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Morning radio theme music we've listened to for decades has been changed

Prepare for a minor shock next time you listen to public radio.

It happened to me this morning as I was listening to KQED (I have no problem admitting I flip around the Bay Area dial, even sometimes to the smart-people station!).

NPR's morning news program, 'Morning Edition,' has started with the same music literally as long as I can remember.

It sounded like this:

Well, this morning as David Green started speaking at the top of the hour... THE MUSIC HAD CHANGED!

I thought someone had messed up at first, but alas... the change had been made on purpose.

According to the New York Times:

For the first time since it began broadcasting in 1979, the program replaced its signature song with a propulsive and layered new theme that features real and electronic instruments while still paying homage to the buoyant melody its nearly 14 million weekly listeners had come to know and love.

The new theme sounds like this:

While it harkens back to the original, it's definitely different and is going to take a while to get used to!


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