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NPR's 'Car Talk' To Fade Away

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On: Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Salamone


NPR's 'Car Talk' To Fade Away

NPR’s communications department just unleashed a media blitz with an announcement which car enthusiasts have long dreaded, the day when public radio would have two fewer comedian mechanics. For the past 35 years Tom and Ray Magliozzi have recorded Car Talk at WBUR in Boston. But, as of this fall, listeners will have rely on re-produced reruns from Car Talk archives which stretch back through 25 years – while the show operated through NPR.

All is not lost, however. The brothers Magliozzi will continue to write their bi-weekly column called Dear Tom and Ray, remain active on the web and Facebook, and plan to contribute occasional updates to NPR’s October season of Car Talk.

NPR’s communications department just unleashed a media blitz with an announcement which car enthusiasts have long dreaded, the day when public radio would have two fewer comedian mechanics. For the past 35 years Tom and Ray Magliozzi have recorded Car Talk at WBUR in Boston. But, as of this fall, listeners will have rely on re-produced reruns from Car Talk archives which stretch back through 25 years – while the show operated through NPR.

All is not lost, however. The brothers Magliozzi will continue to write their bi-weekly column called Dear Tom and Ray, remain active on the web and Facebook, and plan to contribute occasional updates to NPR’s October season of Car Talk.

On the show’s blog, Ray consoled Car Talk’s avid followers in an aptly-named post Time to Get Even Lazier: “But to our fans, don’t be sad. We’ve managed to avoid getting thrown off NPR for 25 years, given out tens of thousands of wrong answers, generated lawsuit threats from innumerable car companies, and had a hell of a lot of fun talking to you guys.”

And, of course, Tom had a quick rejoinder: “And when we listen to the stuff that’s in our archives, it still makes us laugh. A lot. We’re hoping to be like “I Love Lucy” and air ten times a day on “NPR at Nite” in 2075.”

Oh, aye. Car Talk will be sorely missed. Fortunately we’ll have episodes from the last 25 years – over 1,200 shows – to keep us company on Saturday mornings. Car Talk’s production team intends to “produce new shows built from the best of its…material.”

Getting sentimental, the best part about Car Talk was the brothers’ ability to offer brutally honest advice in a hilarious way – as if life was already funny in its current package. Few people could tune into Car Talk without cracking a smile, nodding their head, or resist suggesting the show to friends.

Whether the topic was rodent infestations or duct tape reparations, Tom and Ray Magliozzi captivated NPR listeners across the globe. And just like all good things, we knew that Car Talk would eventually come to an end.

To stay current, check out the show’s website for column updates, Weekly Puzzlers, or to listen in. Here's a famous rerun from days of old.




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