Legendary morning personality Jim Harper has announced plans to retire at the end of this year from Greater Media Detroit's Magic 105.1/WMGC-FM. His last day on the air will be December 23, 2011.
"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. "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."
"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."
Jim Harper landed his first radio job in March of 1967 at the young age of 13 at WYNZ-AM, a small radio station in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he hosted 15 minute weekly Saturday show that focused on teen issues.
In 1969, he became the official Sunday sign-on to sign-off announcer, host and newscaster on WHMI-AM in Howell, MI. In 1970-1972, Harper served as the evening on air personality and music director at WAAM-AM in Ann Arbor, before working as the morning and afternoon drive host on WIID-AM in Garden City in 1973. In 1974, he served as the evening host and music director at WCAR-AM. In 1975, he became the midday jock on WDRQ-FM Detroit.
After growing up in Hamtramck and then Westland, he eventually left the Motor City and moved to Houston, Texas in 1976 to host an evening show on KXYZ-AM. Harper returned shortly after to serve as program director and midday host at WDRQ-FM.
In 1977, he moved to WNIC-FM as morning host and later became program director.
Then in 1984, Harper left WNIC-FM to become part owner and morning show host at WDTX-FM in Detroit and part owner of WNCX-FM, located in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1987, he returned to WNIC-FM as morning host and later went on to serve as program director and vice president of operations.
Harper joined MAGIC 105.1/WMGC-FM in Detroit as the morning host and operations manager in July of 2001.