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. Then his promising career went downhill.
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...a staple of weekend programming for over three decades, heard by millions of listeners on hundreds of stations, making it one of public radio's most successful shows ever. Repeats still air on many stations around the country, and are distributed every week via podcast.
Car Talk was only matched in popularity by one entertainment public radio program ever; Berman's second hit comedy for NPR, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
When Car Talk proved that there was an audience for smart comedy from NPR, program executives asked Berman to create another show to pair with Car Talk. The result, in 1998, was NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
Wait Wait, the hit comedy news quiz featuring Peter Sagal, Bill Kurtis, 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 entertain listeners in every corner of the country. They both reflect Berman's sensibility; comedy shows seeded with a modicum of useful information. 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.