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's staff, surrounded by employees of WHYY at their 25th-anniversary party.
Melody Kramer/Fresh Air
Fresh Air's staff, surrounded by employees of WHYY at their 25th-anniversary party.
Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the day Fresh Air
became a daily national NPR program. Before that, the show was
broadcast only on WHYY in Philadelphia. How long ago was May 11, 1987?
On Fresh Air
's first edition, TV critic David Bianculli reviewed the finale
of the TV series Hill Street Blues
A 25th anniversary is a pretty big event in the
life of a show. To celebrate, it seemed appropriate to do something that
reflected our 25 years on the air, so we decided to select some of Fresh Air
's great live musical performances from our archive. Among the performers on Friday's show: Peggy King, Susannah McCorkle
, Loudon Wainwright III
, Charlie Haden
, Shirley Horn
, Arthur Alexander, Richard Thompson
, Dave Frishberg
, Rebecca Kilgore
, Nick Lowe
, John Doe
and Catherine Russell
So many other great musicians have performed on our show over the past 25 years. (You can find many of their performances online here
We feel very fortunate — not many shows get to celebrate a 25th
anniversary — because we've been given the greatest anniversary gift a
show can ask for: you. Whether you've been listening for 25 years or
just a few days, you have given us the privilege of marking this
anniversary and continuing to produce Fresh Air
. On behalf of all of us who have worked on the show over the past 25 years, our current crew and our alumni, thank you. A lot.
executive producer is Danny Miller. The people who work so hard to find
our guests, edit our interviews and keep us on the air include Amy
Salit, Phyllis Myers, Roberta Shorrock, Sam Briger, Ann Marie Baldonado,
Lauren Krenzel, John Myers, John Sheehan (who edited and mixed this
anniversary show), Heidi Saman, Teresa Madden, Melody Kramer, Dorothy
Ferebee and Audrey Bentham.
Some of the singing you hear on Fresh Air
isn't from concerts; it's just guests breaking out into song. The medley on today's show features: