Retired NPR Newsman Carl Kasell Dies at 84



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Carl Kasell, whose Southern baritone was a presence on National Public Radio programs for more than three decades, died on Tuesday in Potomac, Maryland, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease, NPR said. He was 84.

Kasell was best known in recent years as the announcer and scorekeeper for the NPR news quiz show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” for which he would record answering machine and voice mail greetings for the show’s winners.

Kasell, a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, recorded more than 2,200 greetings between the show’s premiere in 1998 and his retirement in 2014.

“Carl was warm, funny, caring, and put up with our nonsense with a knowing smile and a wink. In a word, he was a gentleman,” the “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” show’s account said on Twitter.



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