Exit, Carl Kasell

Carl Kassell and Peter Sagal tickle the ivories in the early days.  NPR

There is no more beloved person in public radio — or any kind of radio, for that matter — than Carl Kasell.

Carl retired as an NPR newsreader a few years ago, and last night he taped his final episode of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Of his many accomplishments, proving that a serious news person can have a personality may be the most important, especially for public radio types, many of whom have a life-long love affair with their own earnestness.


It’s hard to see how the radio industry is any better off today.

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