The Enduring Appeal of NPR’s Wade Goodwyn

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Alighting on Broadway early next year will be Come From Away, a musical about the surreal experience of some 6,000 passengers from 38 planes being re-routed to Gander, Newfoundland after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The show was also the subject of NPR Dallas correspondent Wade Goodwyn’s most recent report.

Per a recent profile on, Goodwyn, 56, who is heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, started getting inspired by public radio as a student in New York, when he would listen to WNYC while commuting. After graduation, he gave the big city a long, solid shot before heading back to his home state:

Living on a freelancer’s salary in New York was an impossible dream, so Goodwyn returned to Texas. In those early days, Goodwyn confesses, his voice was rushed and his reporting pace slow. He spoke quickly to pack more details into each piece, which might have taken him three or four weeks to complete.

But he found that as he slowed down, and as he aged, his voice deepened. Some of his fans on Twitter have taken turns trying to describe it. “Texas timbre” is what one person called it. “Nonplussed drawl” wrote another. Still another opined: “His voice is like warm butter melting over barbecue’d sweet corn.”

Goodwyn works out of the Dallas home he shares with his wife and two teen daughters. The Current piece revisits the 1993 assignment that vaulted Godwyn from freelancer to a full-time staff position and ends with some interesting production perspective about the journalist’s 2012 visit to Falcon Lake, the country’s top bass-fishing location along the Texas-Mexico border but also an area overrun by one of the neighboring country’s drug cartels.

H/T: Minnesota Public Radio; image via: Twitter

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.