I attribute my love of radio to my parents. For as long as I can remember, there would be WGN Radio and NPR on throughout the week. This was the reason I wanted to intern at WGN, to see firsthand what I grew up listening to on a regular basis. When I learned you could buy tickets to a taping of one of my dad’s favorite shows, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, I knew there was a daddy-daughter date in our future.
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is a weekly quiz program hosted by Peter Sagal and judged by Carl Kasell. Each week the program includes panelists in the world of news and entertainment. Callers and listeners test their knowledge of current events while distinguishing between news and fiction. This week’s panel included Tom Bodett, Roxanne Roberts and Luke Burbank. The panel provided commentary on news stories that ranged from the practical to the outrageous to downright fabrications.
When we had the opportunity to ask questions of the panel, I asked Carl Kasell if he always wanted to work in radio or what he wanted to be when he grew up. The show’s program highlighted Mr. Kasell’s career in radio of more than 50 years, which is quite an accomplishment. He explained at the age of six his dream was to work in radio and he secured his first job at 16. I guess the rest is history…
This show is a reminder to stay informed of events in the news. It’s also a gentle nudge to not always believe everything you hear. After witnessing the program firsthand I have a new appreciation for what is packaged for each airing, further strengthening my love of radio.