A Farewell to 'Day to Day' Producer Rob Sachs Rob Sachs has been with Day to Day from the first show nearly two-and-a-half years ago, and has had some memorable on-air moments as Brian Unger's willing -- and more often than not, unwitting -- human guinea pig. Godspeed, Rob...
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A Farewell to 'Day to Day' Producer Rob Sachs

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A Farewell to 'Day to Day' Producer Rob Sachs

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MADELEINE BRAND, host:

Today we say goodbye to Rob Sachs, a producer on this program from the very beginning. In fact, it was on our first broadcast more than three years ago where Rob showed us what it means to take risks and to face potential danger, all in the name of intrepid journalism.

Unidentified Man #1: What are you feeling, Rob?

Mr. ROB SACHS (NPR Producer): It's very cold.

BRAND: That's Rob investigating an emerging trend at the time: spray-on tanning booths.

Unidentified Man #2: When spraying stops, you will have 10 seconds to turn around.

Mr. SACHS: Okay, I'm turning around.

Unidentified Man #2: Move your hand slightly in front of your body with palms facing you.

Mr. SACHS: Is it okay if I open my mouth? Okay. Oh, wait.

BRAND: Boldly and with a healthy glow, Rob took on even more challenging assignments. There was hair-straightening in Hollywood.

(Soundbite of crackling noise)

BRAND: And training in the martial art of Krav Maga.

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(Soundbite of punching)

Unidentified Man #3: Rob really seemed to be enjoying this.

Mr. SACHS: My arm...

(Soundbite of punching)

BRAND: Rob went sky-diving in a wind tunnel.

Unidentified Man #4: Good luck, Rob.

BRAND: And attempted to ride a bull named Mardi Gras.

Unidentified Man #5: Just sit on down.

Mr. SACHS: Hey.

Unidentified Man #5: You're all right. Just sit down on him. Don't jump off.

Mr. SACHS: All right, all right.

Unidentified Man #5: Yeah, he ain't going to do nothing.

Mr. SACHS: Do you ever trash talk the bull a little bit? He's ready to go, you know? He wants some. He wants some. Want some? Want some? Okay.

Unidentified Man #6: Rob, easy. Don't get - don't excite the bull.

BRAND: Rob and the bull never did get out of the chute, and that's a good thing, because by avoiding certain death Rob was able to continue producing three years of memorable stories for DAY TO DAY. Rob is leaving NPR West and sunny Los Angeles. He's heading east for new adventures on other NPR programs. Rob, we will miss you and we wish you good luck.

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MIKE PESCA, host:

DAY TO DAY is a production of NPR News with contributions from slate.com. Alex Chadwick returns next week. And Madeleine, I know I've only been here six days, but I feel like Katie Couric or Charlie Gibson. I'm choking up a little.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: That's because you don't have that multi-million dollar contract.

PESCA: That's it.

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