You have probably heard radio’s hilarious car advice givers, Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, are calling it quits. I find it sad these guys are hanging up the wrenches.
After 35 years on the air, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who host NPR’s Car Talk every week, told their listeners that as of this fall, they’ll no longer record new programs. They have recorded 1,200 shows for NPR.
The radio series will continue by recycling old calls and bits into new programs. One NPR exec lauded them as saying their work is a combination of Mark Twain, the Marx Brothers and Mr. Goodwrench.
“My brother has always been ‘work-averse,'” says Ray, 63, in a statement about the retirement. “Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!”
“It’s brutal!” adds Tom, 74.
“My brother has always said, ‘Don’t be afraid of work. Make work afraid of you.’ And he’s done it. Work has successfully avoided him all his life,” says Ray.
From NPR’s release:
Car Talk has been taped at WBUR in Boston for 35 years, and the show has been a staple on NPR Member stations for the last 25 years. With older brother Tom turning 75 this year, the guys decided it was time to “stop and smell the cappuccino.”
“We’ve managed to avoid getting thrown off NPR for 25 years, given tens of thousands of wrong answers and had a hell of a time every week talking to callers,” says Ray. “The stuff in our archives still makes us laugh. So we figured, why keep slaving over a hot microphone?”
NPR’s president says they won’t be missed, because their recorded voices are still going to be around:
“Tom and Ray have become icons to millions of fans, including me, over the last 25 years,” says NPR President & CEO Gary Knell. “I’m thrilled that they will continue to entertain and engage today’s fans and future fans for many years to come.”