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Wait Wait....Don't Tell Me! debuts November 2, 2003
By Mark Colbert
Chattanooga, TN. – WAIT WAIT DON'T TELL ME!!
On November 2nd, WUTC-FM will begin broadcasting Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!, a weekly, one hour quiz show that takes a fast-paced and irreverent look at the week's news and newsmakers. WUTC will air the show on Sundays at 10 AM.
Host Peter Sagal leads panelists and listeners through what might be characterized as the news Olympics-answering questions about the week's events, identifying impersonations, filling in the blanks at lightening speed, sniffing out fake news items, and deciphering limericks. Listeners participate by calling 888-WAIT-WAIT for a chance to win the most coveted prize in public radio: having official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell record the outgoing message on their home answering machine.
Morning Edition listeners are aware of Carl Kasell, says Mark Colbert , WUTC's Program Director. We're used to hearing the serious side of Carl, but now we're able to witness the funny or laid back side of Mr. Kasell. It should be very interesting. In fact, Richard Winham and Joshua Daniels recommended Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!.,
and we believe it's going to be a huge success for the station and our listeners.
One of the show's most popular games is Who's Carl This Time? Callers guess whom Carl is impersonating as he quotes from the week's news. The show's producer state, This is the only time you'll hear NPR's senior newscaster impersonate Britney Spears! During another popular game, titled Not my Job, guests answer questions on topics outside their area of expertise. Guests have included former Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright, Gene Simmons - frontman of the rock group KISS, author Salman Rushdie, and singer Kathy Mattea.
The show features a cast of regular panelists, including author and humorist Roy Blount Jr., Adam Felber, New York-based writer and performer; Roxanne Roberts, style reporter for The Washington Post: PJ O'Rourke, journalist and Atlantic Monthly correspondent; comedian Paula Poundstone and Mo Rocca, political correspondent for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Soon the wait will be over it's our hope that you will enjoy Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! beginning Sunday, November 2nd at 10 AM eastern time.