Friday, June 8, 2012

NPR's 'Car Talk' riding into sunset

"Car Talk," the engaging NPR show that has gone under the hood for 25 years, is nearing the finish line.

In this weekend's broadcast, hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi will announce they're retiring this fall. They go by Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, on their call-in show that offers simple explanations to the sometimes confusing world of automotive mechanics.

Tom turns 75 this year and Ray is 63.

NPR plans to continue distributing the show to stations that want it by splicing together memorable segments from the past.

In a statement released Friday by NPR:

"My brother has always been 'work averse,'" says Ray. "Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him."

"Brutal," adds Tom.

"Car Talk," which airs at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in Charlotte, has long been one of WFAE-FM's (90.7) most listened-to programs.