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Goodbye 'Car Talk,' Hello 'Everywhere' Radio?


The famous "Car Talk" brothers are shutting down their beloved public radio show, but this does not mark the end of the radio era, say executives.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL After 35 years of supplying advice and laughter to roughly 3.3 million listeners via 660 radio stations per week, NPR's hit series Car Talk will stop producing new shows this month.

The radio talk show, hosted by brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, has been "culturally right up there with Mark Twain and the Marx Brothers," according to Doug Berman, executive producer of Car Talk. But despite the show's 25 years of success and timeless quality, , hosts Tom, 74, and Ray, 63, have decided -- due to their advancing ages -- that it is "time to get even lazier."

NPR has announced that Car Talk will cease producing new episodes at the end of September, so presumably this weekend, but the station will continue to broadcast reruns of Car Talk until, we assume, the show stops bringing in listeners. Car Talk reruns will run on NPR often, but not necessarily in the same prime time slots. "We're hoping to be lamerican-rambler-car-talkike I Love Lucy and air ten times a day on NPR at Nite in 2075," Tom told ABC World News.

The premise of Car Talk is simple: The two mechanics dispense wisdom -- regarding car problems, primarily, but also about relationship issues sparked by automobile malfunctions -- to individual callers across the US and Canada. However, Tom and Ray are not your average mechanics. Both graduates of MIT, the brothers decided to open up a DIY car shop originally named Hackers Haven in 1973, selling car parts to non-mechanics while also teaching lay people how to install the equipment. When this operation proved unsuccessful, the brothers decided to open up a classic repair shop they called Good News Garage in 1977.
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