‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!’ Debuts on Southeast Public Radio

NPR’s Oddly Informative News Quiz Begins Airing Jan. 6

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Southeast Public Radio will begin broadcasting “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” on Saturday, Jan. 6.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 2, 2007 — Southeast Public Radio 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, on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Southeast Public Radio will continue to air the show on Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m.

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.

“’Wait Wait’ is a really funny show,” says General Manager Dan Woods. “For listeners who really enjoy the news — and having fun with the news — this program will quickly become one of their favorite shows on Southeast Public Radio.”

One of the show’s most popular games is “Who’s Carl This Time?” Callers guess whom Kasell is impersonating as he quotes from the week’s news. The show’s producers say, “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 also features a cast of regular panelists, including author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr.; Adam Felber, New York-based writer and performer; Charlie Pierce, author and Boston Globe writer; Roxanne Roberts, style reporter for The Washington Post; PJ O’Rourke, journalist and Atlantic Monthly correspondent; comedian Paula Poundstone; Sue Ellicott, writer for The Times of London in Washington, DC; plus Mo Rocca, political correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

“Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” is co-produced by NPR and Chicago Public RadioTM.

NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, talk and entertainment, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at http://www.npr.org/ brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also serves listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.

Southeast Public Radio is a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and broadcasts on 90.9 FM, KRCU, in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM, KSEF, in Farmington.