Just read that Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers, are going to retire.

Image from bloomberg.com


Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR’s Car Talk, will tell their listeners this afternoon that as of this fall, they’ll no longer record new programs. But their weekly call-in series will continue to be distributed by NPR drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives.

“My brother has always been ‘work-averse,’ ” says Ray, 63. “Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!”

“It’s brutal!” adds Tom, 74.

The brothers have been taping Car Talk at WBUR in Boston for 35 years, and the show has been a staple on NPR Member stations for the last 25 years. With older brother Tom turning 75 this year, the guys decided it was time to “stop and smell the cappuccino.”

Sad to hear it. I really like that show. My favorite part is often at the very end when they read the “staff credits”:

Customer Service Specialist – Begonia Payne-Diaz
Bad Joke Interpreter – Nadia Geddit
Bob Dylan Specialist – I. Shelby Released
Chairman, Underemployment Study Group – Art Majors
Child Care Provider – A. Hugh Nokitov
Clothing Designer – Hugh Jass
Compassion Coordinator – Ophelia Paine
Complaint Line Operator – Levon Hold
Conservative Political Commentator – Eileen Tudor-Wright
Curator of Dionne Warwick Studies – Isiah Lilprair
Customer Car Care Representative – Haywood Jabuzoff
Director of Catering – Russell Upsumgrub
Director of Delicate Electronics Repair – Anita Hammer
Dyslexic Rock and Roll Music Critic – Roland Rock
Figure Skating Coach – Landon McKeaster
Food Taster – Howard M. Burgers
French Dogwalker – Poupon Degrasse
Help Desk Supervisor – Reed Emanuel Pal
Latin American Trade Representative – Noah Comprenday
Martial Arts Trainer – Anita Degroin
New York-based Dispute Settlement Coordinator – Hugh Talkinamee
Overnight Bus Driver – Borden Drousy
Philosopher – Wanda Y. Datso
Regional Director, Atlanta – Frank Lee Scarlett
Retirement Party Planner – Luisa Jolley-Goodfellow
Route Planner – Oliver D. Map
Russian Chauffeur – Picov Andropov
Sensitive Language Advisor – Holly Schmidt
Sexual Harassment Intervention Counselor – Pat McCann
Staff Grief Counselor – Ariel Bummerman
Statistician – Marge Innovera
Swimwear Designer – C. Bigby Heinz
Table Saw Operator – Les Digits
Tommy’s Ex House Cleaner – Stu Grody
Transgender Studies Expert – Ben Her
Yodeling Instructor from Hawaii – Leo Del Lahey Hu


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