Car Talk

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  • Hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Car Talk is hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi who are better known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers" — taking their names from the clickety-clack sound made by aging autos.  Each week, they answer listener questions about cars from whirs and vrooms to chugs and clinks.  This advice is dispensed in the broad accents of the tough East Cambridge neighborhood where they grew up. 

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After September 17, SPR will no longer air Car Talk on KPBX and KSFC.

When the Magliozzi brothers retired four years ago, we aired the re-purposed encore shows provided to us by NPR.  That took on a greater poignancy when Tom died two years ago. Now we’ve been told that NPR will simply send reruns.

This week’s Car Talk episode will be a tribute to Tom Magliozzi, who passed away from complications of Alzheimer's on Monday morning.

This special episode will be hosted by his brother and co-host Ray, playing classic moments of Tom on the show.

When NPR Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi opened a do-it-yourself car repair shop in Cambridge, Mass., in the early 1970s, Tom had never had so many laughs. The people who came into the shop were complete "wackos," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2001. "But man were they fun. And they weren't worried! When the guy jacked up his Lincoln Town Car and drove the floor jack through his oil pan, did he cry? He said, 'Uh oh.' I mean people could take a joke!"

I had what the guys would call the dubious distinction of putting Tom on NPR's air. For 10 years they'd had a weekly program on WBUR in Boston. In 1987, when we were launching Weekend Edition Sunday, we asked stations for tapes of local programs that might work nationally. WBUR sent cassettes of Tom and Ray, and their five-minute spots became the hit of Sunday mornings.

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh. It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.