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Carl Kasell, comic foil on NPR quiz show 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!', dead at 84

Carl Kasell, comic foil on NPR quiz show 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!', dead at 84

Carl Kasell, a radio personality who brought gravitas and goofiness to the airwaves, first as a staid newsreader on NPR's "Morning Edition" and later as the comic foil and scorekeeper on the delightfully silly news quiz show "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!," died April 17 at an assisted-living center in Potomac, Maryland. He was 84.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Mary Ann Foster.

Kasell's voice, resonant and reassuring, with a lilting trace of his North Carolina tobacco country heritage, helped define NPR as an emerging force in news broadcasting. He joined the public radio network in 1975 and, four years later,...

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