Dirk Van Retiring From Westwood One
July 22, 2015 at 9:06 AM (PT)
DIRK VAN has announced his retirement from WESTWOOD ONE, where he has hosted “FIRST LIGHT” for 26 years and also anchored morning drive newscasts and hosts “THE WEEK IN REVIEW.” VAN will be replaced on ”FIRST LIGHT” by fellow WW1 anchor EVAN HANING. VAN will retire in JULY 30th, and HANING will take over “FIRST LIGHT” on AUGUST 11th.
VAN said, “Radio is all about people, and I’ve had the great fortune to work with the best in the business, following in the footsteps of my father, LYLE VAN -- a radio legend at NBC and WOR -- and others greats like LOU ADLER, NICK VERBITSKY, TOM O’BRIEN, RON NESSEN and BART TESSLER. Hosting our morning magazine, ‘FIRST LIGHT,’ has been an amazing experience and has allowed me to work with talented broadcasters for more than a quarter century. Talking to listeners on a daily basis has kept me grounded, and hopefully provided a window into what AMERICA is thinking. And to think -- we started way back when Talk radio was ‘new.’ Helping to create an exciting, new product, WESTWOOD ONE NEWS has been especially rewarding, and being a part of its success is a great way to cap a career. And talk about ‘sailing off into the sunset’ -- that’s exactly what I plan to do, with my beautiful wife, PAULA, who has put up with those agonizing broadcasters’ hours all these years. To all my friends at WESTWOOD ONE, thank you!”
“When you draw up the blueprint for broadcasting excellence, talent, and accomplishment, you get DIRK VAN,” said EVP/News & Talk BART TESSLER. “In his long tenure at WESTWOOD ONE, DIRK launched ‘FIRST LIGHT,’ won prestigious awards, and anchored NBC RADIO NEWS, MUTUAL NEWS, FOX NEWS, and WESTWOOD ONE NEWS morning-drive newscasts. How do you top that? By being a great friend and colleague. We thank DIRK for all his contributions and wish him the best as he sails into his next adventure.”