Car Talk began in 1977, when Tom Magliozzi agreed to participate
in a radio call-in show about car mechanics at Boston Universitys
WBUR. The following week, Tom brought along his brother Ray, giving
birth to their radio alter-egos, Click and Clack, the Tappet
It was at WBUR that the Magliozzis honed their freewheeling approach:
they bantered, bickered, and gleefully acknowledged that some of
their advice could be wrong. Listeners with questions eventually
got answers, although most agreed that the real fun was hearing
the brothers light-hearted verbal sparring with their callers
and one another.
In the fall of 1987, fellow Radio Hall of Fame member Susan Stamberg
-- the host of National Public Radios Sunday Weekend Edition
invited the Magliozzis to host a weekly Car Talk segment.
The following year, NPR launched a national Car Talk program,
which now airs on over 350 stations. The shows success led
to a Car Talk book and a twice-weekly newspaper column, Click
and Clack Talk Cars.
In 1992, Car Talk won the prestigious George A. Peabody
Award for their unique and entertaining contribution to radio.
Car Talk was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
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