Two local country radio legends retire

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two local legends in country radio signed off Friday, hanging up their headphones and riding into retirement.

Rusty Walker has been doing crazy things on and off the air for more than 30 years. From playing country music to interviewing celebrities, and waking everyone up with that infectious laugh.

But she says now is the time to step back, and spend time with her family.

"Time slips through your hands, and the time to enjoy life, and do what my husband wants to do is now," Walker said. "Not that he doesn't enjoy me working, and of course he know how much I am passionate about my job, and what I do. But it's time for him, and for us right now."

She says this was one of the hardest decisions of her life.

"It's a big, big decision. It's not one I haven't really fought with. One minute I'm like, yes I'm sure. The next minute it's like, no. Why would I leave something I love so much? It doesn't make sense."

Walker says she and her husband plan to travel. They've packed up the RV and they plan to see the nation and enjoy the things she enjoys, riding horses and shooting.

"I know I'm having a lot of smiles, but I'm going to break down and cry like a big baby later on," Walker said before the tears flowed, as her daughter Sydney joined her on air.

"You've done so much," Sydney said. "You guys both have done so much. It'll be missed."

While she’s moving on, she says she'll always have the fun memories.

"Giving somebody prize money," Walker said. "Letting them win something they're trying to win, whether it's just a CD or the time we gave away 10,000 dollars cash in the Golden Horseshoe contest. I mean, what a moment. So exciting. Those are the most precious times that wrap up my career."

Marlena Adkison said her final farewell today after 41 years at KTPK. She was inducted into the Kansas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. She plans to travel as well. You can watch a special story on her here.