The long-running “Kojo Nnamdi Show” on WAMU, featuring regional news programming for the D.C. region, will end production this spring.

WAMU announced last week that after 23 years the host’s [Nnamdi’s] final live show will air on Thursday, April 1.

The station says Nnamdi approached WAMU over a year ago with his desire to step back from his daily duties on the mic but still stay engaged with the community.

With his four-decades-long commitment to journalism, he will continue to host “The Politics Hour” on Fridays which features journalist Tom Sherwood and provides a forum for the public to engage with their elected public officials.

Additionally, Nnamdi will continue to serve as an ambassador for the station through his revamped “Kojo In Our Community” event series.

These events — about six per year — will remain true to the original format, allowing the legendary radio host to convene conversations in communities across the region on topics that count among the most important for residents.

“My relationship with WAMU started with me as a listener, was strengthened through my friendship with Diane Rehm, and was bonded when Mark Plotkin, Steve Martin and Diane convinced me that I could play a significant role at WAMU,” Nnamdi said.

“That role owed a great deal to WAMU’s commitments to understanding the Washington region across racial lines — the lines which too often divide us.”

“That commitment continues, and I will continue to be a part of it as host of ‘The Politics Hour’ and as a frequent broadcast presence in our community through the ‘Kojo In Our Community’ events.”

“I’m grateful to all of the amazing producers and support staff who contributed to my impact over the years — and hopeful they never reveal that they do most of the work — and I am very much looking forward to this next chapter in my relationship with WAMU,” he said.

WAMU says they will delay the launch of a new regionally-focused show in an effort to spend time reflecting and assessing the changing needs of the community. In the meantime, beginning April 5, “The Takeaway” from WNYC Studios will fill the noon – 1 p.m. time slot.

“We’re so grateful to Kojo for all of his contributions to WAMU and the legacy of outstanding local journalism that he and his team have created with ‘The Kojo Nnamdi Show,’” said Monna Kashfi, WAMU’s chief content officer.

“He has been an essential and powerful voice for our local communities for the past 23 years and I’m delighted that he’ll stay connected to the station and the community both on-air and through the upcoming event series.”

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