Ag­ile NPR voice Carl Kasell dies

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Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio’s long­time broad­caster Carl Kasell died Tues­day.

Kasell was a pres­ence at NPR for more than three decades, re­tir­ing for good four years ago at age 80. He be­gan his ra­dio ca­reer at 16, DJing a late-night mu­sic show on his lo­cal sta­tion. He joined NPR in 1975 as a con­trib­u­tor to

Week­end All Things Con­sid­ered, and he helped launch Morn­ing Edi­tion in 1979, build­ing a fan fol­low­ing that would con­tinue for more than 30 years.

In 1998, Kasell switched gears, re­veal­ing his wry sense of hu­mor as the of­fi­cial judge and score­keeper for the game show Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me! along­side host Peter Sa­gal.

“I am ex­tremely sad to tell you all that my dear friend and col­league for 16 years, Carl Kasell has passed away at the age of 84, from com­pli­ca­tions of Alzheimer’s,” Sa­gal wrote on Twit­ter Tues­day. “He was, and re­mains, the heart and soul of our show.”

2009 PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

Carl Kasell spent years as straight man on “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!”

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