Detroit radio legend Jim Harper announces plan to retire at end 2011

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit's legendary morning radio personality, Jim Harper, has announced plans to retire from MAGIC 105.1/SMGC-FM at the end of 2011.

His last day on air will be December 23, 2011.

"Jim is a true Motor City legend," said Greater Media Market Manager Steve Kosbau. "We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of his radio legacy and wish him the very best as he begins a new chapter in his life."

Harper began is radio career in March of 1967 as a 13-year-old show host at WYNZ-AM in Ypsilanti, Michigan. His 15 minute Saturday segments focused on teen issues.

Between 1967 and 2001 when Harper joined MAGIC 105.1 as the morning host and operation manager he worked in Howell; Ann Arbor; Garden City; Houston, Texas and Cleveland.

"There are so many people I wish to thank for a long and wonderful career, especially my wife, Lynn and the hundreds of talented broadcasters that I've been blessed to work for and with over the years, including Peter Smyth and the "All Star Team" at Greater Media Detroit," said Harper in a press release Friday.

He went on to say "But most of all, I would like to thank the people of the Motor City. I hope they have felt the warmth and love I have enjoyed as a member of this "family" of Detroiters for so many years."

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