by John Boyd
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
8:59 AM CST, January 21, 2013
He's been a staple of Wichita radio well over three decades. This morning, Dan Dillon announced he's leaving KFDI radio after 34 years.
Dillon has taken a job as media coordinator for Sedgwick County DA Marc Bennett. His last day is February 8th.
Each morning radio listeners have tuned into his trusted voice for breaking news.
“I was 26 when I got this job. So I started wondering well how long I can go here? I'd like to make it 5 years, but I made it a few more,” said KFDI news director Dan Dillon.
A few more turned into 34 years. He's covered politics to tragedies and natural disasters.
“What I'll remember most are the tornado touchdowns and the work we did covering these tornados,” said Dillon.
Tragedy is something he understands. He was anchoring here when he got word his own 16 year old son died in a crash.
“So covering stories like that involving young people that have been hurt in car crashes or injured in anyways was always a little more difficult after that, but now I knew exactly what those parents went through,” said Dillon.
His passion has earned him countless awards. His colleagues describe him as the ultimate professional.
“A page turns in the history of Wichita History with Dan Dillon being here for 33-34 years. The voice that's carried and held people through storms time in in the middle of the morning and late at night. That'll be a little different,” said KFDI assistant news director John Wright.
Wright jokes the only time his news neutrality dissipates- watching Nebraska football.
“Not so cool, calm and collected. He's a wild man in the stands,” said Wright.
Jokes aside, it’s a big adjustment for the Kansas newsman.
“I always enjoyed coming to work early and putting the news out there. That'll be a big change,” said Dillon.
He made the announcement on KFDI with Brian & Kellie Monday morning.
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