WUNC Makes History With BBC At American Tobacco

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Robin Lustig
BBC Commentator Robin Lustig came all the way from England to broadcast live from WUNC’s studios in downtown Durham.
BBC Crew
The BBC crew put together the World Service Newshour program in the WUNC studios.

On Monday, January 30, 2006, the BBC World Service Newshour broadcast live from North Carolina Public Radio’s WUNC satellite studio at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. The 7am and 9am broadcasts made history: they were the first-ever broadcasts Newshour has ever originated from a non-BBC studio.

Commentator Robin Lustig entertained the few hundred people who showed up to “watch” radio, peering through the glass window in Bay 7 that overlooks the WUNC studio. Lustig waved to the crowd and teased that watching radio was like “watching paint dry.”

Lustig and the other four members of the BBC crew put together two programs that morning. Former N.C. Senator and ’04 Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards came to the studio for an on-air interview. He spoke about rural poverty and issues pertinent to his new job running the Center for Work, Poverty & Opportunity at UNC.

Want to Listen?
If you missed the January 30th BBC Broadcast from Durham, click here for details and audio.

Thanks to WUNC’s Keith Weston for these capcom photos.

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