Jim Philips Announces Retirement from Real Radio 104.1

Orlando, FL – November 12, 2018 – iHeartMedia Orlando today announced the retirement of noted talk show host Jim Philips. The final live “The Philips Phile” will air from 3 – 7 p.m. on November 20, 2018 on Real Radio 104.1.

Real Radio 104.1 will also celebrate Philips retirement with a special “Phinal Philips Phile” tribute show on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 3 - 7 p.m.

Jim Philips on WTKS

For more than 30 years, Philips has hosted “The Philips Phile” weekdays from 3 - 7 p.m. on Real Radio 104.1. During that time, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Central Florida charities including The Mustard Seed and A Gift For Teaching and has dedicated countless hours to causes including first-amendment issues, adult literacy, mentoring at-risk youth and championing LGBTQ rights.   

The University of Florida graduate has also received numerous awards and honors including the Debbie Simmons Community Excellence Award lifetime achievement honor and has been recognized as the “Best Radio Personality” more than a dozen times by readers of the Orlando Sentinel, the Watermark and the Orlando Weekly. In addition, “The Philips Phile” was awarded “Best Radio Show” Orlando Magazine for several years.

Jim Philips (like his politics, far left) circa 1971

“It has been a great 50-year career and now it is time to move on with the next phase of my life,” said Philips. “I can’t thank the Orlando community enough for letting me into their homes, their cars and their offices for all this time.”

“As a broadcaster, Jim Philips is unmatched not only in Orlando, but nationwide,” said Linda Byrd, Division President for iHeartMedia. “He will be missed by his listeners and by his iHeart family. We are grateful that Jim chose to call iHeartMedia Orlando his radio home all these years and we wish him all the best in retirement. Now Jim, go do what you’ve always told your listeners – eat dessert first, grin like a dog, wander aimlessly, pound your conch as often as you can, buy your books with cash and eat some ants.”

After Philips’ retirement, "The Jim Colbert Show" will air on Real Radio 104.1 WTKS Orlando from 3-7 p.m. beginning Monday, November 26, 2018.

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