SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Iconic local sportscaster Howard Platt is retiring from broadcasting on local radio on May 12, according to a post Platt made on his Facebook page.
"My last day of doing Sportscasts will be Friday May 12th," Platt wrote. "I also will not be doing Legion play-by-play this year, except for possible fill-in roles."
Platt has been providing the community with play-by-play sports broadcasting since 1978 when he first came to Salisbury and WSTP/WRDX Radio.
Platt is a former North Carolina Sportscaster Of The Year, as recognized by the National Sports Media Association.
Currently, Platt does sportscasts for Memories Radio on WSAT in Salisbury and WTIX in Concord.
Over the years Platt established himself as a local legend with his steady and knowledgeable broadcasts of high school football and basketball, American Legion baseball, and even Davidson College basketball.
For many years Platt was also the partner with morning show host Doug Rice, then Mark Brown, and finally Kent Bernhardt on the WSTP Morning Show.
Platt may be as well known for his love of the Washington Redskins and North Carolina Tar Heels as anything else.
In his Facebook post, Platt cites recent health issues as playing a part in his retirement.
"Just want to do something different and I have limitations on my mobility due to my physical problems," Platt wrote. "I just want to do some other things and be free to do things I haven't done before. I appreciate all the support you as listeners and friends have given me in the past. This was my decision and I know I'll miss some aspects of the job."
Platt's Facebook post gained immediate reactions from his longtime fans.
"Thanks for all you have done Howard! It was a pleasure having you call the games I've played in," wrote Kevin McMillan.
"Congratulations my friend," wrote former Salisbury Post sportswriter Steve Phillips. "Glad I was there for a large part of your great career!"