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NPR’s Go-To Theme Guy Goes Solo

BJ Leiderman
Paul Howey
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BJ Leiderman has made a career of creating the well-known jingles for NPR shows like Morning Edition. But Leiderman has also lived a double life and spent his nights jamming in rock ‘n’ roll bands, often writing original songs.

Now Leiderman has gathered those songs and more in his first ever solo album “BJ”. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Leiderman about his musical influences, and how his jingles are part of the cultural fabric. ​

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.