NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ hosts to retire, show will live on in repeats

By Daniel S Levine,

Click and Clack will no longer be providing Saturday morning drivers with hilarious car stories. The hosts of NPR’s Car Talk have announced that they are retiring. NPR will broadcast some of their best shows in its place.

NPR announced their retirement early Friday, adding that Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the real Click and Clack, told their listeners this afternoon about their decision. "My brother has always been 'work-averse’...Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!” Ray, 63, said in the statement. Tom, 74, added, “It's brutal!”

In a post on their blog, titled “Time to Get Even Lazier,” the brothers told their listeners that they will end the show in October, ending their 25-year run on national radio.

“So as of October, we’re not going to be recording any more new shows,” Tom said. “That’s right, we’re retiring.” Ray adds, “So, we can finally answer the question, if my brother retired, how would he know?”

Car Talk started 35 years ago at Boston’s local WBUR station, before going nationwide. They have recorded over 1,200 shows, in which people call in with their troubled car stories and receive (sometimes) helpful advice from the brothers. Since Tom turns 75 later this year, they decided to take the time to “stop and smell the cappuccino.”

NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher told Businessweek that the show averages 3.3 million listeners every Saturday morning. NPR will continue to distribute the show, rebroadcasting favorite segments put together by the production team. The brothers will often record updates to add to the shows.

The brothers also announced that they will still contribute to their weekly “Dear Tom and Ray” column online.

“In the meantime, thank you for giving us far more of your time than we ever deserved. We love you. And know that starting this fall, for the first time, we’ll be able to sit at home, laughing at Car Talk along with you guys on Saturday mornings,” Ray wrote to their fans.



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