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Radio Smart Talk: Diane Rehm

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 15, 2013 8:18 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, March 15:


The Diane Rehm Show has more than 2.4 million listeners each week on public radio stations across the country, including witf.  However, numbers alone don't tell the stories of Diane Rehm and one of the nation's most successful talk shows.

On Friday's Radio Smart Talk, Rehm will visit the witf Public Media Center studios to describe her journey from assistant producer at WAMU in Washington D.C. to hosting a national radio program.

Along the way, Rehm has won a Personal Peabody Award, which is considered one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, written three books, and interviewed some of the most interesting people in the world.  Rehm became the first radio talk show host to interview a sitting president in the Oval Office when she sat down with President Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000.

Of course, the Diane Rehm Show is unique in other ways.  Probably the most noticeable is Diane's voice.  In 1998, her career almost ended when she was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder that causes strained, difficult speech.  Rehm has brought attention to the condition and no doubt will address it on Friday's show.

Diane Rehm's appearance in Central Pennsylvania is supported by Roof Advisory Group, Investment and Financial Planning Services.

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Comments: 4

  • Susan Hollerbach Kalas img 2013-03-14 21:07

    Loved Diane's presentation last night at Millersville. I did so want to ask Diane if she ever got a chance to indulge in pleasure reading outside the scope of material she has to keep current on. If so, I'd love for her to share which titles (or authors) resonated as influential or significant to her. Can you ask her that question about her personal reading material?? Thanks!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-15 08:33

    E-mail from Jim:

    "Does she see herself as competing with Tom Ashbrook, since both shows are broadcast live at the same time on hundreds of NPR stations? P.S., I'm a huge fan of both shows."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-15 08:35

    E-mail from Kate:

    "Have you ever been starstruck? If so, by whom?"

  • L.Helding img 2013-03-15 09:13

    Dear Mr LaMar:
    re: your comment about hosting a future show on Voice Health - I emailed you in November (2012) suggesting you do this very thing on April 16th: "World Voice Day" - a date dedicated to spreading awareness on voice health. I would be very interested in your reply to this suggestion.

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