Longtime news radio voice Jim Turner retiring

WDBO host on air for more than 4 decades in Orlando

Published On: Dec 03 2012 01:34:51 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2012 01:36:37 PM EST
Jim Turner
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A longtime Orlando radio news personality is hanging up his microphone.

Jim Turner, who's been with WDBO for more than four decades, has announced that he's retiring.

"Well, I announced that after 40 years and 6 months that I've just had it," said a laughing Turner, who added that radio was his dream job.  "This is a business I've always wanted to be in."

Turner, who's from Pennsylvania, started his broadcasting career there.

"I just wanted to get out of the cold," he said, adding that he moved to Orlando shortly after Walt Disney World opened, met his wife and hasn't left.   "It was small-townish when I came here. Then the town grew, and I grew with it.   And then I felt like this was always home."

Turner, who was first in TV before turning to radio, remains modest about being known as "the voice of Orlando news."

"It's very embarrassing because I never think of that way," Turner said.

When asked about his favorite story or interview, Turner turned to a former TV news host.

"You know who I used to love to talk to is Peter Jennings when he was a news anchor at ABC," Turner said.

And when asked what he's learned from his long career, he said, "You should try to do something that you really enjoy doing."

Turner will be replaced by Joe Kelley, a veteran broadcaster from Tulsa.