Tom is still telling who some of the underwriters are and even saying "Support for 'Car Talk' ...".
Obviously he wouldn't say "Support for 'The Best of Car Talk' ..." Only Ray can do that because only he was still around when they decided on that name.
I notice they are telling us about "Support for 'Car Talk'" after the breaks, which only started a couple of weeks ago. Or at least it hasn't been done recently.
Whether they are putting together the current shows from different time periods is hard to say. They do make sure they have the time of year right. Though several months ago the Dodge Dart was history, and now they're talking about it again as if it still runs. And in the same show, Ray gave two different phone numbers.
I can say almost with certainty that in one show more than one caller from the same show was used. They put a woman on hold and took another call and maybe even answered last week's Puzzler while she went out to her car. And I think in that show Tom got an answer right and Ray said that happens once a year or something. With the next caller, they got another answer right. But with the woman they had to come back to, they couldn't give a definitive answer so there wasn't going to be three in a row.
They must be a week behind because the "last week's" Puzzler the week after the show about Tom was from two weeks earlier, and had Tom not died they would have the Puzzler answer the week of the show about Tom. But if they put together a show from different shows, maybe not. Maybe the show they planned to air that week won't happen, except for the Puzzler answer.
The newspapers where I read their column have "Car Talk" with Ray Magliozzi. He did refer to what he believed his brother would have done, which was nice.
One of the papers, though, runs the column with just Ray in one section, but in the classifieds on another day of the week it's still both of them.