Face of the day

Larry Williams

After an extraordinary 27 years, Newstalk ZB’s award-winning Drive host, Larry Williams, is stepping down.

Having tried to hand in his resignation two years ago, Head of Talk Jason Winstanley says he’s reluctantly agreed to finally let Williams enjoy his long-planned retirement.

The last day of Larry Williams Drive will be Thursday 18 April.

[…] Barry Soper, who has done a daily political segment with Williams since the Drive show started, said he’s a top broadcaster who will be sorely missed.

“Larry is very matter of fact,” Soper said. “There’s no mincing words. You always know exactly what he thinks, and in many ways that’s been one of his strengths, that he’s never left anyone in any doubt.

“The funny thing is, a number of people have always said to me, ‘do you actually get on with Larry’, because we often argue on air. In fact we are very good mates. But when we are on air it’s strictly business and Larry, on a number of occasions, has different views to me, and we both beg to differ on a number of issues.

“He’s always willing to have a good argument.”

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