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Mr. Boilen, a co-creator of the Tiny Desk concert series and other programs, is retiring in October.

Bob Boilen, who became one of the premier tastemakers in American music when he helped create and host “All Songs Considered” and the Tiny Desk concert series, said he would be retiring from NPR after 35 years.

“It’s time to find new challenges in life, and I’m excited about some of the possibilities,” Mr. Boilen, 70, who also directed “All Things Considered,” said in a note that was distributed to NPR’s staff and was obtained by The New York Times on Friday. “I leave at a time when new creative folks will hopefully envision exciting new futures for NPR Music.”

In a separate note on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Mr. Boilen said that it had been a “thrill” to work on the programs.

His last day will be Oct. 2.

Mr. Boilen propelled

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