Lovers of National Public Radio will recognize the above as programs broadcast on the airwaves of NPR. Along with some others, these are my favorites.
Roberta and I, who have WAMU 88.5 on all the time, finally got to visit their headquarters in Washington.
We owe thanks to The Cal Alumni Club of Washington, who arranged the tour (another great one Carolyn!). CACW is one of the oldest and largest outside of California, tracing its history to 1930. One of their groups is the Culture Club, which holds periodic events. We’ve been to ones at the Octagon House, a Giants game at Nationals Park, and others.
When one listens, it can seem like all the shows are produced by NPR (If you google NPR you might get WAMU). A typical station’s schedule, however, includes programming from others. We are fans of The Kojo Nnamdi Show and like what Joshua Johnson is doing with "1A," a morning show which replaced The Diane Rehm Show’s long run. These shows are produced by WAMU, whose offices are located near American University.
Their Capitol Street building lies in the shadow of Union Station and is situated in the heart of the vibrant NOMA neighborhood (walk score 95).
The new building is connected to a saved portion of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company warehouse. Completed in 1927, it has been refurbished (The NRHP form notes that there was a phone for every 3.5 people that year in Washington!).
The guided tour included the studios, engineering room and their war-room-like production floor. In the lobby, a timeline with placards touches on the history of NPR.
All things considered, another terrific tour. Love ya Cal, love ya NPR.