Phil Wilke
Kansas Public Radio

KPR to add comedy-quiz program to Saturday lineup

Mon, 08/04/2014

LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s Saturday morning lineup is set to get a whole lot funnier. The National Public Radio comedy-quiz show, "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!," debuts 10-11 a.m. Sept. 6.

"Wait Wait" will air at 10 a.m. after "Car Talk," the car repair show with Click and Clack, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Tappet Brothers. To make room on the schedule, Michael Feldman’s "Whad’Ya Know" will become a one-hour show from 11 a.m. to noon.

Now in its 16th season, "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" uses current news stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news.

“This is a great time to add 'Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!' to the KPR Saturday morning lineup,” KPR Program Director Darrell Brogdon said. “'Wait, Wait' is funny, timely and fits right in with the Saturday morning comedy shows we’ve been airing."

Each week, Sagal quizzes the panelists and listeners to determine just how closely they paid attention to the week's news. He serves up questions in all forms: lightning rounds, tape from NPR news shows, multiple choice, identify the “fake” stories and fill-in-the-blank limericks. Listeners call in to become contestants at 888-924-8924.

The show’s “Not My Job” segment, when famous people are quizzed on subjects about which they know absolutely nothing, has attracted such names as President Barack Obama (he was a U.S. senator at the time), Tom Hanks, Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod and comedian Stephen Colbert.

A rotating trio of panelists completes the "Wait Wait" team. They include author and humorist Roy Blount Jr., advice columnist Amy Dickinson, Washington Post columnist Roxanne Roberts, writer and performer Adam Felber, author P.J. O’Rourke, comedian Paula Poundstone and humorist Mo Rocca.

"Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!" is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Radio. Fans can visit the show’s website here to listen to past shows or download the podcast.

KPR, a 15-time Kansas Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year, licensed to KU, broadcasts on 91.5 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.

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