Media World: NPR's Carl Kasell retiring as voice of reason (but he'll still rhyme)

Carl Kasell's career with National Public Radio almost ended before it started.

The newscaster developed vocal polyps about 30 years ago. His doctor recommended surgery. The post-operative therapy of 30-days of total silence was especially difficult for the native of Goldsboro, N.C., to endure, but he had no other choice. "That's when I saw my career flashing before my eyes," Kasell tells DailyFinance, adding that he has maintained his voice because "I have a good ear, nose and throat doctor."