National Public Radio will not sound the same.
Even now for many listeners, even with the radio off, we can hear his voice in our head. That proves the lasting power of a great announcer, and also the continuing magic of radio.
Carl Kasell, sober-voiced radio newsman-turned-comic foil, will retire from his role as official judge and scorekeeper of the hit NPR comedy-quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” Kasell and NPR announced Tuesday.
Kasell, a former NPR “Morning Edition” newsreader who turns 80 in April, told The Two-Way, NPR’s in-house blog, that the Chicago-based show made him “the luckiest man around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so many years.”
Kasell will continue to make occasional appearances as the show’s Scorekeeper Emeritus. He was not doing further interviews, an NPR spokesman said.
The retirement as regular weekly show personality will come “this spring” after proper farewell shows, in Chicago or Kasell’s home of Washington, D.C., or both, said show host Peter Sagal.