Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known to some as “Click and Clack,” are leaving the airwaves in September, their Car Talk show carrying afterwards on only in reruns. I can’t believe it’s been a quarter of a century that those guys have been on the air. I liked their show so much that I found ways to listen to it at a radio station where I worked on Saturday mornings (it wasn’t a terribly good station before I got there). Reruns might work for a while (but not eight years), but eventually they’ll have to come up with something else.
Of course, I’ve got a few suggestions:
• Bob Couldn’t Make it to Game Night: This is a weekly show where various guests from all walks of life are called in to play some kind of tabletop RPG. Every week, the one that’s been on the longest “can’t make it,” and a new person has to take over their character. I’m not sure if getting Ira Glass to DM the first season is a good idea or not.
• Let Me Google That For You: Since a lot of people on call-in quiz shows already try to practice Google-Fu without letting people hear their keyboards clicking away, why not make it a contest? Players have to use the popular search engine to find the answer to a question while performing a second task, like singing the lyrics to Toto’s “Rosanna.”
• Holes: Each week, a panel is given a TV show episode or movie, and they have to humorously dissect it, scoring points for every failure of logic and gaping plot hole they can find. In the spirit of fundraising that is often a part of NPR, the studios involved with the media in question can donate a set amount to avoid having a specific work put under the microscope.
I kid, of course. To be honest, I’d really love it if NPR and the BBC could work out an arrangement to air shows like The Unbelievable Truth or The News Quiz. This might be something to consider since Garrison Keillor and Michael Feldman aren’t exactly spring chickens, either.