Famed NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell will retire after recording his last edition of the game show "Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!" this spring, the organization announced Tuesday.
Kasell joined NPR in 1975 after working at radio stations in Arlington, Va., and Goldsboro, N.C. He provided newscasts for programs including “Morning Edition” and “Weekend All Things Considered,” and joined “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!” when the game show started in 1998.
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"My favorite time at NPR has been Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!,” Kasell said in the statement
. “It was loads of fun and gave me a chance to meet and talk in person to the audiences that I felt I had known for so many years on the air. I can honestly say I am the luckiest man around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so many years. It's truly been a joy for me."
Kasell will continue to record custom voicemail greetings for the show’s winners and will occasionally appear on the show, NPR said.
NPR invited listeners to record voicemail messages to Kasell before directing them to the show’s Facebook page, but it filled up fast.
Fans also showed their support on Twitter.
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