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April Zesbaugh retires after 26 years as 850 KOA morning co-host

April Zesbaugh retires after 26 years as 850 KOA morning co-host

April Zesbaugh co-hosted “Colorado’s Morning Information” on KOA since 1996.

DENVER — One of many longest-running information personalities in Colorado has signed off the radio airwaves.

April Zesbaugh of 850 KOA retired on Friday, Could 27, ending a 30-year broadcast journalism profession.

Zesbaugh was at KOA for 26 years and co-hosted “Colorado’s Morning Information” since 1996.

“Regardless of my 2:30 a.m. wake-up name for the final 30 years, I really feel very lucky for each second in entrance of the KOA microphone,” stated Zesbaugh. “It’s time to hang-up my headphones to pursue extra household time, play extra tennis, journey in our RV and see what it feels wish to sleep with out an alarm clock.”

KOA proprietor iHeartMedia introduced in March that Zesbaugh would retire “within the upcoming months.”

“April is among the most recognizable and common voices in Colorado, and has set knowledgeable commonplace which has contributed to the success of KOA,” stated Greg Foster, Senior Vice President of Discuss Programming for iHeartMedia and Program Director of KOA. “Whereas we are going to miss our buddy and colleague, April has earned the chance to take pleasure in her retirement.”

“I’m grateful to Jerry Bell, former Information Director of KOA, for hiring me – calling me throughout my honeymoon to supply me the job – and to the present Information Director, Kathy Walker, and the KOA information workforce who’ve been with me each step of the best way in serving to to make me a greater broadcaster and journalist,” stated Zesbaugh. “I’m leaving our listeners in good palms with my co-host, Marty Lenz. He has nice information chops and asks actually sensible questions.”

Previous to becoming a member of KOA, Zesbaugh served as information director and an anchor for Denver’s KCNC-TV collaboration with KNUS-AM, and he or she anchored and reported the information at Wyoming Public Radio in Laramie.

A local of Arizona, Zesbaugh began her broadcast profession at Nationwide Public Radio affiliate KUNC-FM in Greeley, the place she graduated with levels in Journalism and English from the College of Northern Colorado.

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