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Vt. Hall of Fame broadcaster steps away from microphone

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

His voice has been familiar to thousands of Vermonters for more than 50 years, but now radio broadcaster Brian Harwood says it is time to take a break.

"Let's start with a little bit of celebratory music," said Harwood.

Three years ago Brian Harwood was cheering WCVT's new stronger broadcast signal, but recent news for Harwood's classical music listeners was a blow. The Vermont Hall of Fame broadcaster stepped away from the microphone and into retirement.

"It just seemed like it was a good time to step away and... say goodbye," said Harwood.

Mornings on WCVT Radio was his latest gig, but Harwood's been in Vermont media for decades.

"Sixty years. I started at WDEV in 1954 and I worked in St. Albans. They owned the station up there. I've done a lot of other things during those 60 years, started an ad agency worked for the telephone company, worked for a regional medical program, I worked for a congressman and I always kept drifting back, some way into the radio sphere," said Harwood.

He even was a reporter and host of "Dance Date" at WCAX in the 1960s, but TV did not hold the allure of radio.

"It's personal and this last 17 years at the classical station I go in at 5:30 a.m. and I'm alone in the studio. I had kind of subdued lighting, it was me and the music and the microphone and it was very personal to me to be able to just talk about the music I was playing, or the weather outside, or whatever it happened to be and be comfortable doing that as if I was sitting in your living room talking to you," said Harwood.

As for WCVT, after Harwood stepped away the station is stepping away from classical music. The station is switching formats July 1 to contemporary music and news.

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