Rick Cluff announces retirement from the CBC

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We’re soon going to be missing a veteran radio voice in Vancouver: Rick Cluff announced his retirement from the CBC today, bringing to an end a over 40-year career with the broadcaster and a 20-plus year tenure as host of CBC Radio Vancouver’s “Early Edition” morning show.

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Cluff first took up “The Early Edition” hosting duties in September 1997. Prior to that, Cluff began at CBC in Ontario in 1976 as a reporter and sports commentator.

Well known for his love for all things sports, Cluff has covered “eight Olympic games, five Commonwealth games, Super Bowls, Stanley Cup runs, and several Canada games as well as various world championship events from the South Pacific to the Arctic Circle,” according to CBC.

“It has been a remarkable 41 years with the CBC, but all things must come to an end,” says Cluff.

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“It has been both my privilege and my pleasure to be part of your morning as host of The Early Edition. To be invited into so many homes every morning, to be part of your morning routine, to be allowed to tag along on your morning commute is something for which I am extremely grateful and will treasure forever. Thank you for being there… thank you for listening.”

Cluff, who was absent for a few weeks this year for health reasons, will be at the mic for his last “Early Edition” broadcast on Friday, December 22. The broadcast will include a number of tributes to Cluff from colleagues and friends.

Meanwhile, a new “Early Edition” host will be named on December 11. This leaves a lot of CBC Vancouver listeners wondering if “On the Coast” host and frequent “Early Edition” fill-in host Stephen Quinn will make the move from the evening commute to the morning hours, or if CBC has something else in mind.

Lots of reactions and tributes have been coming in on Twitter this morning: