Edgar B. Herwick III
Edgar's radio features can be heard on WGBH's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and he can also be heard regularly with Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio. His television features can be seen regularly on Greater Boston. Each Friday, he takes 89.7 listeners back in time with his feature, "This Week in Massachusetts History."
His radio debut came in second grade when he voiced a public service announcement urging drivers to watch out for "him and his friends" walking to and from school. Given the signal strength of WMBT radio in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and the population density of his native Schuylkill County, it's possible — though not particularly likely — that someone other than his parents heard it.
After stints as a bartender, photographer and actor — and a 5-year run at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — he joined the WGBH Radio family in 2007. Over the years at WGBH, Edgar has been something of a utility player — hosting live segments, producing features, specials and live music broadcasts; creating web features; and emceeing live events like the Boston Summer Arts Weekend.
He holds degrees in history and communications from Villanova University in Philadelphia and once lost big on an episode of the TV game show "Jeopardy!" Edgar prefers tea over coffee, late nights over early mornings and the Beatles over the Stones (though he's never understood why the Kinks aren't ever included in that conversation). When not at work, he can most likely be found playing, listening to, reading about or dancing to music.
Topsfield Fair At 200: From Indian Corn To Silk Worms To Giant PumpkinsWe mark the 200th anniversary of the Topsfield Fair with a look at the curious world behind one of the event's biggest draws.
Community Comes Together A Day After The Columbia Gas ExplosionOn the lawn outside the center, a local food truck is churning out free pizza as volunteers head inside carrying crates of bottled water and toilet paper. A collection of center staff, city officials, local police, Red Cross volunteers, and residents displaced from their homes are chatting away.
The Words That Defined Summer 2018Merriam Webster editor Peter Sokolowski breaks down the words that saw the most traffic this summer.
Why Does A 75-Degree House Feel Cold In The Summer And Hot In The Winter?A listener asks whether 75 degrees can feel different on different days, or if it's all in her head.
You've Probably Said 'Muggy' A Lot This August. Ever Wonder Where That Word Comes From?As it turns out, that staple term during the dog days of summer comes to us from an unlikely source — the Vikings.
Who Wrote It: John Lennon Or Paul McCartney? Does Modern Statistical Analysis Have The Answer?It's a debate Beatles fans have had for decades about any number of songs in the Fab Four’s catalog. One Harvard scientist was curious if modern statistics could provide the answer.