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  •  Frank Deford is a bore. (4+ / 0-)

    At least, he is to me.  That's completely independent of his political views.  Who needs someone gassing on for forty-five minutes (at least, that's what it feels like) about college underwear tossing, or whatever.  They needed someone to fill in for the beloved Red Barber (who was also a bore, if you ask me, although a historical one) after he passed away, and they settled on this guy.

    I recognize, however, that NPR does not stand for "National Me, Me, Me Radio" and that other people have different interests.  I generally try to defend them in screeds frequently published here when they commit the offense not actually strangling a Republican interview live on national radio, and I'll defend them when they broadcast boring non-news features that are of interest to others.

    Don't blame me -- I voted for Weicker.

    by LarryInNYC on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 06:19:00 AM PST

    •  Actually no (3+ / 0-)
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      He wasn't brought in to replace Red Barber. That segment was not an essay but a wide-ranging chat with Bob Edwards. John Feinstein took that seat, and DeFord was given a brand-new segment.

      •  Alas, no, it was a narrow-ranging chat (2+ / 0-)
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        most Fridays thanks to the wrongly-canonized Bob Edwards.

        "For the love of God, Bob," I would holler at the radio, "if Red wants to spend the whole segment talking about Pee Wee Reese or camellias, then shut up and get outta the way!"

        Concur with the main point: The Barber segment ran Fridays; Deford's "Sweetness and Light" feature runs Wednesdays.

        •  I don't think Red (1+ / 0-)
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          wanted to chat alone, he delighted in surprising Bob with an unexpected or off-topic observation and getting a reaction.

          Bob's book about their relationship describes that.

        •  I agree with you about Bob Edwards. (0+ / 0-)

          I don't have a big problem with him, but the degree to which he's canonized is ridiculous.  This past weekend on his "Bob Edward's Weekend" show he was interviewing Gary Wills and they were bantering about the timing of new testament events (like the resurrection) as if they were historical fact.

          Don't blame me -- I voted for Weicker.

          by LarryInNYC on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 07:28:24 AM PST

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          •  It isn't so much that we canonize Edwards (0+ / 0-)

            it's just that by comparison with the current people on NPR, he was damn good. NPR totally lost me and I won't ever give the national organization a penny. I still give to my local station, though.

            Of course, what do I know? I like Frank DeFord.

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