Radio personality Ken Minyard told listeners on his KABC-AM (790) program Thursday that he plans to retire Oct. 15, marking his 35th anniversary on the air in Los Angeles.
"It's been a great run, but I need to get some sleep," Minyard joked, a reference to his long run as a morning host. His current show, "Ken & Company," airs weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.
Minyard, 65, began working in radio when he was in high school in his hometown of McAlester, Okla. He joined KABC in 1969 and became morning host in 1973, partnering for 17 years with Bob Arthur on the "Ken & Bob" show, which topped the ratings and made famous their catch phrase "EGBOK" -- for everything's going to be OK.
After Arthur's retirement in 1990, Minyard continued on the morning shift with Roger Barkley for nearly six years and then with Peter Tilden for two. But the ratings declined, and the station chose not to renew his contract in 1998. He hosted an afternoon show with his son Rick at KRLA-AM for 18 months, then in November 2001 returned to the morning gig at KABC, where he has been paired with Dan Avey.
KABC said Avey will continue with the station as a news reporter. New hosts for the 5-9 a.m. slot were not immediately announced.