After 17 years at the microphone at KS95 and many more years elsewhere, Larry "Moon" Thompson bid farewell to faithful listeners on Friday evening.
"My career ended at 7pm tonight. To all who sent me messages and posted such kind words....Thank you," Moon wrote in a tweet late Friday night. "And thank you for listening all these years. The team i had at KS95 was the dream team. Special thanks to Staci. Bangs. Blake. And Hubbard Radio. You helped my dreams come true."
Moon announced in August that his health was forcing him to step away from radio, as he continues to battle multiple sclerosis. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2005.
"Sometimes in life you don't get to choose what goes on and my health is now making my decisions for me," Moon said when he shocked listeners with his announcement on Aug. 3. "For the last 14 years this thing has taken things away from me that I love. Like dancing with my wife, and playing with my kids and stuff. It's made a mess of things. But I just kept coming back, and I got to play radio star. And I'm so damn glad I did."
It doesn't appear that audio of Moon's final words on air are available online yet, but Moon went out in style, playing a clip of "Baby Shark" to make people laugh, then drawing on tears with his final song selection, Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying."
Governor Tim Walz honored the radio star by proclaiming Friday to be Moon Day in the State of Minnesota.
The show goes on without Moon beginning Monday, when the "Moon and Staci" show transitions as the "Staci and Hutch" show, featuring Staci Matthews and Greg Hutchinson.
Hutchinson comes from Mankato where he was known as "Brad Steele" at Z99.
In 2015, Hutchinson tried to set the world record for longest radio show by broadcasting for eight days and eight hours consecutively. The attempt was stopped after two days and 18 hours when he passed out due to a rise in blood pressure, according to the Mankato Free Press.
The record attempt was an effort to raise money for Mankato nonprofit Leisure Education for Exceptional People.