Donnie Simpson Says Goodbye

Radio Legend Signs Off After 32 Years

By Tracee Wilkins
|  Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 8:55 AM EDT
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Donnie Simpson Says Goodbye

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Donnie Simpson's last day at WPGC.

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Donnie Simpson Says Goodbye

Legendary radio host Donnie Simpson signs off at WPGC.
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It was a party in the WPGC studios Friday morning, because after 32 years on Washington's airwaves, radio personality Donnie Simpson is signing off.

Celebrities from across the country called in to say farewell and thank you to the radio pioneer.

Simpson began in radio as a teenager in Detroit before coming to Washington. He was with 93.9 WKYS for 16 years before moving his morning show to WPGC 95.5 in 1993, where he spent 16 years.

It is reported that contract negotiations for Simpson fell through with CBS Radio. Simpson is not allowed to work on air in Washington for 13 1/2 months per the non-compete clause in his contract with CBS.

"This is a temporary separation until February 2011," Simpson told his listeners Friday morning, but did not reveal his future plans.

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