Alan Jones has signed off on a 35-year radio career this morning.
During the broadcast, Jones took time to thank all the people that had made the show possible, from the sales team to 2GB’s local coffee shop.
He even took time to thank the “loyal” advertisers that had stuck with the program for the past few decades, namely department store Peter’s of Kensington.
There was even a nod to the many legal controversies Jones has found himself in through his career, most recently the punishment handed down from ACMA over citing inaccurate climate change data.
“To the legal team: I’ve driven them nuts, I’m sure,” he said in his thanks.
As well as thanking those around him, Jones’s final broadcast also featured a number of high-profile guests singing their praise for the broadcaster.
“It’s an extraordinary career by any estimation,” former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rang in to say.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller also called to thank Jones for his support for the police.
Sky News broadcaster Peta Credlin described Jones as an “ombudsman of life”, while Bob Katter said “we’ll miss you”.
Jones’s global reach was put on show earlier in the week, when tennis great Roger Federer joined the chorus of celebrities farewelling the stalwart.
The video was reportedly deleted after generating some controversy.
Jones’s final guests appeared to join him just minutes before the end of the broadcast.
Mark Latham and Tony Abbott have just walked in the door,” Jones said at 8.40am. “They’ve brought some grog with them!”
As the clock hit 9am, Jones said his final goodbye to his radio listeners.
“That’s it from me,” he said.
Although today marked the end of his radio career, it is not the end of his stint in the media.
Jones will continue to write for News Corp and will also appear on Sky News.
His breakfast slot on 2GB is set to be filled by drive show host Ben Fordham.
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