WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - After 44 years in broadcasting, longtime radio host Alan Walts is calling it quits.
For the past 10 years Walts has hosted Watertown's Morning News on AM radio station 790 WTNY.
Walts got his start in broadcasting in Watertown and has worked in Gouverneur and Florida.
Stephens Media Group General Manager Glen Curry said "Alan arrived here around 4 o'clock each and every morning regardless of the weather and he did that for 10 straight years and we were very fortunate to have him here as part of the group of stations at Stephens Media."
Walts says one of his fondest broadcasting memories was getting to work with one of his heroes.
"When I came to work here I was part time," he said. "I was working in television and they were looking for a substitute host for George Neher and George Neher, although he wasn't that much older than me, was one of my broadcasting heroes in this business -- and to get to meet and work with George was the thrill of my life."
Walts plans to become a snowbird in retirement and spend his winters down South and summers here in northern New York.
He retires today (Monday), on his birthday.