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A Conversation With Frank Tavares

Referred to as the most heard voice on public radio, Frank Tavares has been reading the underwriting credits for more than three decades at NPR. Later today, the network announces his replacement. A full-time teacher at Southern Connecticut State University, Tavares has also written a collection of short stories. You'll hear his thoughts on writing later, but first Tavares reflects on his long tenure at NPR.

Tavares' new book - The Man Who Built Boxes - includes a dozen short stories. He's been voicing the funding credits on NPR for more than three decades as a part-time contractor from his Connecticut home. The network announces his replacement later today with the transition beginning next month. NPR says her voice will be heard alongside Tavares for the remainder of the year.

Tavares talks a little more about the book, his writing process and reads an excerpt in this portion of the interview.


You can find more details about the book at Bacon Press Books.

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.