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NPR's Carl Kasell delivers a newscast for the Morning Edition program at NPR in 2009. / Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Carl Kasell, official scorekeeper for the popular NPR news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! announced his retirement Tuesday.

Kasell will record his final broadcast of the show this spring, according to NPR's The Two-Way blog.

Kasell said his favorite time at NPR has been with the news quiz show. "I can honestly say I am the luckiest man around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so many years. It's truly been a joy for me," Kasell said.

Fans can leave appreciation voicemails for Kasell by calling 1-888-Wait-Wait and selecting the second option.

Before his stint on the quiz show since 1998, Kasell anchored the newscast for NPR's Morning Edition for three decades. Kasell joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time newscaster for Weekend All Things Considered.

In a note to the NPR newsroom, Eric Nuzum, vice president for programming, said, "He was the voice people woke up to. They opened their eyes, and for 30 years, he was there, reassuring them the world was still in one piece."

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