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Popular 94-Rock DJ Announces Retirement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Well-known morning radio announcer T.J. Trout, who has helmed one of the top-rated morning drive-time programs for 25 years, announced this week that he is retiring from KZRR-FM, 94-Rock.

Trout, whose program airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays, will celebrate his last day at the microphone Dec. 21.

In a statement posted on the 94-Rock website, Trout said that after he retires: “I plan to sleep, fish, sleep and fish some more, and when I’m done doing that I plan on doing absolutely nothing for about a year.”

His on-air companions, Swami Rob, Rainman and Skyler, will continue to host the program, said Chuck Hammond, regional marketing manager for Clear Channel Radio, New Mexico.

“We wish T.J. and his wife all the best, and we’re going to miss him,” Hammond said Friday. “He’s an amazing morning show talent and for 25 years has produced a top-rated morning program. It takes a special person to consistently be able to do that.”

According to Arbitron, the radio ratings and research company, the “T.J. Trout in the Morning” show has for six of the past seven ratings books been ranked the No. 1 morning show in the local market among the all-important 25-to-54 age demographic, Hammond said.

Look for the December issue of Boomer magazine in The Sunday Journal’s Christmas Day edition, featuring a profile of T.J. Trout.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal