Radio 3NE veteran Paul Konik, who hosted breakfast for 16 years, will end a 56-year career this week, declaring the fire has gone out

Mic off: Paul Konik will host his last radio show on 3NE on Friday afternoon, ending a career behind the microphone extending back to 1962 when he began at West Gippsland's 3UL. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
Mic off: Paul Konik will host his last radio show on 3NE on Friday afternoon, ending a career behind the microphone extending back to 1962 when he began at West Gippsland's 3UL. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

THE region’s most experienced radio announcer will hang up his headphones for the last time at 6pm this Friday.

Paul Konik, who hosted the breakfast shift on Wangaratta’s 3NE for 16 years until December is retiring.

In recent weeks the 74 year-old has done the 1pm to 6pm shift at the station which last year was sold to ACE Radio, which owns Albury’s 2AY.

“I woke up one morning and thought I can’t do this anymore,” Konik said.

“The fire’s gone out, it’s just like (Olympic champion) Cathy Freeman saying she just doesn’t have the fire anymore.

“I just don’t want to do it anymore.

“It’s nothing personal against anyone.

“The company might have thought it was a hostile act, that I didn’t like the new company, but I had just had enough.” 

For 13 years Konik commuted to Wangaratta from Kiewa where he operated an Arabian horse stud.

His love of skiing saw him broadcast from the alps and he will mark retirement by flying to Canada on Saturday to visit his daughter at a mountain resort.