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Doug Berman

Executive Producer, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and Car Talk

Two-time Peabody Award-winning producer Doug Berman is responsible for NPR's most successful entertainment programs, the hit comedies Car Talk and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

He began his career in news while still in college, serving as a production assistant for NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He was News Director at WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts, and WBUR in Boston, and was elected president of the Public Radio News Directors Association from 1985-1987.

While at WBUR, he met and became friends with the Magliozzi brothers, Tom and Ray, who were doing a local call-in show at the time. Berman then produced a pilot for them, which became the first episode of NPR's Car Talk.

From its humble beginnings on WBUR in 1987, Car Talk grew to a public radio powerhouse. It's heard by more than 4 million people a week on more than 600 radio stations and via podcast, making it one of public radio's most successful shows ever.

Car Talk is surpassed in on-air listenership by only one program; Berman's second hit comedy for NPR, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

When Car Talk proved that there is an audience for smart comedy from NPR, program executives asked Berman to create another show with a similar sensibility. The result, in 1998, was NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Wait Wait, the hit comedy news quiz featuring Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell, and a rotating panel of entertaining weekly players, now tours the country to sold out audiences and rave reviews from newsmakers and listeners alike.

Together, Car Talk and Wait Wait are signature NPR weekend programs, dominating weekend schedules and entertaining listeners in every corner of the country. They both reflect Berman's sensibility; a perfect balance of actually useful information, and sharp humor. Or, as Berman likes to describe the shows he makes: "not a complete waste of time."

Berman serves as Executive Producer of Car Talk and Benevolent Overlord of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (a title he created so he could give colleague Mike Danforth his previous title, Executive Producer).

Berman earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut, and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (our fair city).

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