From KERA News:
Editor’s note: Wade Goodwyn, NPR’s longtime national correspondent based in Dallas, died Thursday of cancer at age 63. His friend and former coworker, Rick Holter — also KERA’s longtime vice president of news — has this appreciation.
It all started with that voice – a mellifluous bass smoked in barbecue sauce and finished in honey. It’s a voice that defined Texas for NPR listeners across the country and the globe.
Initially, I got to know that voice the way most of America did — listening to his one-of-a-kind tales on NPR. Wade was the network’s national correspondent based in Dallas, a storyteller like no other.
Then I went to work for the network, and I got to know him — first as an editor, and then when I moved back to Dallas, as a friend.
We barbecued together, traveled together, got our dogs together for legendary romps in his backyard. We spent countless hours knocking golf balls around the public courses in Dallas — Tenison Park near his house, Stevens Park near mine.
After he got sick, we took a bucket-list trip with our wives to Maui, where we played his dream course at Kapalua. (We played badly, but we did play it.)
See, Wade loved golf almost as much as he loved Duke basketball and UT football. There was something about the pace of it — four hours away from everything, usually broiling in the Texas sun — that clarified things for him, for both of us.
With our frequent compadres Richard and John, we vowed to not be “those guys,” the ones who get frustrated and toss around their clubs and their curse words. We (mostly) succeeded.