“And I’m Robert Seagull.” Since 1987, these words have rung through afternoon traffic jams across America. But today, NPR announced that the mellifluous voice of Robert Siegel will be leaving All Things Considered in 2018, when the longtime co-host will step down from public radio’s flagship news program. Siegel, who turns 70 this year, started his career as a radio journalist in 1968 at WKCR-FM, the college station of Columbia University, and has been with NPR since 1976. Prior to becoming one of the hosts of All Things Considered, Siegel was the chief of NPR’s newsroom, making him the rare news anchor to come from an editorial background.
The announcement does not make it clear whether Siegel will be retiring from radio altogether, and quotes the host as saying, “I feel that it is time for me to begin a new phase of life. Over the next few months, I hope to figure out what that will be.” Hopefully, this phase includes a no-brainer Bojack Horseman voice cameo.