'Car Talk' Hits Brakes, will stay on WKSU

After 25 years, the chatty pair of mechanic brothers and NPR DJs from Boston are calling it quits

Sad news out of Boston today: Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as the Saturday morning radio mechanics on NPR's "Car Talk," are calling it quits.

But that doesn't mean you won't keep hearing their antics each Saturday morning on .

The show will continue to air in reruns, but after 25 years of giving at once useful and hilarious advice on car maintenance to callers with every manner of malfunction, no new episodes will be produced. Older brother Tom is 74 years old, while Ray is 63.

Ann VerWiebe, spokesperson for WKSU, said the shows will be rebroadcast as compilations from its 25-year history.

"Since it is one of our, and the public radio system’s, most-popular shows, I would anticipate that WKSU will want to keep the program on air as long as possible," VerWiebe said in an email.

In a letter to stations and listeners, Car Talk producer Doug Berman said they all most likely feel the same about the end of the show.

"A touch of sadness, along with incredible gratitude for the humor and humanity the boys have shared so openly with us every week," Berman wrote. You can read his entire letter on the WKSU website.

The show was first broadcast on WBUR in Boston in 1977. It's now the most popular program on NPR and is heard coast-to-coast. The show is heard locally at 10 a.m. on Saturday on WKSU.

Frederick John Kluth June 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I will not listen to a single rerun. There are plenty of other people to talk about cars. It is time to give someone else a chance.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! June 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Plenty of people yammer about cars, but not with the brothers epic quick wit and great sense of humor. With names like "Dewey, Cheatem & Howe" and "Haywood Jabuzoff ("Hey, would you buzz off")", they are a duo not soon to be beat! Enjoying humor of the past (or music, books, movies, etc) doesn't take away any chances or opportunities to those of the present or future. Tom and Ray are hilarious. That's why they've been around for so long. They'll be missed.
Dorothea Brune June 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
The end of an era. They will be missed by my entire family. We tuned in for their great wit and wonderful sense of how to make the world a better place. Not just for our cars, but an entire approach to life. Thanks guys, enjoy your retirement!


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