Incidental Acts of Spontaneous Cerebral Violence

Friday, April 30, 2004

Happy trails

Bob Edwards Signs Off 'Morning Edition'

Bob Edwards signed off Friday after nearly 25 years as host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," thanking the "hundreds of people who have done their best to make me sound like I know what I'm talking about."

He has been the only host of the show, which is broadcast live from 5 to 7 a.m. Eastern time. Edwards, 57, didn't hide his disappointment at the reassignment, saying he had been looking forward to celebrating the show's 25th anniversary this fall. NPR said it made the change because it was trying to refresh the network's broadcasts.

I’ve never been the biggest “Morning Edition” fan*, but couldn’t the NPR brass let the man stay on the air until his 25th anniversary? Is that so much to ask? It’s not as if they were losing millions of dollars in advertising revenue due to Bob Edwards. I really don’t think that Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have Howard Stern quivering in fear behind his shades.

*In all fairness, I usually only hear the last 20 minutes of M.E. as I drive into work biding time until Nic & MBE.

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