An image of NASA''s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope shows a halo of hot gas surrounding spiral galaxy NGC 4631 that is similar to the Milky Way galaxy, June 19, 2001.

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New Host Takes Over StarDate

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 17, 2019 - 1:45 pm

There's a new voice hosting the long-running StarDate feature.

Sandy Wood, who provided listeners with daily updates about the cosmos for 28 years has retired. Billy Henry debuted on Wednesday as the new host. 

"Hopefully in the future there will be a little room to insert some humor and get more of my voice in there," Henry said to KCBS Radio. "But at this point I'm just going I hope I can just sustain what Sandy did."

The two-minute segment nationally attracts more than two million listeners and is the longest-running science program on American radio. 

Henry said he's always been an appreciator of astronomy, but is by no means an expert. 

The program began its national airtime in 1978 with host Joel Block, who remained on the show for 12 years.

KCBS Radio broadcasts StarDate every weekday at 9:52 a.m.