September 28, 2017
Writer: Brandon Isle
It's the end of an era. After 30 years of weekly broadcasts, The Best of Car Talk will have its last episode this Saturday.
Boston brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi started broadcasting on WBUR in 1977. Ten years later they took their show Car Talk national with NPR. Since then, audiences across the nation have enjoyed the automotive advice, philosophy, and jabs from Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers.
The brothers retired from Car Talk five years ago. Since then, NPR has distributed The Best of Car Talk, which was a compilation of some of their best calls and advice. When Tom died in November 2014, Ray continued to be involved with the broadcast.
On Saturday, October 7, BYU-Idaho Radio will begin airing a new NPR show in the 9 a.m. slot called It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. According to NPR, during the one-hour show, Sam Sanders will "talk to journalists, newsmakers, and listeners about news, popular culture, and the internet - stories big and small, about all subjects, with equal vigor and interest."
Below, you can read a letter from Ray to listeners. We wish him well and hope you enjoy the new show.
Hello from Car Talk Plaza,
I want to thank you for writing in and reaffirming your poor taste in radio programs by
praising Car Talk.
You can't possibly have enjoyed Car Talk as much as my brother and I have. Over three
decades, it was an unparalleled pleasure to take your calls, make your car problems
slightly worse, and accidentally insert strife into your family relationships.
But as Buddha teaches us, change is inevitable. That's Vinnie Buddha, by the way. He
owned the sandwich shop next to our garage, and he'd tell us that whenever he ran out of
So now change is coming to your station. It's time for us to step aside and make room for
new programs; one of which could turn out to be your next favorite show. Or it could be a
disaster; one may be the next Car Talk.
We will keep distributing weekly episodes of Car Talk via podcast. So if you want to
spend an hour with us, at your convenience, it's easy and free. Just go to
www.cartalk.com/podcast or the NPR One app and subscribe. Or if you're new to
podcasting, ask an 11 year old to show you how to do it.
You can also continue to engage with us on Facebook or on our web site (cartalk.com).
We know you still have time to kill during your work day, and we want you to know we're
here for you.It's been a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to waste an hour with you on this
It's been a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to waste an hour with you on this
station every week, for all these years. We thank them and we thank you.
P.S. And whatever you do, don't drive like my brother!