Need to snag a Carl Kasell Autograph Pillow for the public radio fanatic in your life? NPR is doing its part to scratch that item off old-time ‘Morning Edition’ listeners’ wish lists with a stock of Kasell pillows and dolls at its first warehouse sale Friday and Saturday. The crew is also providing an opportunity to meet Kasell and have him sign a copy of his head (pretty meta or creepy depending on your level of Kasell fandom).
The event is a primer of sorts for NPR staff who are planning to open a permanent physical store when the entire operation moves to a new building in the spring. Items include discontinued products as well as old favorites and best-sellers — and of course Kasell memorabilia.
The incredibly popular “Wait, Wait” swag grew out of the idea to riff on the graduation autograph dog, explains Barbara Sopato, NPR’s director of e-commerce and consumer products.
“The tapings of ‘Wait, Wait,’ really can have this rock-star-crowd feel,” Sopato says.
“I wanted to make something the fans could have signed.”
Because the majority of fans recognize Kasell’s iconic voice but have no idea what he looks like, Barbara and crew thought it would be “fun to stylize his face as art.”
Shoppers will have an opportunity to get their Kasell pillows signed by the radio legend on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Guy Raz of “Weekend All Things Considered,” Lynn Neary, guest host and arts correspondent, and David Greene, host and correspondent of morning programming, will also be present for a meet-and-greet Saturday morning, before “Pop Culture Happy Hour’s” live holiday show at 2 p.m.
There will be live music by “Alt Latino” host Felix Contreras and David Schulman of Dance Exchange, Friday from 6 - 8 p.m., and plenty of time to scoop up coffee mugs, T-shirts or perhaps a Nina Totin’ Bag.
See more photos of sale items below.