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Buffalo Legend Norton to Retire

Four decades of radio service in Buffalo

WGRF(FM)’s legendary Larry Norton has announced a planned retirement in December.

Norton has been with the Cumulus Media Buffalo, N.Y., station since 1984, and the Buffalo native has stayed close to home by working in Buffalo radio for over 40 years, starting with WPHD(FM).

His legendary exploits include a 20-hour marathon of music by The Police in 1984 to coax them to come to Buffalo and a Guinness Book of World Records 40-day broadcast occupation of a Ferris Wheel at the Darien Lake Amusement Park in 1985.

Over the years, Norton has been very actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, purportedly raising $2.8 million for the Western New York chapter. He’s also known as a prominent promoter of the city of Buffalo.

WGRF Program Director John Hager said, “Larry has been the ‘rock’ of 97 Rock for over three decades. His name is synonymous with the station, charity and Buffalo. We thank him for his many contributions to our station and community and wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Norton plans to spend more time with his wife, along with being more active with charity work and the community of Buffalo.