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Depriving morning radio fans everywhere of their requisite dose of casual verbal cruelty—provided they don’t have a more local “shock jock” whose arms and soundboard they can turn to—radio host Don Imus has announced that he’s retiring, presumably to spend more time with his giant cowboy hat. Variety reports the news, which comes after Imus’ 47 years on the air—give or take a firing or a sudden forced switch of network here or there—with his syndicated show, Imus In The Morning.

Imus, who’s 77, has reported a number of health problems in recent years, which presumably contributed to the decision to retire. He currently broadcasts out of New York’s WABC, which is owned by the financially troubled Cumulus Media. He’ll broadcast his last show on March 29.