'Moon' to sign off from Twin Cities radio after 17 years at KS95

He's stepping away from the microphone due to health reasons.
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One of the most recognizable names in Twin Cities radio will sign off after his final show on Friday. 

Larry "Moon" Thompson, 61, from KS95's "Moon and Staci" show is retiring after 17 years as co-host of the popular afternoon radio show.  

The reason Moon is signing off: Multiple sclerosis, the disease he was diagnosed with 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."

Moon told KSTP this week that he had 21 doctor appointments in August, and with a full-time job and therapy appointments it has become "overwhelming."  

"I'm been in radio since I was 16 years old. Besides working on my dad's farm it's the only job I've ever had," Moon said Aug. 3. 

Moon told the Star Tribune that taking away his microphone is like "taking away a guitar from Prince." 

His final show is Friday from 2-7 p.m., and we'll be sure to do a follow-up story documenting Moon's farewell. 

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