If you love cars, you might have loved NPR’s well-known radio call-in program, Car Talk. The show, which aired on national radio for the first time in 1987, was hosted by ‘Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,’ known in real life as Tom and Ray Magliozzi. On Monday, November 3rd, the elder of the two brothers, Tom, passed away at the age of 77 from complications of Alzheimer’s.
Car Talk was NPR’s most popular show of all time, pulling in four million listeners a week during the height of its popularity. The show focused on listeners calling in to ask the Magliozzi brothers (both trained mechanics) vehicle questions: from with questions ranging from what the best first car was for their 16 year-old son, to questioning the work of their mechanic, to replicating the strange sounds their vehicle made in hopes of a diagnosis.
The brothers approached each call with a great deal of humor; Tom was particularly well known for his infectious laugh that sometimes went so long it delayed responses to their callers.
In the end, the show was much more about cars; it was a humorous take on life, love, Americans’ obsession with their vehicles.
You can listen to previously aired episodes of Car Talk on Columbia’s Mid-Missouri’s Public Radio Station, KBIA 91.3.
At Sedalia’s Bryant Motors, we send our condolences to the family and friends of Tom Magliozzi and his tradition of humorous automobile know-how. Here at Bryant we have an automobile tradition ourselves, one of integrity, service, and reliability.
While we aren’t the Tappet brothers, our sales department can help you find that perfect automobile to fit your life, while our service technicians can help solve any mysterious operating problems. Our blog is also here to help you learn more about your automobile, from How to Maintain a High Mileage Vehicle to Auto Maintenance Jobs You Can Do Yourself.