Bob Murray, long-time central Illinois broadcaster and host of the WTAX Morning Newswatch, has announced he is taking an extended medical leave of absence due to health concerns.
Murray, known for his decades of service in both radio and television, says health issues have forced him to make this decision. He’ll spend time with his family and focus on his health.
“For more than a decade Bob Murray has been a morning staple with Springfield and area radio listeners as he provided the news, sports, entertainment and information that helped them get their day started with MORNING NEWSWATCH,” said Capitol Radio Group General Manager Alan Beck. “Bob is a true radio professional and a throwback to the days when legendary AM morning hosts connected with and were loved by their listeners. He is truly one of the best of all time. Bob will be sorely missed.”
“Bob is the definition of an industry professional,” said WTAX News Director/Brand Manager Alex Degman. “His dedication, love for his job and rapport with his audience is unmatched by anyone I’ve worked with. He left his mark on central Illinois broadcasting, a mark that likely won’t be matched.”
Murray’s leave is effective immediately and WTAX has secured the services of long time broadcaster Joey McLaughlin to step in as host of the Morning Newswatch.
Anyone wishing to send best wishes to Bob Murray may do so by sending all cards and letters to:
Capitol Radio Group
3501 E. Sangamon Ave.
Springfield, IL 62707