WDCB/Chicago Morning Host John Burnett To Retire
October 23, 2015 at 11:09 AM (PT)
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE Jazz WDCB/CHICAGO longtime morning host JOHN BURNETT has announced his retirement after 19 years, ROBERT FEDER reports. BURNETT's last show will be next THURSDAY. WDCB MD PAUL ABELLA will assume the air shift at least until the end of the year.
“This period in my life was the most exciting, most challenging, and happiest part of my life’s work,” BURNETT said on-air. “But at 76 years of age, and with other commitments, it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you for your love, care and support. I won’t forget any of you.”
“WDCB certainly would not be where it is today without JOHN’s work over the last 19 years,” Station Manager DAN BINDERT said in a statement. “Jazz fans in CHICAGO have loved waking up to his voice in the morning. His warmth is so genuine, and I think WDCB’s listeners have always responded to that. He just draws people in. And his ‘Chip-Chip Cheerio!’ sign off is so unique — everyone has always loved it. He’s been a wonderful ambassador for the station.”