Kalamazoo County Commission Board Chair Julie Rogers with WKZO’s John McNeill. (Photo credit: Julie Rogers via Twitter)

By: Jeana Gondek, WKZO

WKZO’s newly retired John McNeill was recently recognized for his 40-plus years of radio reporting.

At Tuesday night’s Kalamazoo County Commission meeting, McNeill was presented with a special award.

The state tribute was created and written by Senator Sean McCann. It was also signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the entire state House and Kalamazoo County delegations.

It read, “For the past 50 years, John has been a dedicated radio broadcaster serving Kalamazoo and Battle Creek citizens with enthusiasm. His absence will be strongly felt by his employer and colleague, who greatly esteem his journalistic integrity and work.”

John began as a weekend broadcaster in Michigan City Indiana, was a co-founder of Western Michigan University’s WIDR-FM, and worked at a couple music radio stations before coming to Midwest Communications where he worked in news for 40 years.

Even though he’s hanging up the headphones, John says he’ll find ways to stay busy.

He hinted that he’s looking at other opportunities to stay involved and active in the community.