WGY radio personality Chuck Custer, co-host with Kelly Lynch of the popular “Chuck & Kelly” morning show on News Radio 810 AM and 103.1 FM, announced his retirement today. Custer said his last day on the air will be Friday, Dec. 18.
Said a posting on WGY’s Facebook page, “Our own Chuck Custer announced his retirement this morning. He will be sorely missed.”
Custer, in an announcement on wgy.iheart.com, said, “It won’t be easy after 36+ years. I am not sick. I am not unhappy. I am not being pushed out the door. But…I am choosing to walk out the door. I’m retiring.”
Added Custer, who turns 64 in March, “The job is great. The hours are horrible. I look forward to sleeping later than 2:45 a.m. on weekdays. My wife just retired. Our granddaughter lives out of town and we miss her terribly. We want to move closer to her and avoiding another brutal Albany winter isn’t such a bad idea either.
“It’s time to prioritize and seek out the more important and meaningful aspects of life.”
He went on to mention that he has dealt with some health issues in recent years, including “a cancer scare” last year and a minor stroke in February.
A native of western Massachusetts, Custer joined WGY in 1984 from a job in Providence, Rhode Island. His first role was newscast anchoring and reporting. He later became the longtime sidekick to Don Weeks. After Weeks retired, Custer and Lynch were offered the opportunity to succeed him in the morning slot.
In his announcement, Custer gave credit to many on-air personalities, news directors and program managers — listing more than two dozen — who helped his career and made the station a success.
“It’s a big advantage to work with talented people and be associated with a ‘winner,’ ” said Custer, who was also a part of the station’s charitable endeavors, the “WGY Radiothon for the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med” and “WGY Christmas Wish Presented by Curtis Lumber.”
The “Chuck & Kelly” show is billed as “Everything you need to start your day. The latest breaking news, weather, traffic, exclusive interviews and fun. Whether it’s your kids’ health, your 401k or stupid criminals; it’s ‘Chuck & Kelly.’ “
Dozens of Facebook comments were posted this morning on the chuckandkelly page. A few of the comments:
— “I heard your announcement this morning with surprise, joy, and sadness.”
— “Congrats, gonna miss you in the morning. You and Kelly have been part of my morning commute for many years.”
— “I was listening when you did your first reading of the news and have enjoyed following your career over the years.”
— “Congrats Chuck. I have enjoyed you on the show and there will be a big hole to fill.”