Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Carl Kasell rests in peace; Babs Bush pushes off

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; Neda Ulaby ("All Things Considered," npr.org); AP.org

Carl Kasell: After 30 Years, A Chance To Sleep InEvery weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news.

But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! NPR's news quiz show.

Kasell died today from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Maryland. He was 84.

Carl Kasell, publicity shot with Co-Host Peter Sagal (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!/NPR)
He started preparing for the role of newscaster as a child. "I sometimes would hide behind the radio and pretend I was on the air," he said in 2009, remembering his boyhood in Goldsboro, North Carolina. More + AUDIO
Kasell became a real guy on the radio at age 16, DJ-ing a late-night music show on his local station.

At the University of North Carolina, Kasell was, unsurprisingly, one of the very first students to work at its brand-new station, WUNC. After graduation he served in the military. But a job was waiting for him back home at his old station in Goldsboro. He moved to Northern Virginia to spin records but a friend persuaded him to take a job at an all-news station. 
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