Apr 1, 2004

In letters to listeners posted on their websites, public radio stations are discussing the departure of Bob Edwards from Morning Edition. Jim King, director of WVXU in Cincinnati, is particularly blunt: "...[I]t is impossible for me to convey my own sense of outrage and betrayal by the network we supposedly 'own' as member stations."
"We have listened to a lot of Bob Edwards' Morning Edition lying down in our beds but we should not take this dismissal from Morning Edition lying down," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the Senate March 24. (His comments start three paragraphs down on this page.)
Romanesko of Poyntless Online reports that Bob Edwards will deliver the voice of NPR's telephone system after leaving Morning Edition.
More about Bob Edwards in the Chicago Tribune (reg. req.), in USA Today, on NPR's On the Media and from the network's ombudsman.
The weblog Brand Autopsy is devoted to public radio this week, with discussion of fund drive no-nos, Bob Edwards and other topics.
Gregory Nava turns the new season of American Family into a 13-part movie, sending the eldest Gonzalez son into the Iraq War, says Seattle P-I critic Melanie McFarland. She predicts a heart-wrenching season.
A dozen supporters of Bob Edwards broke into NPR headquarters before dawn this morning to protest his reassignment, the Washington Post website reported. The women seized programmer Jay Kernis when he arrived and locked him in a utility closet, but not before running their fingers through his hair. Edwards, who had bemoaned the loss of the singles atmosphere of NPR's early days, was reported missing after the protesters left.