“Despite the fact that many members of the audience undoubtedly hear her voice everyday on their car radio or iPod, the E.J. Thomas crowd paid careful attention to Diane Rehm’s every word Wednesday evening. Diane Rehm hosts the popular public radio talk show The Diane Rehm Show that can be heard on NPR – the northeast Ohio affiliate 90.””
Despite the fact that many members of the audience undoubtedly hear her voice everyday on their car radio or iPod, the E.J. Thomas crowd paid careful attention to Diane Rehm’s every word Wednesday evening.
Diane Rehm hosts the popular public radio talk show The Diane Rehm Show that can be heard on NPR – the northeast Ohio affiliate 90.3 – and Sirius satellite.
The wide variety of topics and guests on her show keep her audience informed about the latest national and international events. The topics from this week range from the drug cartels in Mexico to the priest scandals in the Catholic Church.
Rehm has interviewed many political and cultural figures during her 36 years on radio, but her career nearly came to a halt because of a mysterious speech problem.
In 1998, Rehm was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological condition that causes strained, difficult speech. After finding treatment, she wrote several articles and produced a program about the little-known disorder.
Despite the difficulties of her illness, she returned to host her show and brought attention to her condition.
Rehm is a native Washingtonian and started her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer at WAMU. She later hosted and produced two health-oriented programs, and in 1979 was selected to host WAMU’s local morning talk show; renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984.
For 25 years, Rehm has offered her listeners compelling conversations with the world’s most interesting and important people. During each hour, she invites listeners to join the conversation by opening the phones to their questions and comments on the topic at hand.
Since 1995, NPR has distributed the award-winning program to stations across the nation. NPR Worldwide has offered the program to listeners in Europe and Japan since 1996 via direct broadcast satellite.
It’s also heard on U.S. military installations around the world via Armed Forces Radio.
Rehm has also forged a successful career as a writer, publishing two autobiographical books. In Finding My Voice, she talks about her childhood, marriage, broadcast career and vocal difficulties.
She and her husband John Rehm co-authored Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage, a book focusing on the art of building and maintaining a strong relationship.
“” #1.1359883:657334122.jpeg:gooddianephoto.jpeg:Diane Rehm spoke at E.J. Thomas Hall concerning her 36 years as a radio journalist, March 24,2010.:Courtesy The Diane Rehm Show”