Anyone who’s familiar with the Derby City knows the Louisville Legends—those building-sized posters featuring the faces of local icons like Mary T. Meagher, Pee Wee Reese, and Muhammad Ali. This "Louisville Life" story gives you an update on one of those legends: Louisville’s man at the national microphone, Bob Edwards.
Bob Edwards is the host of "The Bob Edwards Show", the flagship program on XM Satellite Radio’s XM Public Radio (XM 133). It’s an original weekday morning program featuring in-depth interviews with newsmakers, journalists, entertainers, and other compelling figures. Before joining XM, Edwards hosted National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition" for more than 24 years, attracting more than 13 million listeners weekly.
Also heard on public radio stations across the country is Bob Edwards Weekend, a two-hour showcase of Edwards’ favorite interviews from his daily show.
Edwards has won the duPont-Columbia Award for radio journalism, the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio. In November of 2004, he was inducted into the national Radio Hall of Fame. He is the author of two books: "Fridays with Red," which chronicled his radio friendship with legendary sportscaster Red Barber, and "Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism" (the August 2005 selection for bookclub@ket).
After growing up in Louisville, Edwards graduated from the University of Louisville. He began his radio career as a DJ at a small station in New Albany, IN, where he also covered the news, sold advertising, and even made repairs around the station.
Edwards lives in Virginia with his wife, Sharon. They have three children and one grandchild.
"Louisville Life"’s Jayne McClew interviewed Edwards in the Kentucky Collection room of the Speed Art Museum. He was there to speak to a group of journalists as part of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Conference sponsored by the Louisville SPJ.
- Program 124
- Native son and radio personality Bob Edwards; the Frazier International History Museum; a local story of escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad; a history of black jockeys; and an interview with John Asher, vice president of communications at Churchill Downs. (#124)