Listen to the opening segment from November 5th, 1979:
Forty years ago today, NPR aired the very first episode of a morning news program that would bring a new style of storytelling to the early-drive-time airwaves. The new show planned to replicate the success of NPR's afternoon drive-time program All Things Considered, which debuted in 1971.
But what should they call it? Morning Gas? Starting Line? Or maybe Wake Up to the World?
See the internal NPR survey seeking name suggestions before they settled on Morning Edition: