NPR’s Click and Clack Run Out of Gas

Saturday mornings won’t be the same for National Public Radio listeners all over the country. Brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, are retiring as hosts of the popular syndicated radio call-in show Car Talk.  Starting in October, NPR will replace the live show with rebroadcasts of archival material recorded over the show’s 25 years on the air. “My brother has always been ‘work-averse,” the 63-year-old Ray said about his 74-year-old sibling in a statement. “Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!” Eric Nuzum, vice president for NPR programming, suggested that the archived material would still make for an entertaining show. “We’re certainly disappointed that they’re not going to do this forever. But despite their protestations about work, they’ve earned this,” he said. “And they’re leaving us an incredible body of work that ranks up there with some combination of the Marx Brothers, Mark Twain, and Mr. Goodwrench. The work they did five and 10 years ago is just as funny now as it was then.” The brothers will still write their twice weekly “Dear Tom and Ray” column and  left open the possibility that they might return to the airwaves for special occasions, or perhaps even something new.

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