Morning Edition is celebrating its 35th anniversary this week.
Over the years, many stories, voices and sounds have come and gone on the show. But there has remained one constant — our theme music.
The Morning Edition theme was written by BJ Leiderman in 1979. At the time, he was a struggling college student who wrote jingles on the side. He gave a demo tape of his music to a friend who worked at NPR.
On that tape was one little musical phrase that eventually became the Morning Edition theme music.