Wait Wait WHAT?? Carl Kasell Retiring from Signature NPR Program

waitwaitNPR’s Carl Kasell announced today that he’s stepping down from “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” after a five-decade career in broadcasting. Kasell will record his final “Wait Wait” broadcast this spring and celebration shows are planned in Chicago and DC.

Kasell became an audience favorite as the Official Judge and Scorekeeper of “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Among the program’s most popular quiz segments were those built around Kasell impersonating newsmakers and celebrities from the week’s headlines.

Fans of Kasell can leave him voice mails by calling 1-888-Wait-Wait.

In retirement, he’ll become Scorekeeper Emeritus of the program and will continue to record custom voice mail greetings for the show’s lucky winners and continue to occasionally appear on the program.

For 30 years, Kasell provided newscasts for NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time newscaster for “Weekend All Things Considered.” Prior to that, he spent 10 years at WAVA, in Arlington, Va., first as morning anchor, then as news director. Before moving to DC in 1965, Kasell was morning deejay and newscaster at WGBR-AM in Goldsboro, NC. He also worked at a local radio station part time during high school and was an actor in local theater.