Garland decides it's time to paint, retires from radio

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
July 07, 2017 - 11:20 am
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Garland Robinette today announced his retirement from broadcasting.

"It's... time to put down the microphone and pick up the paint brushes," the legendary radio and TV personality said in an open letter to his audience.  "Forty years in the public eye is a long time."

Robinette plans to focus his full attention now on what he calls his first passion, art.

He explained that he's had five careers in his life and, "It’s time to go to number six-the magical and mysterious world of art."

A recent bout with illness helped Robinette make this decision.

"Garland recently concluded a battle with pneumonia and decided it’s time to paint and put down the microphone,” said Chris Claus, Vice President & General Manager of Entercom New Orleans.

Robinette admits this was not an easy decision for him.

"It’s hard to let go," he said in his open letter.  "So instead, I’ll join you…as a listener."

WWL Operations and Program Director Diane Newman says Robinette will be missed.

“Magic happens on WWL when the talent is as big as the stage.  Garland was that magic,” she insisted. “I love him like a brother and will always be grateful for Garland’s intellect, integrity and true love of the game.  He gave it all every day... now the challenge... to find the next Garland Robinette.”

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