Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Npr's Carl Kasell Is Ready to Retire

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Npr's Carl Kasell Is Ready to Retire

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Carl Kasell, the voice of NPR News for three decades and judge of "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!," has announced he's stepping down this spring after a five-decade career in broadcasting.

He will record his final broadcast for "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" this spring; celebration shows are planned in the show's home city of Chicago and in Washington, D.C.

For 30 years, Kasell provided newscasts for NPR's daily newsmagazine, "Morning Edition," a role he held from the program's inception in 1979 to 2009. He hosted NPR's "Early Morning Edition," a one-hour news program created in 1997 and incorporated into "Morning Edition" at the start of 1998.

Kasell joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time newscaster for "Weekend All Things Considered." Prior to that, he spent 10 years at WAVA-AM (780) in Arlington, Va., first as morning anchor, then as news director.

NPR, in a reversal of a popular show prize, is encouraging listeners to leave the prized official judge and scorekeeper voice mails by calling 888-WAIT-WAIT (888-924-8924; select the second option).

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WABC-AM (770) host John Batchelor has taken his appreciation of literature, history and political intrigue to a new level.

The nationally syndicated talker has begun an "Author Series," a video offering featuring long-form interviews with some of today's most "intriguing" authors.

The series, available at wabcra dio.com, launched last week with an interview of Thomas Cahill, the author of "Heretics and Heroes."

Future episodes will feature interviews with Robert Klara, author of "FDR's Funeral Train"; Eri Hotta, author of "Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy," and George H. Nash, author of "The Crusade Years 1933-1955."

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Radio Disney and Dees Entertainment have announced a distribution agreement that will provide radio stations across the United States access to the "Radio Disney Top 30," a weekly program featuring the most popular songs among kids and families. …

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