Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes . . .

Well, if you happened to catch "Morning Edition" on KPBS today, you heard my esteemed fellow Verbivore, Richard Lederer, announce that after an illustrious, eight-year run, he's stepping down from his duties as co-host of our show.

More details to come, but for now, let me just say that this is why I've been so scarce lately. We here at "A Way with Words" are working extremely hard to bring you a brand-new incarnation of the show, with some cool new segments and features.

The all-new "A Way with Words" debuts November 18. (In fact, the new show and I will share a birthday. But I digress...)

Richard and I will be talking about this more -- and reading those winning limericks! -- during our two-hour live show this Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon Pacific Time. You can tune in here.

If you'd like to voice your support for the kind of work we do on "A Way with Words," I invite you to tune in then and call 800-576-5727 with a pledge that will honor Richard's legacy and help ensure the show's future success.

Or you can express your support for the show any time online right here. Make sure to tell them what a big word nerd you are, and how much informed, sparkling, language-loving conversation means to you!

And if you have suggestions for the kinds of things you'd like to hear on the new show, by all means, drop me a line. I'm definitely open to ideas.

Oh, and one more thing....please wish me luck. I'll need it!


Blogger theorris said...

Well good luck to Richard in whatever he is pursuing now. I look forward to hearing the new show. Are you going to have a co-host?

11:54 AM  
Blogger mfknecg said...

Oh no! The ever so-learned pun-dit Richard is stepping down? Too bad, though I guess he has good reason to do so! And Martha, I don't think anyone has any doubt you will do just as fine (albeit a little differently) without Richard!

1:20 PM  
Anonymous blogone said...

All the best to Richard and all the best to you Martha. The show must go on.

12:29 PM  
Blogger APerchick said...

How exciting and good luck! I can't wait to hear the new format and have no doubt you and the show will succeed.

6:44 AM  
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9:54 AM  
Blogger Marian The said...

You should get that guy, I think his name was Grant, who filled in sometimes while Richard was gone earlier this year. I really liked what he brought to the show.

12:04 PM  
Blogger APerchick said...

I agree about Grant bringing something to the show. You two had great chemistry...

3:20 PM  
Blogger dottcomments said...

We'll all miss Richard and his wit. Best of luck to you in the next iteration of the show.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Grant complimented Martha and they were quite entertaining together.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous daz said...

Martha said:

"Richard and I will be talking about this more -- and reading those winning limericks! -- during our two-hour live show this Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon Pacific Time. "

Unfortunately, I missed it (both on Sun., Oct. 22, and Mon., Oct. 23). Now I'm hoping it will be made available by podcast.

Any chance of that?

11:24 AM  
Blogger PaulRyan said...

I listen to your podcast. I hope that your new co-host will have the same similar chemistry between you and Richard. Moreover, I usually utilize the words I learn from your show on your blog entries. Keep up the good work and kudos! Drop me a line on my blog:

10:47 AM  
Anonymous nanaBanana said...

Such a wonderful show!! I'm sure you'll do a great job, Martha, with or without a co-host.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Hey, thanks so much, ya'll, for all your kind comments. We're experimenting with some different formats that we'll roll out in January.

We here at AWWW are very excited about this chance to tweak the show and bring you even more enlightening and entertaining episodes.

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. We're definitely taking them into consideration, and I look forward to your future feedback!

11:47 AM  

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