WAMU’s Fred Fiske, 91, to retire this week

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Fred Fiske, senior commentator at WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C., is retiring at age 91 on Tuesday (Sept. 27), which marks his 64th anniversary on the local airwaves. “It’s been a wonderful ride,” he said in his final commentary on Monday. Fiske started on radio as a child actor in the 1930s. His career includes serving as a presidential announcer and veteran affairs commentator for Mutual Broadcasting, providing live coverage of the inaugurations of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. During the 1950s, Fiske hosted a midday pop music program at Mutual’s WWDC, and soon became Washington’s highest-rated music host. He arrived at WAMU in 1977. He’ll be honored at WAMU 88.5’s 50th anniversary gala on Oct. 29.

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