NPR has announced that the weekly broadcast production of the Best of Car Talk programs will end after September 30, 2017. That gives fans about a year to listen to this popular show.
NPR intends to make the 2016-2017 season of Best of Car Talk the best of the best. They will be editing and enhancing and programing the very best of the 30 year series.
Car Talk started as a program on WBUR in 1977, and its longtime home base was in Boston. The show gained listeners and then made its national debut with NPR in 1987. Car Talk has been produced at WBUR for all of its 39 years, a rather remarkable feat.
Car Talk ended production of brand-new episodes in 2012 with the retirement of the iconic hosts, Tom and Ray Magliozzi. The two brothers were mechanics and immensely enjoyable to listen to. They stepped away from the show when Tom Magliozzi’s health was declining. He died in 2014 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Today, Car Talk remains a favorite among more than 2.6 million loyal listeners every week. NPR says that stations that are interested in continuing to broadcast more traditional repeats of Car Talk after September 2017 will have the option to do so. Listeners will also be able to enjoy weekly podcasts of the 30-year series after September 30, 2017.
The Car Talk website, Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media will continue to both serve their existing audiences and, as NPR puts it “to provide opportunities for engagement for all listeners, on podcast or radio”. The Car Talk vehicle donation program will also continue.