Thursday June 7, 2012

ATLANTA -- Conservative talk radio host Neal Boortz has announced his retirement after four decades at the microphone, saying he will be replaced by former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

Boortz said that his last day will be Jan. 21, 2013, the day of the presidential inauguration. The 67-year-old Boortz said he is in good health and plans to enjoy retirement by traveling with his wife.

"This has been a stress-free job for me. It’s just been a total and absolutely joy," he said. "I’m going to miss everything associated with doing a talk radio show."

Boortz’s show is syndicated across the country through Atlan ta’s WSB radio, drawing about 6 million listeners on 230 radio stations.

Cain, a 66-year-old Atlanta businessman and former WSB radio show host, dropped out of the presidential race in December after al legations arose of sexual improprieties, which he denied. He will take over Boortz’ timeslot and be distributed to the same radio stations.

Cain is the former CEO of God father’s Pizza. Since dropping out of the GOP race, he has provided daily commentary on Boortz’s show and filled in when the longtime host went on vacation.

Boortz said he will do daily commentary for Cain’s show and will help out when the former politician takes a break.

"I couldn’t be happier. It’s going to be great," Boortz said.