Mods: This is a factual question, but I put it in CS, as it deals with NPR. If I am mistaken as to its appropriate forum, please correct.
If you are an NPR junkie like me, then you must be familiar with “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me”, NPR’s Saturday morning quiz show. A funny and interesting hour, WWDTM consists of host Peter Sagal, newsman Carl Kassell, three panelists (Mo Rocca and Paula Poundstone are my favorites), a celebrity caller (last week: Phyllis Diller!), and various contestants. The contestants play a series of games (i.e. finish the limerick, identify the fake news story, identify the quote, etc.) in which they are given three questions. Get two right, and you get a prize: Carl Kassell’s voice on your home answering machine.
My question: how does that happen? Obviously, Mr. Kassell doesn’t travel to the person’s home to record the greeting. And I doubt people mail their home answering machine to him. So what is the process? Does he record something that can be downloaded? What if you have an old answering machine which doesn’t sync up with the internet? What if, like me, your only phone is your cell, meaning he would need possession of the phone to record the voicemail greeting?
How does this awesome prize get delivered?