Car Talk with Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, whose real names are Tom and Ray Magliozzi, is one of the most entertaining programs on the radio. I listen to it every Saturday morning on NPR. Truth be told, I do not even care very much about cars per se, though I have friends, mostly guy friends, who listen to the car talk show because they are automobile freaks. I just listen to Car Talk because it is hilarious.
The Car talk radio show was initially broadcast in 1977 out of Boston on WBUR. It was a decade before the show was picked up by NPR and syndicated nationally. By the year 2012, an estimated 3.3 million people were listening to the show every single week. Car Talk is broadcast on over 650 stations across the United States on NPR. As well, Car Talk is broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio.
The format of Car talk is a call in show. Most of the callers are people who are having technical problems with their cars that they cannot figure out. However, there are also callers whose concerns are of a different nature. For instance, I once heard a rural caller ask Tom and Ray about the best way to get to her car when a moose was guarding it. Another brand of caller on Car Talk is the man or woman who is having problems with a spouse or significant other because that spouse or significant other hates the vehicle owned by the caller. Whatever the nature of the call, though, Car Talk is always amusing. I look forward to it each week.