By Bob Edwards
The Bob Edwards Show is five years old. Let’s see….261 weekdays a year times five….minus 100 repeat shows….that’s more than 1,200 hours filled by quality conversation with some 2,500 guests. Those interviews constitute an important historical record when you consider that they include some of the final public comments of Studs Terkel, Wendy Wasserstein, Buck O’Neil, Father Robert Drinan, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and others who have died. Archiving all of our shows at the Library of Congress remains a major goal for me.
The show has informed, entertained, educated and enlightened. It’s an island of civil discourse in a sea of radio rant. It also has established a place within satellite radio for original journalism, producing radio news documentaries of such quality to merit more than a dozen prestigious awards.
We begin our sixth year with much more to do. We will continue to celebrate the work of seasoned thinkers, writers and artists while also introducing you to promising newcomers who deserve a wider audience. Six members of our staff of ten are still too young to run for President—so we don’t miss much that’s new.
We thank the management of Sirius XM radio for giving us a home and supporting us. We’re grateful to our partners at PRI for keeping us in the public radio world. And many thanks to you listeners who have been so loyal to the program and have given us a number of great ideas for interviews and special reports. We hope to celebrate many more anniversaries.