Most Heard Voice on Public Radio on Eastern Standard (audio available)

Sep 29, 2013

If you've listened to NPR for more than 20 minutes, you've likely heard the voice of Frank Tavares.  Although you may have never known his name, he's been the voice that has told us of the businesses and organizations that help pay for the network programming, ending with the familiar identifier, "This is NPR.."

You've heard the voice for years but likely never knew his name or seen his picture. Frank Tavares joins us on Eastern Standard.

Tavares has been "the voice" of NPR's News underwriters for over 31 years. Dozens of times a day, he's been heard reading the names of the organizations, corporations, and individuals who contribute to the funding of NPR's news programs. This includes newscasts, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, and Talk of the Nation. That will soon change as NPR hires a replacement for the freelance announcer, who's also a teacher and writer.

This summer, Frank released The Man Who Built Boxes, a collection of short stories, published by Bacon Press. He'll discuss his book as well as his more than three decades at NPR on this week's Eastern Standard.

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