Robert W. Morgan, the personality with the longest consecutive service in Los Angeles radio at 32 years, will formally announce his retirement as part of a ceremony paying tribute to his career Jan. 9 at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills.
Gary Owens will host the tribute along with Morgan’s longtime side-kick, Joni Caryl, in a live morning broadcast from the museum radio station KRTH-FM.
Morgan was one of the original “Boss Jocks” at Boss Radio KHJ in the 1960s. He worked mornings at KHJ from 1965 through ’73, later logging stints at KIQQ-FM, KMPC, KMGG-FM and, for the past six years, at KRTH, also known as K-EARTH 101.
However, Morgan hasn’t been on the air full-time since May, when he announced he was battling lung cancer and needed to take some time off to fight the disease. Since then, he was been broadcasting part-time out of his home. Morgan had indicated that his cancer was in remission as recently as September.
A longtime smoker, Morgan spoke out against the dangers of tobacco this year in the wake of his diagnosis. In tandem with Variety Club of Southern California, he established an education fund this year designed to help children persuade their parents to quit smoking.