NPR’s weekly automotive radio program Car Talk is set to end this year after a run that lasted 35 years. Listeners shouldn’t despair, though; Car Talk’s hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as Click and Clack, say the show will live on through syndication.
Car Talk, broadcast nationally from Boston for 35 years, was known for the bantering brothers who provided mechanical and other car-related advice to listeners.
The brothers decided to stop creating new episodes of Car Talk so that they could retire. “My brother has always been ‘work-averse,’” said Ray, the younger of the two brothers at 63, “Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!” “It’s brutal!” said Tom, who turns 75 this year.
Car Talk will live on through its archives. Starting in October, a production team will begin piecing together new shows using Car Talk archives. Though off the air, the two brothers will continue to write their twice-weekly Dear Tom and Ray column. Head here to read the official note from Tom and Ray.
“We’ve managed to avoid getting thrown off NPR for 25 years, given tens of thousands of wrong answers, and had a hell of a time every week talking to callers,” Ray said. “The stuff in our archives still makes us laugh. So we figured, why keep slaving over a hot microphone?”