Cecil and Leonard both reincarnate, each succeeding the latest incarnation of the other as the host of NVCR.

The recordings by 15-year-old Cecil in Cassette – where he talks about making a radio show, says “greetings from Night Vale”, and refers to Big Rico’s and the Ralph’s – are from the 1980s, and Cecil’s most recent incarnation.

The recordings in [Best Of?] – where Intern Cecil reports on Night Vale’s founding, and thinks that “radio” is a goofy-sounding word – are from earlier incarnations.