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Wait, wait … NPR’s Carl Kasell is retiring

The new NPR headquarters in Washington.(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) The new NPR headquarters in Washington. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Carl Kasell, one of the most-recognized voices in news radio, is retiring, NPR announced Tuesday. Kasell is hanging up his mike after more than 15 years as the “Official Judge and Scorekeeper” of the NPR news-quiz show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” 

Devotees of the show can exhale — even after he steps down, Kasell, who was a newscaster for NPR’s “Morning Edition” for 30 years before joining the comedy program, will continue a longstanding tradition of “Wait, Wait…,”  recording voice mail greetings for the show’s winners.

NPR is offering fans the chance to give Kasell an appropriate send-off: They can leave voicemails for  him on the show’s popular call-in number: 1-888-Wait-Wait.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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