Longtime Radio Broadcaster Larry Barnes To Retire

Longtime radio broadcaster Larry Barnes has announced he is retiring.

Barnes began work with the Lamm family at 1270 WMPM Radio in Smithfield in 1973. In 2007 when the Lamm’s purchased 1090 WTSB Radio in Smithfield, Larry moved to WTSB.  He has also been heard on WTSB FM 105.5 since last Fall.

Larry has been the weekday morning show host for the past 44 years. He has also worked behind the scenes at both stations assisting with production and programming duties. His last day on the job will beWednesday.

“Larry has been an integral part of our team and will be missed,” stated WTSB and WMPM Radio Station owner Carl Lamm. “We wish Larry the best during his retirement. We’ve ask him to come back and visit with us anytime he can.”

“I want to thank the Lamm family for allowing me to be a part of radio broadcasting in Johnston County for the many years,” Larry said. “I want to thank the listeners who have tuned in over the years. I will miss our radio listeners but still plan to be active in the community.”

Larry, 67, graduated from Smithfield High School in 1968.  He received an arts degree from Methodist College in 1972. He began work at WMPM in March 1973.

His wife, Jean, is a registered nurse at Johnston Health in Smithfield. They have one daughter, Lauren.  They are members at Princeton Church of God.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Larry is a true professional and has been a dedicated part of our community for as long as I can remember. Thanks Larry for the countless mornings you signed the station on and let us know if school was delayed, etc. it was also a great experience being able to work with you when I interned in college. There is no one better in the business when it comes to cutting a 30-second ad spot or timing in the news with perfection! Best wishes for a long and enjoyable retirement!!

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