Metro Detroit: Newsmakers March 21, 2010




Detroit Free Press:

When people retire, there's usually a cake, a card and a party. But when Dick Purtan does his last morning show Friday on WOMC-FM (104.3), there will be a feeling across metro Detroit that a legend is leaving a radio landscape he's reigned over with humor and grace for 45 years. Yet Purtan has always been more than a beloved king of local broadcasting. He seems like a friend on the morning commute. "Purtan's People" is the name for his program and on-air team, but it's also what many listeners consider themselves after growing up with him. There will be overwhelming gratitude for the laughs and the sense of community that he brought to his legion of fans. And there will be questions about the future. What will Purtan do next? What will local radio be like without him? And given radio's current challenges, will there be another radio personality with the wide appeal and professional longevity that he's enjoyed? For Purtan, the plan is to enjoy retirement and stay connected with his radio audience in new ways... What's next after Dick Purtan? (Sun, 3/21)

He's raced a hippo, pushed hundreds of cars through the snow at a drive-in theater and raised more than $23 million for the Motor City's homeless and hungry people. On Friday, there'll be one more big event in the life of Dick Purtan. He'll say good-bye to a 45-year career in Detroit radio. Purtan has hundreds of stories to share about his storied career, and he's planning to put them all in a book. In the meantime, he took time to reflect and laugh with the Free Press. Here is Dick Purtan on Dick Purtan... Purtan on Purtan (Sun, 3/21)







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