In 1979, Diane Rehm took over as host of WAMU’s midday program, Kaleidoscope, and in 1984, the name was changed to The Diane Rehm Show. In all the ensuing years, Diane has offered listeners thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times.
Each week, more than 2.4 million listeners across the country tune in to the program, which has grown from a small local morning call-in show on Washington’s WAMU 88.5 to one of public broadcasting’s most listened-to programs. Each hour includes dialogue with listeners who call, e-mail, tweet or post to Facebook to join Diane’s virtual community and take part in a civil exchange of ideas.
Diane’s guests include many of the nation’s top newsmakers, journalists and authors. Guests include former president Bill Clinton, General Tommy Franks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Julie Andrews and Toni Morrison. Newsweek calls the program one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. The National Journal says Diane is “the class act of the talk radio world.”
The Diane Rehm Show placed among the top 9 most powerful programs in public radio for Spring 2014 and Fall 2013. Power is defined as the ability to drive listening to a station by leveraging listening across multiple hours. It is the only live call-in talk show on this elite list.
In 2010, The Diane Rehm Show won a Shorty Award in the news category. The Shorty Awards honor the producers of the best real-time content on Twitter and are supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Also in 2010, Diane won a coveted George Foster Peabody Personal Award. The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. Personal Peabody Awards are not given annually; previous winners include Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers, Oprah Winfrey and Bob Hope, among others. The award honors Diane’s more than 35 years in public broadcasting as host of The Diane Rehm Show, calling the program the “gold standard in civic, civil discourse.”
In 2007 and 2008, the show placed among the top 10 most powerful public radio programs, based on its ability to draw listeners to public radio. It is the only live call-in talk show on the list.
The Diane Rehm Show is produced at WAMU 88.5 and distributed by NPR, NPR Worldwide, SIRIUS XM satellite radio and the Armed Forces Network. Here is a list of public radio stations that broadcast the show.
The show theme song, “Toot Suite,” was written by French pianist and composer Claude Bolling and features trumpeter Maurice André. Compact discs and transcriptions of the music are available on Amazon.com.