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Long-time Seattle radio host Bob Rivers announced his retirement Monday. He made the announcement live on 95.7 KJRand on KING 5 Morning News.

Rivers said his last day will be August 8, which is 25 years to the day he started his show.

I was waiting, waiting, waiting for when would the time be right and I said, I ve got to outlast Jean Enersen, said Rivers. Enersen retired as KING 5 News anchor last month.

Rivers said he's done morning drive for 33 years, three years longer than Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show.

The moment I got here, it was God s country. The most beautiful, beautiful land in the world. Mountains. Hiking. The people -- a little passive-aggressive at first, but once you got past that -- warm, loving, embraceful. And over the last 25 years, I got to meet and work with the most incredible people in radio, out of radio, musicians, friends, said Rivers.

Rivers said he is about to become a grandfather.

I want to have time with my family, I want to have time with my friends. I want to study music, said Rivers. I did want to retire before I got stale, but that was 20 years ago.

Rivers said he will continue doing his popular Twisted Tunes.

My wife thinks that this thing will blow over in a week. Rivers joked.




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