Bob Oakes, voice of WBUR’s ‘Morning Edition,’ will step away as host of show

The veteran journalist will stay on with the public radio station as a senior correspondent.

Bob Oakes in 2014. Liz Linder Photography

Bob Oakes, whose voice greets listeners each weekday morning on WBUR’s Morning Edition, is stepping away from hosting the show and taking on a new role as a senior correspondent, according to the public radio station

Oakes, 65, has hosted the program for 25 years, and the move comes as he looks towards his retirement from the station where he has worked since the early 1990s. 

“Ever since I turned 60, a few years ago, I’ve been thinking about how I should close out my career,” Oakes told WBUR. “And, for a long time, I’ve thought what I’d really like to do is go out as a reporter because that’s how I came in.”

Listeners responded to the news of Oakes leaving the show on social media. 

“It won’t be Boston without Bob Oakes,” wrote one. 

“Not sure I can function without Bob Oakes telling me what day it is, but wish him all the best,” wrote another,  “A well-deserved retirement!”


“His is the voice of my childhood mornings driving (or being driven…) to school,” another person wrote

“Mornings won’t be the same without you,” a listener wrote

According to the station, Oakes will remain in the host’s seat for “Morning Edition” for several months as a search is undertaken to find his replacement. He will then take on the role of senior correspondent for WBUR. 

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