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Local radio icon signs off for the last time

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Renshaw says it wasn't easy deciding when to retire. Renshaw says it wasn't easy deciding when to retire.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

He's been a newsman in Siouxland for a quarter century. But, he's hanging up the microphone, and retiring.

"Different everyday," Randy Renshaw said.

That's how Renshaw, describes his career as a radio talk show host at KSCJ in Sioux City.  Renshaw began working in radio in the 1970s.

"There's not two days that were the same ever, and that's why I enjoyed it so much cause it was unpredictable, but again, far from being monotonous," Renshaw said.

He came to Sioux City in 1983. He began at KSCJ as a reporter, until, one day, the opportunity to host "Open Line," fell into his lap.

"Two guys that were doing the program way back when, left the station, and I was standing there with nothing to do one day, and they sat me down in a chair, and I've been doing it ever since," Renshaw said.

He says it wasn't easy deciding when to retire.

"I'll be 62 Sunday, so you know, at least in the federal government's eyes of age to leave while I can still walk upright, it may be the wrong decision, I've changed my mind about a thousand times," Renshaw said.

Dennis Bullock has worked with Renshaw for nearly 25 years, and he says it will be tough not to see him at work.

"Randy was always the voice of calm in a storm, he was also highly intellectual he never gave himself much credit for that, Randy was a guy that knew a little bit about a lot of things and I'm gonna miss that around the building," Dennis Bullock, KSCJ's General Manager said.

Sharon Shook, a listener who came out to see Renshaw's last day on air, says driving around Siouxland won't be the same without hearing his voice on the radio.

"He was just so easy no matter who he was talking to and he had a wide range of subjects, he was funny, he was interesting," Shook said.

And Renshaw says he'll miss listeners like Shook.

"Thanks for a great ride, it's been a privilege that a lot of people don't get to enjoy and take part in for so long, I'm just a really lucky guy," said Renshaw.

And while the discussion about what he'll do next is still up in the air, Renshaw says one thing is certain, he plans to spend more time with family.

"The horizon has a lot of potential, and I just don't know how specific it is right now, I want to spend some more time with my grandchild and my daughter," Renshaw said.

Although, Renshaw is officially retiring, he says, he may fill-in at the radio station if needed.

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