ABC News Radio correspondent and two-time Edward R. Murrow award winner Doug Limerick is retiring Dec. 18, announced ABC News Radio vp and general manager Steve Jones in a note to staff.
Limerick’s career at ABC News Radio spans 33 years, beginning in 1982 when he moved there from WRQX. “Doug has had an amazing career,” writes Jones, retracing a path that began when Limerick was 16:
He started as a 16-year old DJ on a one-thousand watt radio station in Shelby, NC (WOHS). During college at Wake Forest, Doug spun records and then entered the Air Force where he was a Russian linguist. After serving his country, Doug got a job playing records in Monroe, N.C. After his shifts, he used to check in on the community to learn what was happening. His interest in news developed and he landed his first news job with the Palmetto Radio Network in South Carolina.
Jones numbers the amount of newscasts Limerick has delivered at over 100,000, citing Limerick’s own accounting.
Colleagues at both the Washington and New York bureaus will honor Limerick at two separate luncheons in January.
Correspondent Cheri Preston, who currently anchors mid-day news, will take on the morning spot beginning in January.