Johnny Carson had Ed McMahon, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, and for the better part of the last 40 years Don Imus has had Charles McCord.

The veteran newsman/sidekick for the Imus in the Morning show officially announced his retirement, effective May 6. It was first reported by the Daily News this morning.

By the time the story hit newsstands, Imus was already discussing his longtime collaborator’s future. He said that McCord was looking forward to spending more time with his family. Imus added that the first order of business for McCord is to go fishing in Arkansas—alone. Imus told his 77 WABC listeners (and nationwide radio and TV audience) that Connell McShane of Fox Business Network (which simulcasts daily) will take over the news updates beginning Monday, May 9.   

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