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Jim Farley Has Left The Building

12-27-13

Jim Farley started his broadcast career while attending Fordham University in 1966. He took a job as a copy boy at 1010 WINS in New York. A long and successful career was highlighted by his 17 years at WTOP where he was heavily involved in turning that station into the juggernaut it is today. Yesterday, Farley officially retired from his position as Vice President of News and Programming at Hubbard Radio's WTOP in Washington DC.

It was very emotional with a lot of hugs, goodbyes and cleaning out his desk. And, in keeping with his routine, even on his last day, Farley ate his lunch -- a sandwich brought from home -- at his desk while writing e-mails. There were a lot of people stopping by Farley's office to say goodbye, including several who came in on their day off. Farley admitted, "Leaving is harder than I thought it would be."

WTOP General Manager Joel Oxley said of Farley, Jim is legendary in our business, and deserves to be. His passion, creativity, energy, and intelligence have transformed WTOP from a second-rate product when he came here in 1996 to the best in the country today. He leads and inspires his people to be better every day. His enthusiasm is infectious not only in the newsroom, but throughout our entire operation and company. He is also one hell of a lot of fun to work with. I look forward to seeing him every single day and have for 17 years. Ill miss him a ton both personally and professionally, but I am thrilled for Jim that he is going out on top. Im also glad he is going to continue with WTOP as our programming consultant. Simply put, Jim is the best and I wish him nothing but the best!

Farley spent his last day making sure the staff was compensated for the station's recent ratings. "Everybody participates in the upside here, not just drivetime talent and the PD like most radio stations that still pay bonuses."  Laurie Cantillo will now officially take Farley's position at WTOP, Farley's been training her for months.

Read our 2013 cover story on Jim Farley which ran on May 20.
Contact Jim Farley at jfarley@wtop.com



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