NPR reports Tom Magliozzi died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s. “If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh,” writes Lynn Neary. “It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.” Doug Berman, executive producer of “Car Talk,” writes in a memo: “For this coming weekend, we are producing a special version of the show in which Ray will share the news with listeners and remember some of Tom’s most spectacular moments on air.”
From: NPR Communications
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2014 2:30 PM
Subject: Tom Magliozzi
I have hard news to share. Car Talk co-host Tom Magliozzi has passed away from complications of an illness.
This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us at NPR, our Member Stations, and the millions of listeners in the public radio family. Countless people first discovered public radio by laughing along with Click and Clack every Saturday morning. Through Car Talk, Tom is one of those responsible for transforming NPR into the institution it is today. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ray and the Magliozzi family.
Doug Berman, Car Talk Executive Producer and long-time friend and associate of the Magliozzi brothers, shared the below note with us.
To NPR’s Staff:
I have the sad duty to report today that Tom Magliozzi, one of the hosts of Car Talk, passed away this morning due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tom’s been such a dominant, positive personality amongst us for so long that all of us in the public radio family—and I include our millions of listeners—will find this news very difficult to receive.
We are offering our Car Talk web site (cartalk.com) as a place where listeners can engage and share their thoughts and memories.
For this coming weekend, we are producing a special version of the show in which Ray will share the news with listeners and remember some of Tom’s most spectacular moments on air.
Tom and his brother came to public radio when it was stiff, academic and formal— and, not coincidentally, largely irrelevant to most Americans. And by being entirely and unselfconsciously themselves, they broke our medium open for real voices and real people, who turned out to be much more interesting, informative, and entertaining than the canned radio people we thought our listeners wanted. All of us who have created programming in Tom and Ray’s wake owe both of them a deep debt of gratitude.
Please note that the Magliozzi family is asking that in lieu of flowers, friends and listeners make a donation to either the Alzheimer’s Association or their favorite public radio stations in Tom’s memory. It’s just one more gift to us from a guy who gave so much to our network and its listeners over the decades.