Bidding adieu to a N.C. institution and a friend

A North Carolina institution kicks off its 23rd and, sadly, final season Nov. 7 when The Saunders Report’s own Saunders sits down with D.G. Martin, the estimable host of N.C. Bookwatch.

The PBS show will air at 10:30 a.m. on WUNC-TV and at 3:30 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Martin, in addition to hosting Bookwatch since 1999, is an author, syndicated columnist, educator and politician who can speak knowingly on just about everything.

Saunders, in an interview with himself while drinking a peanut butter, blueberry and spinach smoothie, said he was honored to be the first guest to begin the show’s final season.

“It’s bittersweet, that’s for sure,” he said, before clarifying that he was not talking about the smoothie. “It’s a joy to sit and chat with D.G., but that joy is tempered by the fact that this will be the show's final season.