Skip to comments.(NPR) 'Car Talk' to End After 35 Years
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.
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 ...
Dang. Guess I’ll have to find some chores to do on Saturday morning, or not!
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.
She doesn't like the Three Stooges or Marx Brothers either.
I never miss the show. Must be a guy thing.
And yet they never tried.
After all, why should they?
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?
No. They would also talk about VW’s and Saab’s..
They where funny, but mainly wrong as they seem to admit ;)
It was too normal a program to have on NPR anyway. Seemed out of place. /s
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!”
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.
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.
for ysing their air time. Theyre Iralian motorheads from Mass
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!
I didn’t realize Tom was that old.
It’s a fun show, and half the time they’re not even talking about cars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the only show I listen to on NPR. Sad to see them go.
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.
Oil change reminder sticker on the edge of the door?
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.
A parody of them was included in Pixar’s “Cars.” It was cute!
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!
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.
One of the few... okay, the ONLY... decent show on that commie station.
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.
Far be it from me to accuse them of political correctness.
“Oil change reminder sticker on the edge of the door?”
My guess as well
Do you think that Melissa “the Brat” will be asked to come on one last time? Just to reminisce about the argumentative good times?
I’d guess because if they were discussing Gm and Chrysler, there were no decent American made cars to talk about...
I suppose it was written that way intentionally since people probably wouldn't have read the report otherwise.
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!
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.
Ray asked, "would you like to sell this car?"
She doesn't like the Three Stooges or Marx Brothers either.
I didn't know my wife was married to you.
Tooahk >> Tawk.
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!”
I love this show!
For all those who haven’t heard them before, their website:
For all those who have listened to them (their website above:)
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.
Now I know the real reason why I always got the window seat growing up. Damn!
Ah! The other shoe drops. "Hi! I have a '88 VW Fox and..." Folks will get a lot out of that.
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.
Even the Austin Chronicle dropped their snoozer column.
>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.
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?
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!