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(NPR) 'Car Talk' to End After 35 Years
ABC News ^ | June 9, 2012 | Erin McLaughlin

Posted on 06/10/2012 5:38:26 AM PDT by Zakeet

It's the end of the road for "Car Talk." After 35 years on the air, Click and Clack have run out of gas, and will stop taping new shows this fall.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi have hosted NPR's most popular show for decades, but the brothers say it's "time to stop and smell the cappuccino."

The mechanic brothers started their auto advice show in Boston in 1977, and have been dishing out car tips and jokes every Saturday morning on NPR since 1987.

"We've managed to avoid getting thrown off NPR for 25 years, giving tens of thousands of wrong answers and had a hell of a time every week talking to callers," Ray said.

The Magliozzis created a niche for themselves on the radio that didn't exist before -- combining call-in comedy and cars -- and showed that public talk radio didn't have to be stuffy. It proved to be a working formula, and "Car Talk" is now on 660 stations across the country, with some 3.3 million listeners a week.

Ray, 63, and Tom, 74, answer questions from listeners about cars, and so much more, with their signature humor and Boston accents, cementing their status as unlikely comic icons.

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A goodbye message on their website, titled "Time to Get Even Lazier," says despite a personal mantra of "Don't be afraid of work, make work afraid of you," they've decided they can't commit to the show any longer.

"My brother has always been 'work-averse,'" Ray said. "Now, apparently even the one hour a week is killing him."

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... about the only thing on NPR good enough to make it without a government subsidy ...

1 posted on 06/10/2012 5:38:37 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Dang. Guess I’ll have to find some chores to do on Saturday morning, or not!


2 posted on 06/10/2012 5:47:33 AM PDT by pingman ("Human history seems logical in afterthought, but a mystery in forethought." (Strauss & Howe))
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To: Zakeet

I used to listen to them some a few years ago.

Sam’s Garage is something I get more out of. Now WVOC only runs one hour. It used to be 2 or 3 but there always seems to be a new real estate or elder care local program. I’m not saying those aren’t important but there seems to be a new one on a regular basis.


3 posted on 06/10/2012 5:48:04 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Zakeet
My wife cannot stand these guys.

She doesn't like the Three Stooges or Marx Brothers either.

I never miss the show. Must be a guy thing.

4 posted on 06/10/2012 5:48:21 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Zakeet
the only thing on NPR good enough to make it without a government subsidy

And yet they never tried.

After all, why should they?

5 posted on 06/10/2012 5:48:45 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: billorites

I thought NPR people believe that all citizens, not just New Yorkers, shouldn’t have cars and must rely on public transportation instead.

Did these guys talk mainly about Volvos & Prius’s?


6 posted on 06/10/2012 5:51:19 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!")
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To: elcid1970

No. They would also talk about VW’s and Saab’s..

They where funny, but mainly wrong as they seem to admit ;)


7 posted on 06/10/2012 5:59:16 AM PDT by cableguymn (If your policies are pushing the economy in to headwinds.. TURN YOUR POLICY AROUND!)
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To: Zakeet
"It's the end of the road for "Car Talk." After 35 years on the air"

It was too normal a program to have on NPR anyway. Seemed out of place. /s

8 posted on 06/10/2012 6:05:52 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Zakeet

When I was at Johnny D’s, they came to a Riders in the Sky show. Riders had them onstage doing some comedy bits with them, and just before the brothers left the stage, Riders gave them an allegedly collectible tape of theirs. Wheen they got back to their table, one of them yelled out, “Hey, this is a Bee Gees tape!”


9 posted on 06/10/2012 6:06:59 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Zakeet

I never tuned into them on purpose, but would always run across them on the radio while doing weekend errands. One thing that always shined through the radio is these guys love life and are full of good humor and laughter. They’d always put a smile on your face. You can even tell in their accompanying photo.


10 posted on 06/10/2012 6:07:31 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: elcid1970; billorites

Love Car Talk AND The Marx Bros. Not the Stooges. I’ll watch them. I do think they’re, The Stooges, are strictly a guy show. Can’t live without the former two. Don’t know what I’m gonna do without the Car Guys.

The Car Guys sort of apologize to NPR during station breaks for ysing their air time. They’re Iralian motorheads from Mass. Both educated at MIT, as well.

Check them out on your local NPR station today, they come on on Sat am and repeat on Sunday.

You’re missing out.


11 posted on 06/10/2012 6:09:24 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

for ysing their air time. They’re Iralian motorheads from Mass

using; Italian

Phooey


12 posted on 06/10/2012 6:11:21 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Zakeet

This weeks PUZZLER:

Cop Stop Conundrum

RAY: The inspiration for this puzzler came from Jeff Jacovelli from Cyberspace, Montana.

A fellow is driving his car and gets pulled over by a cop. The cop says, “I happened to notice as you were driving by that your inspection sticker expired six months ago. I’m going to have to give you a ticket.”

The fellow replies, “You’re not going to believe this, but this is the first time that the car has been driven in seven months. You see, I was let go from my last job and while the security people were escorting me from the building I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my hip. I’ve had a pretty rough go of it, what with the surgery, the steel pins and the rehab. I’ve been home all these months. I haven’t gotten the inspection sticker because it expired while I was convalescing.

“Just yesterday I got a job offer, and I’m heading for an interview tomorrow. But I figured I better go get my inspection sticker because I knew it had expired.”

The cop seems to be buying this whole story. He says, “I do feel pretty bad for you. That’s a sad story, and I hope you get the job. But I’m going to have to see your driver’s license to make sure that that hasn’t expired.”

The fellow opens the door to the car, undoes the seatbelt, gets out and reaches for his wallet to get his driver’s license.

The cop says, “I’ll definitely need to see that license because I’m writing you a ticket.”

The car had been driven during the period of time that the fellow said it hadn’t been driven.

What did the cop see?

Think you know? Drop Ray a note!


13 posted on 06/10/2012 6:13:28 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: Zakeet

I didn’t realize Tom was that old.

It’s a fun show, and half the time they’re not even talking about cars.


14 posted on 06/10/2012 6:15:48 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cableguymn
They where funny, but mainly wrong as they seem to admit ;)

My favorite line was from the days before the politically correct emasculation of everything. Some guy had an old F100 with a six volt system and wanted to convert to a twelve volt setup. They told him to put in a 12v battey and alternator and change anything that caught fire.

15 posted on 06/10/2012 6:17:02 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: raccoonradio

PING!!


16 posted on 06/10/2012 6:17:29 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: smokingfrog

I always liked it when they veered into higher math, like trying to figure out the volume of a gas tank, and stuff. I work on Saturdays so I’d listen. The credits at the end of the show are a hoot as well.


17 posted on 06/10/2012 6:24:19 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Cowman

A parent called in to ask about the comparative safety of placing a child/car seat in the center versus near the door in the back of the car.

The guys answer that the center is definitely safer.

The parent asks, ok, what if I have two kids?

The guys hesitate for a second and than both say, oh, then you put your favorite one in the middle.


18 posted on 06/10/2012 6:24:41 AM PDT by stanne
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To: JohnLongIsland
Well I know the story was BS when the driver said that he received a "job offer" yet was going to an interview the next day. Everybody knows you go to the interview first and then (hopefully) get the job offer.

But that wouldn't explain how the cop knew the car was driven during the period of time the driver said it wasn't. All I can think of is that the car probably wouldn't even start if it wasn't driven for seven months - you would need a jump start, if not a new battery. Also, the tire pressure would be low.

19 posted on 06/10/2012 6:27:12 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: JohnLongIsland
I love the Puzzler. Although this year I have heard a number of repeats. My guess on this weeks puzzler is that the cop saw a recent oil change sticker with a date that gave it away.

This is the only show I listen to on NPR. Sad to see them go.

20 posted on 06/10/2012 6:28:38 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Cowman

LOL
I remember a man calling in with a Dodge Dart.
He said the temp gauge always showed hot, even though the cooling system was in order.
They said a common problem with that car. Get some electrical tape and put it over the gauge. Can’t see the gauge, no worries.


21 posted on 06/10/2012 6:31:56 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: JohnLongIsland

Oil change reminder sticker on the edge of the door?


22 posted on 06/10/2012 6:47:39 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Zakeet

You nearly took the words right out of my mouth. I was going to put it “the only show on NPR worth listening to”.

And yes, I believe that show actually could make it without NPR or taxpayer subsidies.


23 posted on 06/10/2012 6:54:50 AM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Zakeet

A parody of them was included in Pixar’s “Cars.” It was cute!


24 posted on 06/10/2012 6:56:02 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: FatherofFive

I’ll miss the behind the scene staff... statistician Marge Innovera, customer care representative Haywood Jabuzoff, meteorologist Claudio Vernight, optometric firm C.F. Eye Care, Russian chauffeur Pikov Andropov, and law firm Dewey, Cheetham and Howe!


25 posted on 06/10/2012 6:58:04 AM PDT by Autonomous User ( I guess a liberal and an out-of-work bum look a lot a like, daddy.)
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To: Zakeet
Good show. The brothers made it seem as if we knew them personally.

I'm glad to see they'll still be on the air:

The show isn't completely disappearing though. The brothers will celebrate their 25th anniversary on NPR this fall, and then hand the show over to producers, who will use saved but unaired calls to continue to produce the show.

26 posted on 06/10/2012 6:59:18 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Zakeet

One of the few... okay, the ONLY... decent show on that commie station.


27 posted on 06/10/2012 6:59:56 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Zakeet

If the Republicans smite NPR, a good suggestion has been that the physical radio stations, and their licenses, be sold off for use only for local programming content, and that no station owner may affiliate, network, or own any other media, to include radio and TV, Internet and publishing. Likewise they may only advertise products and services exclusively provided in their home state, with strict limits on what any individual advertiser or conglomerate may purchase from them.


28 posted on 06/10/2012 7:04:58 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Zakeet
Tom and Ray fully won my heart when they came out with "the gayest car" survey about a decade ago. This, from the heart of fagland MA.

Far be it from me to accuse them of political correctness.

29 posted on 06/10/2012 7:07:32 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: TXnMA

“Oil change reminder sticker on the edge of the door?”

My guess as well


30 posted on 06/10/2012 7:09:04 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Autonomous User

Do you think that Melissa “the Brat” will be asked to come on one last time? Just to reminisce about the argumentative good times?


31 posted on 06/10/2012 7:09:39 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Zakeet

I’d guess because if they were discussing Gm and Chrysler, there were no decent American made cars to talk about...


32 posted on 06/10/2012 7:09:39 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: arasina
I just realized the headline for this story is written in a way that misleads the reader to beieve that "Car Talk" is totally kaput. Actually, the brothers Magliozzi are retiring but the show will go on by using all those unaired calls.

I suppose it was written that way intentionally since people probably wouldn't have read the report otherwise.

33 posted on 06/10/2012 7:11:44 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: stanne

As a child, I adored the 3 Stooges. They still make me laugh - although not as much as W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy and Abbott & Costello. It’s not really a guy thing; girls must be brought up to watch that stuff in order to develop an appreciation. Unfortunately, parents often discourage their little girls from enjoying these great performers. Then they wonder why their daughters have no sense of humor!


34 posted on 06/10/2012 7:14:55 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: arasina

It is a pity that NPR doen’t have more programming like this. This is the only show that was good. The classical music programmes are dreadful as you get little music and tons of yammering about the music that you would hear if they actually stopped talking long enough to play any.


35 posted on 06/10/2012 7:16:59 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Cowman
I remember when a lady caller was made to imitate her car noise; kind of an erotic moaning sound.

Ray asked, "would you like to sell this car?"

36 posted on 06/10/2012 7:22:17 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: billorites
My wife cannot stand these guys.

She doesn't like the Three Stooges or Marx Brothers either.

I didn't know my wife was married to you.

FMCDH(BITS)

37 posted on 06/10/2012 7:24:08 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Zakeet

Cahh Tooahk.


38 posted on 06/10/2012 7:29:46 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Tooahk >> Tawk.


39 posted on 06/10/2012 7:30:53 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: miss marmelstein

You are correct, sir!

I know of one daughter who adores Harpo and Chicco and Co. It’s heartening to see her, when given a big vitamin, saying, “that’s an awfully big pill. Say, you’re an awfully big pill yourself!”


40 posted on 06/10/2012 7:36:08 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Zakeet

I love this show!

For all those who haven’t heard them before, their website:
http://www.cartalk.com/

For all those who have listened to them (their website above:)


41 posted on 06/10/2012 7:46:02 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Zakeet

It would take a half hour for those guys to answer two simple questions about cars.

“Sounds ta me like ya ran outa gas! Nuttin’ wrong wit’ da cah!”

“Boy, speakin’ o’ gas! My bruddah! Hoo! An’ he nevah runs out!”

“...Or maybe somethin’ electrical. Nearly dead battery. Like my bruddah’s wife is always complainin’ about!”

Only on NPR would they last 35 years.


42 posted on 06/10/2012 7:57:56 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS
Only on NPR would they last 35 years.

You're nuts

43 posted on 06/10/2012 8:00:25 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: stanne
The guys hesitate for a second and than both say, oh, then you put your favorite one in the middle.

Now I know the real reason why I always got the window seat growing up. Damn!

44 posted on 06/10/2012 8:04:55 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: arasina
Actually, the brothers Magliozzi are retiring but the show will go on by using all those unaired calls.

Ah! The other shoe drops. "Hi! I have a '88 VW Fox and..." Folks will get a lot out of that.

45 posted on 06/10/2012 8:06:02 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: DAC21
“Oil change reminder sticker on the edge of the door?”

You must be a youngster.

Back in the day, a good mechanic would place an oil company (Pennzoil, Quaker State, Valvoline) sticker on the driver side door jamb with the date and mileage of service. Go to a junkyard. you might see some on the older cars.

Man IM gettin old.

46 posted on 06/10/2012 8:07:20 AM PDT by jaz.357 (Vader! This constant bickering is pointless!)
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To: Cuttnhorse

Even the Austin Chronicle dropped their snoozer column.


47 posted on 06/10/2012 8:11:39 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: billorites

>I never miss the show. Must be a guy thing. <

Not necessarily. The stooges drive me bonkers, but I love Click & Clack. They’re the best comedy show on the airwaves, bar non.

“And our legal team, Dewey, Cheetum & Howe”. Corny, yet makes me smile every time I hear them.


48 posted on 06/10/2012 8:12:26 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Zakeet

These guys were great back in the days when you could actually work on most of the stuff on your car.

Only listenable thing on NPR.

No amount of torture in Hell however, is too much for Garrison Keillor and the sadists over at the Prairie Home Companion.

I wonder how many suicides they are responsible for?


49 posted on 06/10/2012 8:14:11 AM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: smokingfrog
It’s a fun show, and half the time they’re not even talking about cars.

I'll be honest, that's why I didn't care for the show. Their forte was cars and they spent the least amount of time talking about them. Lame jokes; cajoling the caller; tangents that went nowhere. For a car show with no commercials, that's a lot of wasted time, IMO. I couldn't hang!

50 posted on 06/10/2012 8:32:42 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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