June 12, 2024

Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s “All Songs Thought of” and creator of its “Tiny Desk Concert events,” introduced he’s leaving NPR after 35 years with the group. 

Boilen made the announcement this week on X, the social media platform previously often called Twitter. 

“After 35 years, I’m leaving NPR. I’ve had the joys of making Tiny Desk Concert events, All Songs Thought of, directing All Issues Thought of for 18 years and a lot extra,” Boilen tweeted. “I like the folks I’ve labored with, however it is time to discover new challenges. thanks for listening/watching.”

In line with Boilen’s NPR biography, he began in 1988 to briefly work on “All Issues Thought of.” Inside a yr, he began directing the present. However in 2000, he helped NPR lean into extra than simply speak. The present “All Songs Thought of” options new music, from pop to different genres. He additionally regularly releases playlists to go together with the season and what he is listening to.

“It was apparent to me that listeners of NPR had been additionally lovers of music, however what additionally turned apparent by 1999 was that the net was going to be the place to find new music and that we needed to be the premiere web site for music discovery,” Boilen stated on NPR’s web site. 

NPR has grown its presence in music by filming frequent “Tiny Desk Concert events,” which has welcomed among the largest names in music. 

“Wow! That is lots of people in a tiny workplace,” Taylor Swift stated when performing for tons of of individuals crammed into the workplace. 

“Tiny Desk is certainly one of my favourite corners of the web,” Swift added. “I at all times love seeing — prefer it is a chance for artists to determine a special option to showcase their music.” 

Boilen has missed the previous couple of episodes of “All Songs Thought of.” He final appeared on the present on Aug. 1. 

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