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On my way to work this morning I was listening to NPR's Morning Edition as usual, and was sad to hear that it was the last broadcast for the host, Bob Edwards. He's been the host since Morning Edition started almost 25 years ago. Initially I assumed he was retiring, but later in the broadcast it was mentioned that he would be a Senior Corrospondent for NPR News from now on. Seemed really weird...

So when I got to work I looked online to see why he had made the switch, and was shocked to learn that he was forcibly transfered by NPR management. This is a guy who has been on the air for 25 years, and has the highest rated morning show in the country. Why mess with him? It just makes no sense. Apparently NPR received a 17,000 signature petition demanding Edwards not be removed and threatening to withhold donations when NPR affiliates start their spring membership drives in May. They also received more phone calls about this than they've ever had about any other issue. They're replacing him anyway. Apparently the programing guys want to "freshen up" the program by making it more news oriented and have multiple hosts that can play off each other. Whatever...if I wanted "new" and "fresh" and "edgy" I'd be listening to Howard Stern, you assclowns.

I mean, really, how can you replace a guy who has a recipe for a Mint Julep as badass as this?:
Pour straight Kentucky sour mash bourbon over ice in a sturdy glass. Think about rows of mint in a garden. Think about the mint left on your pillow in a comfortable hotel room at the end of a long day on the road. Think about the United States Mint churning out coins that are used to actually buy things. Think about any kind of mint you like, but don't let any of it get near the glass.

What you are holding is not a mint julep, but rather a bourbon on the rocks, a much more satisfying refreshment than some girly drink with too much sugar and some ugly leaves in it. While enjoying the bourbon, play a Ray Charles CD that includes his early '60s instrumental hit One Mint Julep. Turn up the volume.


You know, if the guy just isn't doing his job, or ratings suck, sure, make a change. But this guy is an NPR institution, and both he and his show are extremely popular. Messing with it is just stupid corporate games, and I expect more from publicly subsidized NPR.

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NPR only gets about 2 percent of its annual budget from the Federal Government, and even that money is just handed over. It is in the form of grants that must be applied for. So, even if they are a non-profit, they have to operate from the "corporate" sense of mind in order to keep the money from sponsors and donors rolling in.

I realize they're not really Federally funded anymore. I guess I should have been more specific. What I meant by publicly subsidized was that their budget is largely made up of grants and listener donations.

The point being that they're not in it to make money. They have to pay the bills. I know they can't back a show that's bleeding money just because it's good. But if a show is doing well enough to keep the lights on, and people like it, why change? There are no investors demanding profits. Hell, even if they were for profit, why pull the host of the highest rated show in it's time slot?

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