Remembering Carl Kasell A tribute to a reporter, newscaster, and friend who brought authority to public radio.
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Remembering Carl Kasell

Carl Kassell.
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For more than three decades, Carl Kasell brought authority to public radio and America never stopped listening.

His start in radio was at the age of 16, filing through his proudest vinyl and recording homemade commercial slots on his grandmother's Victrola. He went on to DJ a late-night music show for his local station and spent a lifelong career on air. Behind his passion for public radio was a familiar voice that became synonymous for listeners of NPR's favorite quiz show, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, with over 2,000 custom voice memos and a few magic tricks to prove it. Kasell passed away last year at the age of 84 but his legacy will continue to be etched in the fabric of NPR programming forever.

"Wait Wait Don't Tell Me", show announcer Carl Kasell with host Peter Sagal. Antony Nagelmann/NPR hide caption

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