June 9, 2012

Car Talk's farewell to its listeners

RAY:  Hey, you guys.  My brother has always said, “Don’t be afraid of work.”

TOM:  Right.  Make work afraid of YOU!

RAY:  And he’s done such a good job at it, that work has avoided him all his life.

TOM:  And with Car Talk celebrating its 25th anniversary on NPR this fall (35th year overall, including our local years at WBUR)…

RAY:  …and my brother turning over the birthday odometer to 75, we’ve decided that it’s time to stop and smell the cappuccino.

TOM:  So as of October, we’re not going to be recording any more new shows.   That’s right, we’re retiring.

RAY:  So, we can finally answer the question, if my brother retired, how would he know?

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!

RAY:  But to our fans, don’t be sad. We’ve managed to avoid getting thrown off NPR for 25 years, given out tens of thousands of wrong answers, generated lawsuit threats from innumerable car companies, and had a hell of a lot of fun talking to you guys.

TOM:  And when we listen to the stuff that’s in our archives, it still makes us laugh.  A lot.  We’re hoping to be like “I Love Lucy” and air ten times a day on “NPR at Nite” in 2075.

RAY:  Will we change our minds and come back and do some more shows? I would say it’s unlikely, but anything’s possible. Right, Tommy?

TOM:  Absolutely not. My brother can go chase himself. I’m done.

RAY:  But, we’ll still be contributing to our web site regularly, writing our weekly “Dear Tom and Ray” column…

TOM:  …and clanging pots in the office to make sure our staff is awake at least two hours a day.

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.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have just wasted a perfectly good two minutes reading about the end (sort of) of Car Talk.

Anonymous said...

I'll miss Car Talk, if there was any wasted time associated with this item is was that expended investigating the above comment.

Anonymous said...

That was a joke, Anonymous June 10, 2012 12:30 PM. I like Car Talk too.

Car Talk always ends its program with "You have just wasted another perfectly good hour listening to Car Talk"