BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local radio staple announced his retirement live on two forms of on-air waves, both over News 4’s Wake Up program and during 97 Rock’s live Make A Wish charity broadcast.

Larry Norton, the host of 97 Rock’s Norton Show announced he is hosting his last radio-thon live on-air Thursday, but promised he wouldn’t be departing from 97 Rock airwaves permanently when he retires at the end of the year. The local staple who has broadcasted for more than 40 years, said he would be focusing the next chapter of his life on charity and his church.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to work with a true professional and iconic radio legend over the past few years, and I wish Larry all the happiness that comes with retirement,” Steve Bearance, vice president for Cumulus Buffalo, said. “He will always be a part of 97 Rock and it is truly great to see that all of western New York will be able to enjoy his last 80 days live on air.”

Norton became overwhelmed with emotion while announcing his retirement, but relied on his fellow 97 Rock staff to push through the announcement.

Watch the video above to see Norton’s announcement and learn more about the Make A Wish radio broadcast. Those interested in supporting making dreams come true can call in to (716) 644-9797.

Over his 40 years behind the mic, Norton helped raise $2.8 million for the Make A Wish foundation.