Carl Kasell

Carl Kasell — the official judge and scorekeeper of the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! — is stepping down after more than 60 years in radio. While you'll still hear him from time to time as he eases into the role as scorekeeper emeritus, his final broadcast airs on Saturday and Sunday.

Kasell recently had a cameo on The Simpsons, and since that's the pinnacle of any career, this seemed like a good moment to look back on his many decades in broadcast.

Jim talks with U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness about goings-on in Washington DC and his run for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat.

From the archives: Jim's  September 2011 chat with NPR's Carl Kasell. Carl will be live at the River Center tonight with "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!"

Dr. Jeff Keuhny, with LSU's Burden Horticultural Center, talks about merging the LSU College of Agriculture with the LSU AgCenter, and the annual Corn Maze at the Burden Center.

 

Carl Kasell
NPR

Carl Kasell spent 30 years delivering newscasts every hour in the morning for NPR. But it's his role as the official judge and scorekeeper on the quiz show Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me! that made him a public radio icon.

In The Wall Street Journal, Wait, Wait Host Peter Sagal called Kasell the world's greatest straight man.

But now that he's retired from newscasting, how does he keep up with the news?