July 7, 2017
I have long been a fan of the weekly NPR broadcast “Car Talk,” featuring the witty and entertaining “Tappet Brothers” (known in real life as Ray and Tom Magliozzi). Even after the show stopped production in 2012 (after 35 years), NPR continued to air reruns of the show in the guise of “The Best of Car Talk,” which is still NPR’s third-most listened-to program.
But NPR recently announced that the reruns will stop in September.
I am not much of a car buff, but the sheer joy (and zaniness) that the Magliozzi brothers brought to the airwaves (as well as the weekly puzzler, the “Stump the Chumps” feature and closing staff credits that included Russian Chauffeur Pikov Andropov, Customer Service Specialist Begonia Payne-Diaz and Cliche Monitor Saul Wellingood) made the show must-listen-to fare every Saturday morning.
I remember the sadness I felt when Walter Cronkite signed off the CBS Evening News that final time back when I was a senior in college. The end of “Car Talk” isn’t quite the same, but it’s still a reminder that nothing in life is permanent. Even if I can still listen to the old shows in podcast format.