As he leaves Morning Edition, where he has been host since the show's debut in 1979, NPR recognizes Bob Edwards' 30 years on the public airwaves. After nearly 25 years of waking up at 1 a.m., Edwards assumes new duties as senior correspondent for NPR News.

On these pages, we present some of Bob's most memorable interviews and stories, including those with musical artists, and highlights of his 12 years of Friday morning chats with legendary sportscaster Red Barber. There's also a photo album of Edwards and some of his guests.

Among the many tributes to Edwards by NPR colleagues and commentators was this one from NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg: "Although I will miss him as the first voice I hear in the morning..., it will be a treat to encounter him in real life, in our halls, at all hours of the afternoon in his new job as a correspondent."