Sirius XM Radio Inc., a national satellite radio service with 23.4 million subscribers, said it will begin regularly airing reruns of “Car Talk,’’ the long-running public radio show that starred Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.
To get Click and Clack fans fully amped up, Sirius has scheduled a Thanksgiving Day “Car Talk’’ marathon. The marathon, set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday Eastern time, will include some of fans’ favorite shows.
“Car Talk’’ is also set to begin airing regularly in a three-hour Monday-through-Friday time slot on SiriusXM Public Radio, one of the company’s more than 130 channels. The plan is to air three back-to-back daily episodes from the show’s 25-year history. On the East Coast, that three-hour time slot will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. That schedule is set to begin Friday.
Earlier this year, the Magliozzi brothers announced plans to stop producing new “Car Talk’’ programs, in part because Tom Magliozzi’s 75th birthday was approaching. Produced at Boston’s WBUR-FM, “Car Talk’’ debuted in 1977, and there are more than 1,200 episodes in its archives, a Globe story from June noted. The show combined practical advice about cars and car and maintenance with social commentary and the Magliozzis’ brand of humor.
Heard on more than 660 stations, “Car Talk’’ was reaching an average weekly audience of about 3.3 million earlier this year, according to WBUR.
That story quoted Sam Fleming, WBUR managing director of news and programming, who said that one of the things that made “Car Talk’’ so distinctive was its appeal to listeners who weren’t National Public Radio regulars.