Who are the two show host on here, since Tom passed away last Nov?

I never knew about this show til my RTF teacher said ok class I want you to do a comparison on non commercial radio verses commercial radio.
I think this show is awesome, but I wish I knew who the men are that are speaking on the show. Much condolence to Tom, may he RIP.
So please somebody post who are the two personality I hear on this show?
Thanks! :slight_smile:

It’s still Tom and Ray you are hearing, same as always. What you hear on the radio now are repeats of prior shows. Some of what you hear may also be never-before-aired pre-recorded material, but still with Tom and Ray as the hosts. That’s why it is called “The Best of Car Talk” now.

Oh thank you so much for responding so quickly :), Now I can write my paper for school. I honestly like non commercial radio better. :slight_smile:

“Non commercial radio” is not what I’d call my local NPR station. “Made possible by…” = “Brought to you by…”

Yah, there’s an awful lot on ‘‘NON’’ commercial mentions of sponsors.
My NPR station airs a lot of stuff youall won’t hear and vica-versa due to our four corners area getting the native programming much of the time.
they always break every few minutes to tell you the noncommercial commercials.

There’s a pretty noticeable difference in the amount of commercialism between traditional commercial stations and NPR stations, but it is a little worrying the increase in commercial like material on NPR of late. To me the issue isn’t so much about the commercial segments itself, but that NPR becomes so dependent on the sponsors that they’ll begin to kow tow to the sponsor’s every whim. Car Talk wouldn’t be nearly as interesting if every time a caller asked about oil, a Penzoil commercial came on, or the host always, when questioned about a low oil level problem, recommended to “add Penzoil” at the earliest convenience. That seems to the case on many commercial stations with diy shows, so you end up wondering if the host is giving the best advice or just the advice they are paid to give.

For my way of thinking anyway, NPR is considerably better than commercial stations at keeping the sponsors at arms length.

NPR and PBS do have commercials…it’s NOTHING compared to the commercial channels. And it keeps getting worse.

Back in the 70’s a 30 minute TV show would show about 22 minutes of the show and 8 minutes of commercials. Now is 16-18 minutes of the show and 12-14 minutes of commercials.

Plus branding during the TV show.

NPR is a rational alternative but I believe The radio stations available in my area include rush Limbaugh, Charlie sikes, Jeff Wagner who have no trouble trashing left wing liberal psychos and union thugs while anything on the right wing agenda is right and you commie liberals trying to do whatever is wrong. As a reminder come election time for scottie walker, milwaukee passed a sick leave ordinance, walker and his contingent overturned it along with crashing unins, eliminating damages for discrimination, passing a mining bil that allows filling in streams and wetlands, eliminating scientists from dnr staff, replacing civil service emplyees with appointed department heads, and he has the lack of memory for jumping on hilary while 6 of his former employees were indicted on federal charges for working on government time in a secret server in his office he knew nothing about. woe to us.

Yeah I agree. I would start the paper with “no such thing as non-commercial”. Maybe teacher has been drinking the Kool aide.

PBS also claims to be commercial free and devoid of outside influence…

Wow @Barkydog, we can surely tell what side of the fence you’re on.

The one conservative radio station in Southern Wisconsin is such a threat to you that “they must be silenced”. The Waukesha Freeman is the only conservative paper in Southern Wisconsin and I’m sure you’d like to silence them too.
After what… three years of a dragged out investigation into Walker…with no proof of wrong doing by Walker…and it’s still not enough.
One of those investigations was requested by Walker himself. Investigating (I don’t remember the guys name) who was pocketing money that was supposed to go to the disabled Vets. The liberal media hardly touched the issue, yet still kept trying to blame Walker and make it look as if he was involved.

I doubt that you noticed that many of those workers whom now had the choice to not join the union…didn’t, and many of those unions went belly up. The workers did that, not walker, he just allowed them the choice.

So Barkydog, where, and in what form should the conservative side get their message out. Or don’t you think they have the right.


@yosemite Where did I say "they must be silenced?"
None of the investigations you speak of have anything to do with the 6 felony convictions of Scott Walkers staff I mentioned. Among them (using a secret server in wlakers office for email)

"A probe into Walker’s aides and associates when he was county executive netted six convictions. Among them were Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindfleisch, who were convicted to doing political work out of Walker’s office; Wink was convicted of two misdemeanors and Rindfleisch one felony."

To keep this car related I will send you a bumper sticker saying “Run Scott Walker” as long as you promise to put it on your front bumper.

Morning - I admit I know nothing about Wisconsin politics…but @Yosemite, in fairness I didn’t see @Barkydog say anything about silencing the conservative Wisconsin media. But above all of that, this thread has gone way outside the car/Car Talk-related realm. I think there’s lots you would agree on when it comes to that. :smile:

Sorry @Cdaquila, maybe I took @Barkydogs comments wrong, but it sounded to me like the typical liberal rant to silence the conservative voice.

@Barkydog just needs to “Turn the dial”.

I do when NPR interviews anyone concerning politics. They know what side their bread is buttered on and you can hear them interrupt and cut short any conservative, but give the liberal side free rein to make any statement they want…no matter how absurd.

Many shows are great that are on NPR and I appreciate that there is so little commercial interruption. The commercial time taken in a show is so far from what it was years ago on Radio and TV. Sometimes I wonder why we have to pay for cable TV…don’t they make enough off all the commercials. Stations did years ago before cable and we got the signal over the air.

I listen every Saturday …most of the day…until that goof that narrates his travel stories comes on. Then I have to silence him, turning the dial.

And Car Talk is still the best.