The Smooth Sound of Morning News

What do Bach and smooth jazz have in common? Both score the unmistakable theme song for NPR’s flagship show Morning Edition, listened to by millions across the country every day since 1979. This is undeniably pop music, a daily soundtrack to the lives of many. So why does it sound the way it does? And why, after forty years, why does NPR want to change it?


BJ Leiderman – Morning Edition
Chuck Mangione – Feels So Good
Herbie Hancock – Chameleon
George Benson – Breezin’
Kenny G – Songbird
Don Voegeli/Wycliffe Gordon – All Things Considered
Take 6 – All Things Considered
Phish – All Things Reconsidered