Johnny Western to retire Saturday

Legendary country and cowboy music radio announcer Johnny Western, who has performed with the likes of Gene Autry and Johnny Cash, has announced his retirement.

Western, 75, will take his final on-air bow on Wichita's KFTI on Saturday, according to the station's Web site. He began working for the station (formerly KFDI) in 1986.

He began hosting his own full-time radio show as a teenager in the 1940s. He wrote and performed, "The Ballad of Paladin," the theme song, "Have Gun - Will Travel, a television series that ran from 1957-63.

Western was named the 2008 Disc Jockey of the Year by the Western Music Association. He has been inducted into several halls of fame.

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