There is no more beloved person in public radio — or any kind of radio, for that matter — than Carl Kasell.
Carl retired as an NPR newsreader a few years ago, and last night he taped his final episode of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Of his many accomplishments, proving that a serious news person can have a personality may be the most important, especially for public radio types, many of whom have a life-long love affair with their own earnestness.
It’s hard to see how the radio industry is any better off today.
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With my guy, Carl Kassel, celebrating his retirement from @waitwait – #sexybeast #Npr pic.twitter.com/oU2DFMCQiT
— Amy Dickinson (@AskingAmy) May 15, 2014
About to go on stage with the incomparable Carl Kasell for @WaitWait taping in DC. pic.twitter.com/DZC1mls5Is
— Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) May 15, 2014
Was too busy to live tweet Carl Kasell's gala dinner, but here he is with Nancy Pelosi. pic.twitter.com/ONGQmbdOTU
— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) May 15, 2014