Bob Edwards, Peabody-winning National Radio Hall of Famer and anchored NPR Morning edition for nearly a quarter century before switching to satellite radio, died Saturday. He was 76 years old. National Public Radio announced his death, but did not provide details.

Edwards joined the radio publisher in 1974 and soon after became co-host of its exclusive news program. All things considered with Susan Stamberg. He left the program in 1979 to be the founding anchor of morning edition, which he would host with his warm baritone until 2004. His first interview for the program was Charles Osgood, who died last month.

“Bob Edwards understood the intimate, directly personal connection with the public that distinguishes audio journalism from other media,” NPR CEO John Lansing wrote in announcing his death, “and for decades he was a trusted voice in the lives of millions of people. public radio listeners. ”

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Edwards was removed as Morning edition not long before what would have been his 25th anniversary on the show. He chose not to remain as a senior correspondent and instead moved to pre-merger Sirius Satellite Radio. There he led The Bob Edwards Showin which he interviewed interesting people for up to an hour, compared to the eight-minute maximum on his NPR show.

Sirius ran too Bob Edwards Weekend, a program that compiled clips of his interviews from the previous week. Both of Edwards' satellite radio shows would last a decade, ending in 2014.

Born May 16, 1947, in Louisville, KY, Edwards served in the Army during the Vietnam War, where he produced TV and radio segments from Seoul for what was then called the Armed Forces Network. By his early 20s, he was hosting national radio shows for the Mutual Broadcasting System.

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He won the Peabody Award in 1999 for his Morning edition work and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame five years later.

A longtime friendship and working relationship with Hall of Fame baseball announcer Red Barber led to Edwards' book Friday with Red: A Radio Friendshipwhich was published in 1993. He also wrote Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism (2004) and the memoir A voice in the box: my life on the radio (2011). Later, Edwards hosted a podcast called Take over today for AARP.

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