(Updates with comments from listener)
By Ros Krasny
BOSTON, June 8 Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of
National Public Radio's popular "Car Talk" program, will retire
in September after decades of dispensing automotive repair and
driving advice laced with a side of wicked humor.
The pair, in their guise as the self-deprecating Click and
Clack, the Tappett Brothers, have been taping the weekly show
for WBUR, Boston's public radio affiliate, for 35 years, but say
it is time to "stop and smell the cappuccino."
Elder statesman Tom Magliozzi turns 75 this year.
"My brother has always been 'work-averse,'" Ray Magliozzi,
63, said in a statement. "Now, apparently, even the one hour a
week is killing him."
NPR will continue to broadcast the show with material
curated from the best of the more than 1,200 episodes recorded
by the Magliozzis over the years, with occasional updates from
Gary Hunter, who helps manage events for the magazines
Classic Motorsports and Grassroots Motorsports, said he would
miss the program, and that his girlfriend Sally would miss it
"My girlfriend doesn't work on her car; I do," he said. "But
she listens to 'Car Talk' on the way to work on Saturday. I'm
always amazed that she is totally not into cars but she enjoys
their bantering and people calling in and the scenarios."
The brothers urged their fans not to grieve: "Thanks to all
for the nice comments, but this isn't a wake! We won't be taping
new shows, but we will still be polluting the airwaves!" they
said via Twitter.
"Car Talk" was first broadcast in Boston in 1977 and picked
up nationally by NPR 10 years later. It is heard weekly by an
audience estimated at more than four million listeners on almost
"The early days of Car Talk was a time when dinosaurs roamed
the earth and people actually worked on their own cars," the
pair quip on their website.
Among the celebrities who have called into the show are
broadcaster Morley Safer; actors Ashley Judd and Geena Davis;
and astronaut John Grunsfeld, phoning from the Space Shuttle.
At the end of each show, Ray typically warns the audience,
"Don't drive like my brother," to which Tom replies, "And don't
drive like my brother."
The brothers won a Peabody Award in 1992 for "distinguished
achievement and meritorious public service."
Both brothers, veteran car mechanics who operate a garage in
Cambridge, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. They gave the commencement address to the university
The Car Talk offices loom over Harvard Square in Cambridge
and is dubbed "Dewey, Cheetham & Howe" after the imaginary law
firm featured on the show.
The much-loved broadcast has made its mark on popular
culture in the Magliozzi's native Cambridge - referred to on air
as "our fair city" - and beyond. The brothers provided the
voices for animated cars in the blockbuster 2006 Disney Pixar
"Car Talk: The Musical!", presented by Suffolk University,
enjoyed a brief run in Boston in 2011.
As for their fans, they will be making the most of the shows
remaining before they retire.
"I'll be listening to their show tomorrow," Hunter said,
"because I'll be out in the garage working on my buddy's car."
(Reporting By Ros Krasny, additional reporting by Toni Clarke
in Boston; editing by Gunna Dickson and Richard Chang)