Tears flow on Super Handyman Al Carrell's farewell show


The Dallas Morning News reports after more than 30 years of helping radio listeners via KSKY-AM across North Texas and beyond with leaky roofs, worn countertops and overflowing toilets, the Super Handyman Al Carrell gave his last bit of home-repair advice on 8/7. It was a question about cracks in the garage.

After more than 30 years on the air, only a few listeners called into his last show with questions. Most called just to reminisce.

“You have to buy me a box of Kleenex so I can stop crying,” said Carol from East Dallas. “I’m going to miss your wonderful voice and your crazy sense of humor.”

Carrell, 84, became the Super Handyman in the early 1970s after a Dallas radio station called him about starting his own call-in show. In July, he said it was time to hang up his tool belt.

His daughter Kelly, who joined him as co-host about nine years ago, hopes to continue the show as The Super Handy Mom. It was clear Saturday that listeners were hoping the same thing.

“What am I going to do on Saturday mornings without my cup of coffee and your advice?” Ruth Ann from Honolulu asked Carrell.

The program has run from noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays for several years on KSKY. Before that, it aired on a succession of radio stations dating to the mid-1970s.