortly after becoming a member of NPR, and was the founding anchor of “Morning Edition” in 1979. He left NPR after being changed on the present in 2004 — a programming transfer that led to protests by hundreds of listeners — and he joined SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio.
Edwards’ deep, commanding voice gave many listeners the impression that he was older than he was. “His was the voice we woke up to,” Stamberg mentioned.
For 12 years, he had common conversations with veteran sportscaster Red Barber, which led to Edwards’ ebook, “Friday with Red: A Radio Friendship.”
Edwards would inform listeners about well-known individuals who have been celebrating birthdays. He later came upon that his announcement of First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s birthday shocked and saved her husband, President Jimmy Carter, who heard Edwards whereas out jogging; he had forgotten the birthday.
“I like sitting at the mic and being on the radio,” Edwards mentioned shortly earlier than leaving NPR. “That’s still a kick.”
He wrote a memoir, “A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio,” and a historic ebook concerning the medium, “Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism.”
John Lansing, NPR’s CEO, mentioned Edwards’ former colleagues and listeners will bear in mind him with gratitude.
“Bob Edwards understood the intimate and directly personal connection with audiences that distinguishes audio journalism from other mediums, and for decades he was a trusted voice in the lives of millions of public radio listeners,” Lansing mentioned.