Carl Kasell. By Antony Nagelmann.

Carl Kasell. (Antony Nagelmann)

By Mark Memmott

Carl Kasell, who has been on the air with NPR since 1975 and has brought listeners the news of joyous events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and tragedies such as the 9/11 attacks in 2001, is planning to give his final newscast on Dec. 30.

In case you can tune in, it's scheduled for 11 a.m. ET that day.

He tells me the most memorable day on the job was that Sept. 11. "Events were happening so fast and furious," Carl says.

Carl, 75, will continue to serve as official judge and scorekeeper on NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!. "I'm just changing jobs," not disappearing, says Carl.

The biggest change in his life may be not having to wake up at 1:05 in the morning in order to be ready for the network's 5 a.m. ET newscast.

"Folks always asked why I didn't just get up at 1 a.m.," Carl jokes. "I said I wanted to sleep in."

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10:45 - November 23, 2009