Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Peabody Award-winning hosts of Car Talk on NPR, are better known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers" — taking their names from the clickety-clack sound made by aging autos. Tom, 71, and Ray, 59, dispense car advice in the broad accents of the tough East Cambridge neighborhood where they grew up. Both are graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1973, the brothers opened a do-it-yourself garage in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "Hacker's Haven" provided rented space and tools for clients fixing their own cars. But as hippies turned into yuppies and car repair became more complicated, "Hacker's Haven" turned into the "Good News Garage," a conventional car repair service.
In 1977, Tom and Ray were invited to the studios of NPR member station WBUR in Boston, along with other area mechanics, to discuss car repair. Tom accepted the invitation, and when he was invited back the following week, he asked, "Can I bring my brother, Ray?" The rest, as they say, is history. The Magliozzis were subsequently given their own weekly program, Car Talk, which soon attracted a large local following.
In January 1987, then host Susan Stamberg asked Tom and Ray to be weekly contributors to NPR's Weekend Edition and on October 31, 1987, Car Talk premiered as a national program, presented by NPR.
Tom Magliozzi holds a doctorate in marketing and has taught at Boston and Suffolk Universities; he now runs his own consulting business. Ray Magliozzi is still at the Good News Garage. He has taught adult education automotive courses, worked for the Consumer Affairs Division of the state attorney general's office, and is a member of the National Car Care Council. The brothers also produce a highly successful newspaper column for King Features Syndicate, "Click and Clack Talk Cars," and an award-winning website, the Car Talk section of cars.com.
Car Talk is heard by more than 4.3 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations. Click and Clack Talk Cars appears in 335 newspapers. The website, the Car Talk section of cars.com, receives more than 400,000 unique visitors per week.
Tom and Ray's most recent books are In Our Humble Opinion and A Haircut in Horsetown and Other Great Car Talk Puzzlers, both published by Penguin Putnam. Their most recent audio collections are "Born Not to Run: More Disrespectful Car Songs," "The Hatchback of Notre Dame: More Car Talk Classics," and "Car Talk Car Tunes: The Car Talk Compendium of Disrespectful Car Songs, Volume 1. "
Car Talk is produced for NPR by Dewey, Cheetham & Howe and WBUR in Boston. Doug Berman is the Executive Producer.
For more than two decades, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers) have been America's funniest auto mechanics. By making more than 4 million weekly listeners laugh, they have become the defining voices of public radio weekends.
Their mixture of honesty, authenticity, knowledge, and humor has won them numerous awards (including a Peabody), accolades from every major national publication, and the loyalty of millions of public radio listeners.
Prior to moving into the host position in the fall of 2011, Cornish reported from Capitol Hill for NPR News, covering issues and power in both the House and Senate and specializing in financial industry policy. She was part of NPR's six-person reporting team during the 2008 presidential election, and had a featured role in coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Cornish comes to Washington, D.C., from Nashville, where she covered a 10-state territory in the South for NPR, including many states left reeling by the 2005 hurricane season. She has also covered the aftermath of other disasters, including the deaths of several miners in West Virginia in 2006, as well as the tornadoes that struck Tennessee in 2006 and Alabama in 2007.
Before coming to NPR, Cornish was a reporter for Boston's award-winning public radio station WBUR. There she covered some of the region's major news stories, including the legalization of same sex marriage, the sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese, as well as Boston's hosting of the Democratic National Convention. Cornish also reported for WBUR's syndicated programming including On Point, distributed by NPR, and Here and Now.
In 2005, Cornish shared in a first prize in the National Awards for Education Writing for "Reading, Writing, and Race," a study of the achievement gap. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Cornish has served as a reporter for the Associated Press in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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