Heidi Tauber Esping, 52, an Oregon Public Broadcasting announcer, died in a head-on collision on Wednesday (March 23) night on Interstate 405, according to the Oregonian. Lynne Clendenin, OPB’s v.p. of radio programming, told the paper she hired Esping in 2009 because of her warm tone and news savvy. “The two combined made for a very nice OPB announcer, and I thought she was wonderful on the air,” Clendenin said. “She was welcoming always in her manner. You could hear her smiling.” Esping worked in local radio for several decades, including stints at KPAM, KINK, KEX and KPOJ.