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Friday, June 8, 2012

Car Talk’s Doug Berman: Click And Clack ‘Changed The Way People See Public Radio’

Brothers Tom Magliozzi, left, and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, pose together in Cambridge, Mass. (AP)

Brothers Tom Magliozzi, left, and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, pose together in Cambridge, Mass. (AP)

In a posting to listeners on their website Friday, Click and Clack announced that they will stop recording new episodes of their beloved public radio show, “Car Talk” this fall, after 35 years on air.

They’ve been on NPR for 25 years, and they started at our mother ship station WBUR.

During that time they became NPR’s most popular program, and they became authorities on everything from failed carburetors to troubled marriages.

It’s time to “stop and smell the cappuccino,” Tom and Ray Magliozzi wrote of the decision.

TOM: The good news is that, despite our general incompetence, we actually remembered to hit the “record” button every week for the last 25 years. So we have more than 1,200 programs we’re going to dig into starting this fall, and the series will continue.

RAY: Every week, starting in October, NPR will broadcast a newly assembled Car Talk show, selected from the best material in our archives.

TOM: Sorry, detractors, we’re still going to be on the air!

Doug Berman, executive producer of “Car Talk,” told Here & Now‘s Robin Young that not only do Tom and Ray bring a lot of fun and laughter wherever they show up, but they’ve also altered public radio.

“I’m not really sad because they’ve actually changed the way people see public radio,” he said. “Twenty-five years ago it was quite a serious little operation, but until they came on it wasn’t accessible and warm and fun and I think they’ve changed the impression of public radio and I’m grateful for that.”

On Friday, Twitter came alive with bereft fans:

  • “We bailed out GM, we can surely bail out Car Talk” was the Tweet from Reuters columnist Anthony DeRosa
  • “How will single mother Erasmus B. Dragon support her kids now?” AbbottRabbit Tweeted

The brothers say they will continue to contribute to their web site regularly, writing their weekly “Dear Tom and Ray” column.

RAY: 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.


  • Doug Berman, executive producer of “Car Talk”

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  • Lesley

    I agree with Nathan’s tweet: NOOOOOOOOOO!!! 

    • http://profiles.google.com/rickevans033050 Rick Evans


  • JJF

    I guess it’s true – all good things must come to an end.  Of course, that doesn’t apply here… ;-)

  • Sue

    Oh, who will make me smile while I work out at the gym?  Who will make me think of my dad?  Thanks guys!

  • siggybg

    For a single woman and her old Volvo — or even a new car — finding a mechanic to trust is just as important as finding a gynecologist!  Really sad, sad to lose that.  Thanks, you guys!

    • Erikkko

      For a single woman and her old vulva, finding a gynecologist to trust is just as important as finding a mechanic.

  • Sharon

    Tom & Ray-fan since 1978-lawyer & multiple PEUGEOT owner-will miss you greatly! Are  you going to bring back Melissa Peterson before you retire? Will miss you & your laughter & levity, even if I didn’t change from Peugeots until they were no longer available.  (And I even have a (small) clue about car problems, thanks to you!) Best wishes on your retirement, but boy, do I wish it weren’t so!

  • BHA in Vermont

    ACK! Well there goes Sat morning!

  • Carol Robinson

    I have really enjoyed listening to Car Talk, and I wish Tom and Ray a very happy retirement.

  • Elizabeth

    We love you! Have fun!

  • http://twitter.com/Tejanarusa Tejanarusa

    I’ve already tweeted it, nothing else expresses it: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    My heart is heavy.

  • Bob

    Robin, my reaction upon hearing this news was the same as yours: I got choked up…and I’m a big tough mechanical kinda guy. I wish Tom and Ray the very best.

  • tom iacono

    I can say that Tom and Ray saved me a lot of money over the years. And that has nothing to do with car repairs. I’m talking about counseling/mental health fees. During the last 35 years, during some pretty rough times, listening to Tom and Ray ALWAYS made things better. What a great run. I love you guys!

  • Guest

    I could never stand the phony laughs.

  • Estew1

    A roof over my head, running water, and car talk….the essentials of life. Go ahead, rip my heart out……life will never be the same. I am 66 yrs old so I will not have to endure this heartache for too many years.In the meantime, may you enjoy every minute and happy laughing. 

  • Noyaa03

    I wish you both the best of luck. All I can say is thanks. You will be truly missed each week. If only I had a $26 dollar bill to write this message on :-)

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