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For immediate release
February 12, 2002
NPR: Jenny Lawhorn

KPCC: Cindy Young

LA Plays Host to NPR Quiz Show

LOS ANGELES, CA-Wait Wait . . .Don't Tell Me!®, the irreverent and oddly informative radio news quiz from NPR®, will record a live show in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 28, 2002.

For the first time, listeners in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to see the Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! cast in action. Hosted by award-winning playwright Peter Sagal with Carl Kasell as official judge and scorekeeper, the two hour live program will also feature author and humorist Roy Blount Jr., journalist Sue Ellicott, and Esquire magazine's Charlie Pierce. Wait Wait Live in L.A. will include games familiar to listeners of weekly radio show, with panelists and callers answering questions about the news, "filling in the blank" at lightning speed, sniffing out fake news items, deciphering limericks, and participating in some entertaining banter. Callers compete for the most coveted prize in public radio: a home answering machine greeting custom recorded by legendary NPR newscaster Carl Kasell.

Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! airs on more than 200 public radio stations in the U.S., including 89.3 FM KPCC Los Angeles, where it can be heard every Saturday at 11 a.m. NPR and Chicago Public Radio produce the radio show. Wait Wait Live in LA will be broadcast on KPCC on Saturday, March 2, 2002.

WHAT: Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! Live in L.A.

WHO: Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell, Roy Blount Jr., Sue Ellicott, and Charlie Pierce

WHEN: Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

TICKETS: Tickets for the show are priced from $20 to $35 with a $2 per ticket discount for KPCC members (limit 4 tickets). Audience hopefuls can get tickets at the following outlets:
· Ticketmaster: 213-480-3232 or
· California Institute of Technology ticket office, 888-222-5832 or

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