The NPR family has lost one of its icons. Carl Kasell passed away at age 84 from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Kasell spent much of his life working in radio and broadcasting, and he joined NPR in 1975. He was a news announcer for Morning Edition and became a familiar, trusted voice for the show. Later, he went on to show his humorous side as the official judge and scorekeeper for Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! That show has grown to be not just a successful radio program, but also a top-performing podcast for NPR, placing 13th on Podtrac’s most recent show ranker.
For more about Kasell’s work and remembrances from his colleagues, where else but NPR has the story. Scroll down for examples of the phone messages he left for Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! prizewinners.