Lauren Order, Ginger Vitis and Dave Reckoning

I admit I haven’t listened to the funny and informative “Car Talk” in a while — I need to, if only for a good laugh — but one of my favorite parts of the show is the credits. In addition to the actual credits, there are some joke credits, based on excruciatingly-bad puns. For example, the show’s loan officer is I.O. Silver, the sports information director is Linus Scrimmage, and so on. Some of these are used for a long time, others rotate in and out. Anyway, I just discovered that there’s a comprehensive list, past and present, at the show’s web site.

If you’ve never listened to the show, find it on your public radio station. Even if you know nothing about cars — maybe especially if you know nothing about cars — you can listen just for the entertainment value. MOVIE TRIVIA: Tom and Ray Magliozzi were the voices of Lightning McQueen’s original sponsors in the Pixar movie “Cars.” Their characters even get to use Tom and Ray’s normal “Car Talk” signoff: “Don’t drive like my brother!” “Don’t drive like my brother!”

Behind the microphone

Speaking of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” here’s a link to a nice little behind-the-scenes news story about it from the public TV station in its home base of Chicago. It’s fun to see what Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell look like (there are still photos on the show’s web site, but it’s different to see someone on video).

If you’re a “Car Talk” fan, you may want to look for Doug Berman, who is the executive producer of both “Car Talk” and “Wait, Wait.”