Two personalities who have been mainstays of the Portland radio scene for years are retiring. John Erickson and Bruce Murdock, longtime fixtures at iHeartMedia Portland’s K103, have announced they’re retiring as on-air hosts of the “K103 Morning Show,” as of Dec. 20.
But they’re not going out without a party. According to iHeartMedia, the duo’s last day on the air will be celebrated with a special live broadcast, airing from the iHeartRadio Theater in Portland. The Christmas-themed show will feature a live studio audience, and special guests including Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson, the Pacific Bell Ringers, the Beat Goes On Marching Band, area high school choirs, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself. The show will happen from 6-10 a.m. on Dec. 20.
As iHeartRadio says in a press release, Murdock has hosted the “K103 Morning Show” since 2004, and Erickson has been “delivering news and information to Portland radio listeners on K103 since 1985.” Erickson and Murdock have also hosted programs at other Northwest stations, and both have been active with local charitable organizations.
In the press release, Murdock says, “Rarely does someone get to do what they love to do every day for an entire 45-year career,” adding, “We’ve laughed and cried as one and that’s what’s most special to me – a meaningful connection between me and the hometown I love. I am so blessed and so grateful to have been a part of Portland’s legendary K103 with John and Janine, but now it’s time to pivot and focus on my family. I want to thank iHeartMedia and our listeners for everything.”
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