Felicia Middlebrooks

Felicia Middlebrooks, anchor at Entercom news WBBM Chicago (780), is leaving the station at the end of the month after a nearly four-decade run.

“It is bittersweet to announce that after more than 35 years of connecting daily with our listeners, one of the greats of our business, Felicia Middlebrooks, has decided to retire,” Director of News and Programming Ron Gleason wrote in an internal memo obtained by Inside Radio. “Felicia was a pioneer in 1984, becoming the first woman in the country to anchor morning drive in the all-news format, let alone the first black woman to do so. Back then, no one could have imagined she would help chronicle the lives of six different Chicago mayors, six presidents, seven Illinois governors and 10 senators from our state.”

In a statement posted to Facebook, Middlebrooks wrote, “On May 29th, I’m dropping the mic, at least for daily radio news. I’m not retiring. I’m rewiring. I’m transitioning to long form storytelling on a multi-media platform, which will include documentaries and feature films, audiobooks and other projects, through my company Saltshaker Productions… My career at Newsradio 780 has been the joy and honor of my life, the fulfillment of a dream, a wonderful remarkable journey for which I am deeply grateful.”

Middlebrooks says her first venture is the podcast “She Matters,” which focuses on empowering women.