WTOP's Bob Madigan to retire at end of 2013

Madigan has worked in radio for nearly half a century. Photo: WTOP

(WJLA) - One of Washington's most recognizable voices - and faces - is hanging up his microphone.

Bob Madigan, the "Man About Town" who has been heard on WTOP for the past two decades, will retire at the end of 2013, the station announced Thursday.

Madigan's 50-year career in the media includes stops at WTOP, NBC News and NBC Radio. He served as an anchor, talk show host, reporter and financial correspondent before coming to Washington to become WTOP's social beat.

"Bob was a one-person 'good news' department covering everything from charity galas to scholarship awards and chili cook-offs for a good cause," WTOP Vice President of News Jim Farley said in a statement. "He covered so many events, that in less than a year on the beat, he was emcee, announcer or celebrity judge at many of them."

Madigan's accolades include an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Freedom Foundation Award and an Armstrong Award. He also served as the announcer for both of President Barack Obama's inaugural parades.