For those of us who’ve longingly lusted after a Herman Miller Aeron chair or knew the names of obscure charitable foundations who support public radio, it was because of Frank.
A few months ago NPR decided to replace freelancer Frank with a staff announcer. His last session happened this past weekend.
He posted this on Facebook:
Well, barring any unexpected emergencies during the 7 weeks remaining on my NPR contract, the 4-hour-plus recording session I did Saturday morning with Wilma Consuls may be the last of the Tavares voiced funding credits. These are scheduled to air the weeks of November 11 and 18. Bundled together in various groupings, there were just short of 600 individual credits in this last session–about average. The final one was for our friends at The TED Radio Hour–CIG01, “And from Cigna, a global health service company, dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. At Cigna dot com,” followed by our nipper. At the end, a little anti-climactic. Wilma and I chatted for a minute or so, “Well…talk to you sometime….” followed by, “This is a good night from NPR Hamden.” Closed the mic, dropped the line, then had lunch standing in the kitchen, while the dog watched closely, hoping I’d drop something. Sigh…
I commented on Frank’s page it won’t be the same, not having him in the shower with me. He’s in the car too and in my office.
I don’t like change. I don’t like this change.
Support for Frank Tavares comes from NPR listeners everywhere, listeners like me.