Jim Farley, long-time news director for Washington’s top-rated all-news WTOP(FM), has announced that he’ll be retiring at the end of 2013.
Under Farley, WTOP has maintained its high ratings and the news department has won almost every major news award. He notes that it has won nine Edward R. Murrow Awards in the last two years.
Farley came to WTOP in 1996 from ABC Radio Networks where he was managing editor. Farley got his start in radio as a “copy boy” at New York’s WINS(AM) in 1966. He was also the last NBC News vice president of Radio News before the network was sold in 1987. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate journalism at Fordham and New York University.
Farley doesn’t plan to retreat to a hermitage. He says that he’ll be a consultant for WTOP and its owner, Hubbard Broadcasting.