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The End of an Era: Jean Cochran Delivers Her Last Morning Edition Newscast on NPR

For over 25-years, many of us who had our clock radios set to go off on the half hour woke up to Jean Cochran's voice on NPR's Morning Edition letting us know what was going on in the world.  

Back in the early 1990's, I heard that one of my colleagues was listing a house right across the street from me, I asked a few neighbors if they knew anyone they'd like to have living among us.  There were two households who'd moved to the block from the same condo in nearby Mount Pleasant, and they sugested that I call their old neighbor, Jean.  

I recognized her name and felt a little intimidated, but I sucked it up, called her, and she bought the house.  She's been a wonderful neighbor and friend evder since.  

During her many years on Morning Edition, she's gotten up at about 2:00 am Monday through Friday to get to her office by 3.  Her first newscast was at 5:30.  It was hard to really have a life, because she had to be in bed asleep by 6:00 pm.  On weekends it was hard to keep normal hours for two days, then restart the cycle on Sunday night.  We called it Eastern Jean Time.

This morning at 11:30 Eastern time, she delivered her final newscast for NPR.  She's retiring, sort of.  Whatever she does, her friends will be able to call her after 6:00 pm, and maybe we can move our book group from Friday night to Wednesday!  She'll be able to have something other than a Saturday night date - a movie on a weeknight!  What a concept!

Jean is a real journalist who did more than just read the news.  She wrote her own material and managed to time her newscasts perfectly to fit into her allotted five minutes each hour.  

And while I'll miss her voice on the radio, it will be fun to have her around during normal hours - like I keep normal hours myself!  

 

Comment balloon 17 commentsPatricia Kennedy • December 20 2013 09:08PM

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Jean Cochran sounds like a wonderful friend to have on or off the airwaves. I remember having a friend who did an early radio show. He always said something no one would understand except for us in the know. Good times.

 

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 7 years ago

Hella, my friends in the media always seem a lot more interesting than ordinary people - they are so on top of things.!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

OMG, she's your neighbor, and friend?  How cool is that.  I listen to her, too.  Well I'm glad she'll have some more normal hours now.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 7 years ago

Hi Pat - what a story and Jean sounds like a really interesting neighbor. At least you won't have to miss her seeing as she lives close by - I'm sure her many fans are going to be very sad she's retuning to a "normal" life. Enjoy book club!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Making the initiative and calling her sure worked out. Have a great Saturday

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 7 years ago

Good for her, I know what she's given up for many years. Jean will be missed on the radio - but she's lucky to begin a new, and much more "normal," lifestyle.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 7 years ago

I am sure she will find many other hobbies to fill her now free time

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 7 years ago

Well, she's starting off her "retirement" by setting up a voice-over business.  And we're getting all excited about the upcoming book group meeting in France.  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Pat...I do mark my life with certain passing's. Do you remember when different anchormen on the nightly news signed off?

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 7 years ago

Never listened to her. I am not a radio person per se. When in my car I have music on because I am on my bluetooth on my phone. I don't listen to anything in my office because I would tune it out as I am doing 2 or 3 other things at once. For her following though, I hope you will get to hear her when you want.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 7 years ago

We'll all get to that point and hope that we will be remembered too like she is now. 

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) almost 7 years ago

The end of an era always brings a bit of sadness with it.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing about your relationship with Jean. I'm sure she was a great friend over the years. I have heard her a few times.

Make it a great weekend!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 7 years ago

Lenn

That's dedication . . . . sounds like you will miss Jean.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 7 years ago
Big hugs to her, even here on the west coast her morning news were famous. We send her our love... Sleep late now Jean.
Posted by Octavio almost 7 years ago

Pat a very familiar voice to me, which I will miss.   It is about time she start living beyond 6PM :)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 7 years ago

Pat a very familiar voice to me, which I will miss.   It is about time she start living beyond 6PM :)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 7 years ago

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