death and the rebuilding and reshaping of his own life has left Kasell at peace with all around him. Indeed, he moves with a grace and a mirth that no sour-and-seri- ous newsman could. "Ab, after 50 years, nothing much gets to me anymore on the air;' said Kasell. Fellow newscaster Jean Cochrane, a dead- ringer for UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, corroborates: "He never, ever has a sour word for anyone." And off the air .. .," said Kasell, "I got to the point two years ago where I decided life was just too short. Nothing much rattles me."
[ To the Southern Part of Heaven]
Since 1975, over 1,500 foll~s have chosen to live in our countryside near Chapel Hill,
amidst bluebirds, hollyhocks and fascinating people of all ages.
Our homes and townhouses are nestled in the woods around a village center full of shops,
restaurants, and a world class country hotel. The proposed Duke Center for Living
and Galloway Ridge Lifecare Community will further enhance the existing lifestyle and
Theater of the imagination
An irregular heartbeat is the reason he
no longer drinks caffeine. Doctor's
orders. But when you love what you do
as much as Kasell does, you don't need
chemically enhanced liquid.
"The thing I get a kick out ofis that,
when you work in radio, you never look
like the image listeners have ofyou in their
minds," said Kasell. "They always think that
Bob Edwards would be older than he is
[ 54], and that I would be younger."
Maybe listeners confuse the two
because Kasell and Edwards are the only
remaining members of the original
Morning Edition staff. Kasell made the
leap from the Arlington station (where
he trained intern Katie Couric) to NPR
when it began in 1975, two years before
ME came to be.
Ironically, although Kasell has become
something of an icon for the daily news
routine - there are poems and short stories scattered on the Web containing references to his voice - he's uncomfort-
able when he's asked to speak to college
"I didn't study journalism, and I never
wanted to be a journalist," he said."It just
happened out of necessity. I don't see
myself as an expert on this stuff."
But, as Kasell knows, he canle of age
in an era when education often took the
form of apprenticeships, of doing rather
than studying. His longevity in early
morning news radio speaks to the success
Explore the possibilities on our web site, or feel free to call us for more information.
The UnNersity of North Carolinaat 01 Hill
tast Franklin Sfrret ~I Hill
~1q1llff1t Office: 919.843.7952
CAR 0 LIN A A L U M N 1 R EV lEW