In the early 1980s one of the country’s leading public radio stations, Boston’s WBUR-FM, invited me to contribute to their “NPR Morning Edition” broadcast.
The first thing I did was hire two first-rate, Boston based audio engineers, Sonny Dufault and Kevin McLaughlin. I wanted my commentaries to have the production values — including music, sound effects, the 3-D experience of stereo placement — that would give listeners an experience that would last all day.
After working in television, I had a new appreciation for radio listeners. People who recognized me from my commentaries on television would often describe things they were sure I’d said or done that never happened. People who had heard one of my radio pieces, on the other hand, remembered not only what I’d said, but what they thought about it at the time. Over the years, I produced over a hundred of these commentaries for “Morning Edition,” on everything from news events to the comedy of everyday life. Here are some of my favorites: