NPR To End 'Best Of Car Talk' Production In September 2017
July 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM (PT)
NPR has announced that it will end production of "BEST OF CAR TALK" on SEPTEMBER 30th, 2017. The "CAR TALK" series has been airing the classic episodes since the passing of co-host TOM MAGLIOZZI in 2014. The network says that it will offer more traditional repeats of the show to interested affiliates after SEPTEMBER 2017 and will also continue distributing the old shows as podcasts.
"We will make the 2016-2017 season of CAR TALK the best of the best. We will edit, enhance and program the very best of the 30 year series," said Exec. Producer DOUG BERMAN. "In many ways, the BEST OF CAR TALK is the best of public radio -- honest, authentic, original, warm, interactive, broadly welcoming and unforgettable."
"CAR TALK has been an enormous part of public radio's past and present. There is no other program quite like it. Thanks to DOUG BERMAN and his team for their partnership, the research and deep thought they have put into choosing this path forward," NPR VP/Programing ANYA GRUNDMANN said. "We are in a moment of transition for weekend programming across the public radio system. This coming year, one of the top priorities of the programming team at NPR will be to focus on creating new weekend programming to extend value of of ONLY A GAME, WEEKEND EDITION, WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, and ASK ME ANOTHER -- all foundational to a strong weekend schedule."