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Newscaster Carl Kasell of NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Newscaster Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR who brought his gravitas to “Morning Edition” and later his wit to “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” has died. He was 84.
NPR said Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Potomac, Maryland. He retired in 2014.
Kasell’s radio career spanned half a century, starting as a morning DJ and newscaster at WGBR-AM in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He spent a decade at radio station WAVA in Arlington, Virginia, going from morning anchor to news director.
He was a newscaster for 30 years on “Morning Edition” until 2009. Kasell then became the official judge and scorekeeper of the Chicago-based show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” in 1998. He left his voice on hundreds of answering machines as part of that show’s prize.
“He was, and remains, the heart and soul of our show,” Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait, Wait,” tweeted Tuesday. NPR’s Melissa Block said of Kasell: “A beloved voice. A radio man through and through. And the kindest colleague you could hope to find.”
Kasell joined NPR as a part-time employee in 1975 for “Weekend All Things Considered” and then announced the news on the first broadcast of “Morning Edition” in 1979 alongside host Bob Edwards.
“I look out the window in the morning sometimes, and the sun is rising, and the people are going to work,” Kasell told NPR on his retirement. “I look at Washington as being that big, sleeping giant, just stretching and waking up, and going about its business. And to know that I’m working in the capital of the most powerful nation in the world — I feel good about that.”
He loved radio from an early age, saying he would play his grandmother’s records on a wind-up record player and take commercial breaks. He majored in English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and helped inaugurate a news program at the university’s WUNC station.
Police: Man arrested at Taylor Swift house had knife, rope
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was wearing a mask and rubber gloves, had a knife, rope and ammunition, and told police he had driven from his Colorado home to see the singer who was not there at the time.
The details were contained in a temporary restraining order preventing the man, 38-year-old Julius Sandrock of Broomfield, Colorado, from possessing guns.
Police say Sandrock was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony stalking and is expected to be released Tuesday while the investigation continues.
It isn’t clear whether he has an attorney who could comment.
Police who requested the restraining order said Sandrock told officers he owned three handguns and is on probation in Colorado for firing one of the weapons.
Another man was arrested on April 8 for trespassing on the same property.
The 28-year-old Swift, who lives in New York, was not at the home then either.