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After 30 years, the time has come. Robert Siegel will leave the post of host of All Things Considered.
And so many listeners have said how much they will miss him.
They come from all walks of life, working as truck drivers, speech therapists and Lyft drivers. There are many things you will miss about Robert, but one thing more than nothing.
"This will sound funny, it has a reassuring voice for me, like it's not relaxing where it will make you sleep, but it's really quiet," says 35-year-old Harriet, La.
And Evans is not the only one. Many others recognize Robert's soft and direct voice, saying that they have a sense of peace and calm; that "everything is fine in the world" when they hear it.
"There was always something positive about turning on the radio, you know it at 3 or 4 P. And having it as the first voice I hear right after the news "says Helmar Menz, of Portland, Oregon.
For Menz, 39, Robert is much more than a voice that hears on the radio.
"It's a kind of father figure," says Menz. "I do not know him as a person, but only the range of introspection that allows him to hear his voice, I think he was a kind of father figure on the radio, honestly, in the last 20 years, and that is probably part of why I will feel especially affected by his departure ".
Again and again, listeners said that it was not just Robert's voice, but his presence that meant a lot to people, like Kelly Purdue, 54, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been listening for more than 25 years.
"Being a palliative care social worker, I have difficult days that are sad and difficult, but, while driving in my car, doing my daily tasks of visiting patients and families who are dying, Robert was my partner." Purdue says. "It made my day better."
It's not just the adults who will miss Robert. Generations of NPR listeners from the back seat grew up listening to him. Two of them are brother and sister Zaden and Kaia Eby-Holmes of Fishers, Ind.
"When my mother led us to places, she did not like listening to music, she only had NPR on, and she would listen to the name & # 39; Robert Siegel & # 39; "says Zaden, 16 years old. "I think the last name was great, you know, because we thought it was a bird." Then, since then, it has intrigued me … We hear, "Hi, I'm Robert Seagull, and you're listening to NPR. take us somewhere, take us away. "
Kaia, 15, says he wants Robert to remain in the air for many more years.
"I was really sad that nobody, not even my children will be able to listen to him in a lot of years, feel the joy of his voice, his name and laugh at his name and everything," she says.
It is not difficult to see that people trapped in cars appreciate Robert.
Greg Gungor Atmaca is a Turkish driver from Lyft. He says he has listened to Robert for more than 15 years.
This summer he picked up Robert when he was visiting Boston. Atmaca did not recognize Robert's face at first, but once he heard his voice, he knew exactly who his passenger was.
"It was great, he asked me questions and we exchanged opinions," said Atmaca. "It was perfect, and I enjoy it very much, and I will never forget it for the rest of my life."
But Robert's voice has not only been a constant presence in automobiles. Classes full of students have also learned from Robert. Elizabeth Voegeli, 32, started listening to him when he was in college. Now, as a high school teacher at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, Va., She listens with her students.
"Every time I listen to an interesting interview that Robert directs, I will always share those interviews with my students." Voegeli says. "We will take a few minutes at the beginning of the class and we will tune them."
She says that many of her students want to become journalists, so she tries to include them in some of Robert's interviewing techniques.
"It seems that it always reassures people, regardless of [of] whoever is interviewing, and I call that to your attention," he says. . "Despite whoever you are interviewing … you must maintain a calm attitude and you must have a worldly perspective and I think he does that."
Of all the listeners who expressed how much they are going to make Robert miss, one in particular really summed up how they all feel in NPR.
John B. Cooper, 74, of Arvada, Colorado, has listened to Robert since he was "Bob Siegel" 40 years ago.
He says: "When that microphone goes off, I hope it goes to a great adventure and a wonderful life, because it has enriched my life, and I've been so proud to be a listener all these years."