Carl Kasell (April 2, 1934 - April 17, 2018)
Carl Kasell, the famed voice of NPR News for three decades turned comedy star of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, died today of complications from Alzheimer's disease, in Potomac, Maryland. After decades as a signature voice of the network's newscasts, Kasell became an audience favorite in an unexpected comedy role, as the Official Judge and Scorekeeper of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, which premiered in January 1998.
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Read the NPR News remembrance here.
Remembrances and Tributes
From Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal:
"Long, long before I came to work at NPR, I was a loyal NPR listener, waking up to Carl Kasell every weekday morning, on the hour. Hearing him say my name, that very first time, made me feel like I had somehow made it. For 16 years, we worked and traveled the country together, and I came to know him as, quite simply, the kindest, most decent person I have ever known. He never had a sharp word for anyone, never treated anyone with anything less than warm regard, and, most importantly, enjoyed himself every minute he was here. He remains in my mind an exemplar of what it means to be both a broadcaster, and a person."
From NPR CEO Jarl Mohn:
"This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us at NPR, our Member Stations, and the millions of listeners in the public radio family. For many of us Carl Kasell was the voice of NPR. For decades we woke up to his voice in the morning; we trusted him to deliver the good and bad news. When he joined Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!, the public started seeing another side of Carl, his humor and wit became a trademark of the show, and his voice is now in countless answering machines. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Ann and the Kasell family."
From NPR Vice President for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann:
"When Carl moved from being NPR's essential newscaster to NPR's essential comedy straight man, he not only embodied the range of NPR's programming, he also showed us and the audiences who loved and relied on him what being game looks like."