Carl Kasell

Faith Kline and Howie Sanborn
Carol Jackson

Six months before Faith Kline met Howie Sanborn she devised a list with 126 points on it; criteria that her future husband would have to match before she said, "I do."

And then, the two saw each other across some bike racks on a cold March morning in 2012. Howie was participating in a triathlon. He thought she was cute. She remembers his twinkling eyes.

The problem was, Faith was there to watch her friend's children during the race and Howie wasn't sure - Were those Faith's kids? Was she with that other guy?

Carl Kasell — the official judge and scorekeeper of the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! — is stepping down after more than 60 years in radio. While you'll still hear him from time to time as he eases into the role as scorekeeper emeritus, his final broadcast airs on Saturday and Sunday.

Kasell recently had a cameo on The Simpsons, and since that's the pinnacle of any career, this seemed like a good moment to look back on his many decades in broadcast.

Charles Kuralt (l) and Carl Kasell (r) at the WUNC Dedication, March 13, 1953
University of North Carolina Photographic Lab Collection #P0031 / North Carolina Collection Photographic Archive, Wilson Library

Carl Kasell and Charles Kuralt  have a curious connection.

Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal (delivering news by sidecar)
Tony Nagelmann / NPR : Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Carl Kasell was the voice of NPR News for thirty years. He's in the National Radio Hall of Fame. In later life, he found fame as the official scorekeeper and voice of the popular weekend show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Kasell announced his retirement Tuesday.

Happy Birthday, Carl Kasell

Apr 2, 2013

Perhaps you've heard on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! that Carl Kasell, the show's official judge and scorekeeper, has a few magic tricks up his sleeves.

Carl Kasell at a WUNC event in 2007.
Dave Horne/Flickr

At their most recent Annual Meeting, The North Carolina Press Association named Carl Kasell the 2013 North Carolinian of the Year.

Originally from Goldsboro, Kasell is known for his life-long career in radio broadcasting. He also helped found WUNC while in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Kasell spent 30 years as a newscaster for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and he currently works on the popular radio news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, in addition to being an ambassador for NPR.