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Hank Brown signs off the air after 55 years

By Gary Liberatore

Hank Brown is known all around Central New York for his very popular radio show, "The Hank Brown Show," but on  New Year's Eve, he began a new part of his life -- retirement.

Tuesday morning, he broadcasted his final show on WUSP high atop the Adirondack Bank building in downtown Utica, telling listeners he will miss them.

"You're my audience. You're my radio family."

Brown is also well known for hosting Twistarama, a locally produced dance show thatspotlighted local bands in the Utica area in a manner similar to a local music scene like DIck Clark hosted on 'American Bandstand.'

"My first guest was Neil Sedaka," Brown said. "Not a bad first guest."

One of Brown's other first acts included Diana Ross and the Supremes.

He also went on to announce boxing and became so successful, he was part of the broadcast team at the 1976 Olympics.

But on Tuesday, he says his biggest accomplishment, was meeting his wife.

"With all my silly jokes and foolishness, she still like me," he said. "Not a lot, but she still like me a little bit anyhow."

That's one things listeners loved over the years: Brown's humor.

In one of his closing comments to listeners on Tuesday, Brown said, "I believe what I do and I do what I believe and I really do. I hope that you don't forget me, because I won't forget you.  Ok, love you, take care."

Brown says he will still be announcing boxing matches several times a year down at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but will now have more time to spend with his family and his charity work.

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