Limerick, now an ABC News radio correspondent, will soon replace the late legendary Paul Harvey's timeslot starting Monday.
will be one of two broadcasters to fill Harvey's timeslot.
said, repeated them all back.
"It came down to a good memory," he
While at WOHS, Limerick
played music for what was then a Top 40 station.
Watson said he
wasn't surprised that Limerick
achieved such success later in life.
was capable," he
a legend for his
voice around here."
After attending Wake Forest University where he majored in Speech, Limerick joined the Air Force and ended up as a Russian linguist overseas.
From there he
worked at several stations in Monroe, Columbia, SC, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more, according to the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas
In a 1975 interview with The Star, Limerick
really got his
feet wet doing news at WKIX
For nearly two years he was morning news editor.
"actually learned how to report, how to write, edit and deliver."
day started at the break of dawn, 4:15 a.m.
"Many people asked me: why don't you try to get off the morning shift?
said, pointing out that the morning period- the "drive time" - is the "most important shift of the day."
"I love radio," Limerick
had been fascinated with broadcasting since he
was a kid.
That love of radio earned him two Edward R. Murrow awards, which recognizes outstanding contributions to public radio and honors those who have helped shape its direction.
"Most people think that all radio newscasters do is sit there and read material from the wire services," Limerick
previously told The Star.
But, "We rewrite all the information in our particular delivery style.
said "the most important thing is accuracy and impartiality."
own style, Limerick
said, "it's people oriented.
It's a conversational style, instead of talking down to people I try to talk to them."
has had the opportunity to interview celebrities such as Bob Hope, George Wallace, Spiro Agnew, and even Paul Harvey, the man whose shoes he
would eventually fill.
is married with three daughters and is also a grandfather.
currently resides in Fairfax Station, Va.