Doug Limerick has announced his retirement from ABC News Radio on Dec. 18 after 33 years. Effective Jan. 4, Cheri Preston will move to mornings.
ABC News Radio VP and General Manager Steve Jones said the Washington bureau will celebrate Limerick’s career with a Jan. 7 luncheon and the New York bureau will also hold one the following day.
Limerick began his radio career on 1,000 watt radio station WOHS(AM) in Shelby, N.C., as a 16-year old DJ. He went on to attend college at Wake Forest, where he continued as a DJ before joining the Air Force as a Russian linguist.
After retiring from the armed forces, he got another DJ gig in Monroe, N.C., where he says he developed an interest in news. His first job on the desk was with the Palmetto Radio Network in South Carolina. He then moved up morning to news anchor at WKIX(FM) in Raleigh, then on to WSGN(FM), Birmingham, Ala.; he then spent four years at WBT(AM), Charlotte, N.C.
Limerick moved north to Boston and WHDH(TV) in 1977, prior to relocating to Washington and ABC’s WRQX(FM) in 1979.
In 1982, Limerick joined ABC News Radio, where he is estimated to have delivered 100,000 newscasts. In addition to his newscasts, he was a regular fill-in for Paul Harvey and he has voiced the daily feature “Doug’s Limerick” for many years.
Limerick lives with his wife Robin, who is credited for supporting his career. They have three grown daughters, three grandsons and a granddaughter on the way.