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2014-03-04 04:13:46 PM  
stuffpoint.com
 
2014-03-04 04:45:32 PM  
I'm still  going to fantasize about being buggered by Faith Salie while Kasell narrates.
 
2014-03-04 04:47:08 PM  
Sciencedammit, subby! I thought he died.

After 5-Decade Career, NPR's Carl Kasell Will Retire
 
2014-03-04 04:47:32 PM  
Damn.  I've been trying for a while to get on Wait Wait.  Unfortunately something about working for a newspaper means i can't.  or something.


anyway, as a huge fan, i wake up most saturdays to listen to it locally.  As sad as I am to see him go, I'm sure the spot will be filled expertly.
 
2014-03-04 04:48:01 PM  
Carl Kassel's voice on my radio,
Is better than smooth jazz, Daddy-O
Without him, Sagal, Pete
Is just incomplete,
And would have to turn tricks to make bail.
 
2014-03-04 04:48:34 PM  
NOOOOO!

Carl, you deserve a happy retirement, You have brought many years of entertainment and news into my life.


/I haz a sad...
 
2014-03-04 04:51:09 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Carl Kassel's voice on my radio,
Is better than smooth jazz, Daddy-O
Without him, Sagal, Pete
Is just incomplete,
And would have to turn tricks to make bail.


Ugh. Serves me right for changing the rhyme and not re-checking.

// mods, I am a naughty, naughty girl. *spank*
 
2014-03-04 04:51:48 PM  
Well, dang.  Got to see them when they visited Pasadena a couple years ago, but somehow not the same as listening over the radio.  Peter and Carl have great chemistry together and it'll be difficult finding that balance again.
 
2014-03-04 04:52:11 PM  
Out with the old at NPR. Talk of the Nation went away late last year too. Pensions are expensive.
 
2014-03-04 04:52:54 PM  
Now they'll have to find someone else who's avuncular!

Godspeed, Carl.

/Brush with NPR: Eric Nuzum, quoted in TFA, was 2 years ahead of me in high school, although I don't remember much about him.
 
2014-03-04 04:55:13 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Sciencedammit, subby! I thought he died.

After 5-Decade Career, NPR's Carl Kasell Will Retire


Dammit subby!  Wrong god damn tag, man.  What's wrong with a HAPPY or COOL or something?  He's old, he gets to retire, he's got his marbles, people like him.  It's a good thing.

Boy that last Wait Wait winner should sell his message on eBay or something.

.

Most felt that his voice was inspired
Among radio hosts he's admired
But the game's not the same
They'll get some other name
Because Wait, Wait, Carl Kassel's ______

.

Congratulations Carl!
 
2014-03-04 04:57:15 PM  
Jeez subby, you made me think he died. hope he enjoys retirement! can avoid all those zombies.
 
2014-03-04 04:57:31 PM  
(Didn't see Dr. D's version first, I swear.  But I still prefer mine. :) )
 
2014-03-04 04:58:07 PM  
This radio program was about the only thing holding my marriage together during that last year. We could always listen to the show, have a good time and laugh.
 
2014-03-04 05:00:02 PM  
Alexei Sayle once said something to the effect that performing in front of a liberal crowd was frustrating because there was always a one second pause between the joke and the laughter as the audience vetted the content against their internal political correctness filter. I'm surprised WWDTM doesn't have a two second delay.
 
2014-03-04 05:02:39 PM  

Lodger: Well, dang.  Got to see them when they visited Pasadena a couple years ago, but somehow not the same as listening over the radio.  Peter and Carl have great chemistry together and it'll be difficult finding that balance again.


I was in a focus group that was asked to watch and comment on a pilot for a "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me" t.v. show. The show itself was more or less a televised version of the radio show (that was one of my complaints -- they weren't making effective use of the visual medium by using video clips instead of just reading stories). The "prize" for the non-panelist participants was "The Carl Kassell Calendar," with a few shots of delberately-bad photoshopping of Carl's head into photos of hunky firefighters or athletes.

I was the only person in the focus group (about 15 people) that had even heard of the radio show. Most people seemed confused by it or didn't like the obviously low-budget production values. One guy kept insisting that the worthless "points" that were awarded to the panelists was "a ripoff of 'Whose Line Is it Anyway'."
 
2014-03-04 05:04:52 PM  
IronJelly:  As sad as I am to see him go, I'm sure the spot will be filled expertly.

With llllllllllllllllllllegendary anchorman, Bill Kurtis...
 
2014-03-04 05:06:32 PM  

Far Cough: (Didn't see Dr. D's version first, I swear.  But I still prefer mine. :) )


Yours is better. Mine has the stench of failure and funyuns all over it.
 
2014-03-04 05:08:02 PM  
I thought that he had already retired and was doing WWDTM for the lulz?
 
2014-03-04 05:11:32 PM  

Vacation Bible School: IronJelly:  As sad as I am to see him go, I'm sure the spot will be filled expertly.

With llllllllllllllllllllegendary anchorman, Bill Kurtis...


Artie Lange (a classic NPR type) does a killer Bill Kurtis impression.

Oh, wait, is that for real?  IDNRTFNPRA.

Dr Dreidel: Far Cough: (Didn't see Dr. D's version first, I swear.  But I still prefer mine. :) )

Yours is better. Mine has the stench of failure and funyuns all over it.


Thanks, Doc, that's awfully charitable of you.

/THIS, is NPR
 
2014-03-04 05:12:03 PM  
Went to the show once, I've been listening since it began.

Carl is tall.

/ CSB
 
2014-03-04 05:19:24 PM  
Okay, I RTMFNPRA, but no mention of Kurtis.  Hsappily, though, I find:

"In retirement, Carl will become Scorekeeper Emeritus of Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, and continue to record custom voice mail greetings for the show's lucky winners and continue to occasionally appear in the program. Thanks to the long-standing and much-coveted prize, more than 2,200 people have Kasell's voice on their home answering machines and cellphones - where he's performed everything from 'What's New Pussycat' to 'Rapper's Delight.' "

I'll miss the old coot.  The article nailed it; he's a great straight man.
 
2014-03-04 05:20:34 PM  
Well that was a hsappy accident.
 
2014-03-04 05:23:14 PM  

Far Cough: Okay, I RTMFNPRA, but no mention of Kurtis.  Hsappily, though, I find:

"In retirement, Carl will become Scorekeeper Emeritus of Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, and continue to record custom voice mail greetings for the show's lucky winners and continue to occasionally appear in the program. Thanks to the long-standing and much-coveted prize, more than 2,200 people have Kasell's voice on their home answering machines and cellphones - where he's performed everything from 'What's New Pussycat' to 'Rapper's Delight.' "

I'll miss the old coot.  The article nailed it; he's a great straight man.


Carl was out for a month or so last year and Bill Kurtis filled in for him, always introducing himself as "Lllllllllllllllllllllegendary Anchorman, Bill Kurtis..."
 
2014-03-04 05:36:50 PM  
Is he not in the house?
 
2014-03-04 05:48:25 PM  
somebody tell Karl his brother is dead.
d13s5ta1qg2cax.cloudfront.net
 
2014-03-04 05:57:25 PM  
It's cool.  I've already got his voice on my answering machine.  Yes, people call just to hear the message, and no, it wasn't me, it was my wife on wait wait.
 
2014-03-04 05:59:00 PM  

NewWorldDan: It's cool.  I've already got his voice on my answering machine.  Yes, people call just to hear the message, and no, it wasn't me, it was my wife on wait wait.


Cool, what's your number?
 
2014-03-04 06:12:02 PM  
csb time...

I met Carl in my hometown when he was performing on a radio show. The first question out of my mouth was "What was it like working with Edward R. Murrow?"
Carl replied with a deadpan "I never worked with Murrow" before walking away.

I realized later that I'd confused him with Daniel Schorr.
 
2014-03-04 06:13:36 PM  

ranev700: csb time...

I met Carl in my hometown when he was performing on a radio show. The first question out of my mouth was "What was it like working with Edward R. Murrow?"
Carl replied with a deadpan "I never worked with Murrow" before walking away.

I realized later that I'd confused him with Daniel Schorr.


You do know the "c" in csb stands for "cool", right?  ;)
 
2014-03-04 06:14:56 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
xkcd 997
 
2014-03-04 06:21:58 PM  
He don't need no instructions to know how to rock
 
2014-03-04 06:34:26 PM  
Time marches on. I too will miss him. However, to be honest. I thought he was sounding tired lately. Especially since he returned to the air after the recent spate of illnesses.

More than I want to hear him I want him to enjoy his sunset years.
 
2014-03-04 06:42:48 PM  
We'll all miss him, but I hope he has many years left.


/Otoh, I'm very interested in that apparently 90's era copy of the Enquirer. Who on Friends had the "gay sex shocker"? I don't remember that story.
 
2014-03-04 06:48:02 PM  
 
2014-03-04 06:53:23 PM  
I hope Carl does Not My Job on his last show...and the category would be "As of tomorrow, this isn't my job either" Have it be about people who retired ridiculously early for their careers.
 
2014-03-04 07:35:35 PM  
Minor point, but I wouldn't have written "Nuzum went on:" I would have gone with "Added Nuzum:"
 
2014-03-04 07:36:33 PM  
I think my favorite Carl Kassel moment was when they had Shirley Jones on for Not My Job.

Carl: "Hey look, it's the Partridge family!"

Shirley : "Okay!"

Carl :<i> "GET THEM." </i>
(It was about partridge hunting.)

There was just something about the intonation/way Carl said that line that maid me utterly lose it.
 
2014-03-04 07:37:10 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-04 09:31:55 PM  
www.noooooo.info
 
2014-03-04 09:55:44 PM  

redsquid: Alexei Sayle once said something to the effect that performing in front of a liberal crowd was frustrating because there was always a one second pause between the joke and the laughter as the audience vetted the content against their internal political correctness filter. I'm surprised WWDTM doesn't have a two second delay.


Wow... this might have taken the award for utterly dumbest thing I've read on Fark over the last dozen years.
 
2014-03-04 11:51:23 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: I thought that he had already retired and was doing WWDTM for the lulz?


Without having read the rest of the comments in the thread before replying, I believe you are correct. This is his second retirement. Godspeed Mr. Kasell. Wish Bob Edwards would have been remembered as fondly at his farewell.
 
2014-03-05 01:26:39 AM  

Wellon Dowd: I'm still  going to fantasize about being buggered by Faith Salie while Kasell narrates.


Me too except with Bob Edwards doing the VoiceOver. Sometimes in my dreams, Susan Stamberg is there too. But only her voice. She is talking about her favorite chicken soup recipe, which is full of Oedipal goodness. Carl's voice adds atmosphere to the afterglow and I fall asleep knowing all will be well, or at least familiar, which is roughly the same.

Sic transit gloria mundi, but in my dreams Carl is eternal.
 
2014-03-05 08:03:18 AM  
Or as l like to call WWDTM, the Sunday edition of the Fark News Quiz.
 
2014-03-05 08:36:12 AM  
He's going full time into the lucrative answering machine message market.
 
2014-03-05 11:42:06 AM  

Vacation Bible School: IronJelly:  As sad as I am to see him go, I'm sure the spot will be filled expertly.

With llllllllllllllllllllegendary anchorman, Bill Kurtis...


I hope not.
 
2014-03-05 10:50:57 PM  
Sad news indeed.  NPR never ceases to innovate in ways to irritate the living shiat out of me, but Carl has always been a welcome voice.  Wait, Wait won't be the same without him.
 
2014-03-05 11:12:31 PM  

Kibbler: Sad news indeed.  NPR never ceases to innovate in ways to irritate the living shiat out of me, but Carl has always been a welcome voice.  Wait, Wait won't be the same without him.


The real problem is that anyone they get to replace him will... fit into the show fine.

The beauty of Carl is that he just didn't belong there, slumming on a fake game show. He and his age and gravitas are out of place. He knew it, didn't care, and seemed to enjoy the hell out of himself. He's the secretly goofy old uncle who's kept his wits and humor. I hope he has a wonderful healthy long retirement.
 
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