It's been 21 years since outgoing operations manager Chris Jacobson started as a volunteer presenter at Wagga's 2AAA FM Community Radio Station; now he's been given the honour of being named a life member.
The surprise announcement was made at a farewell dinner at the Wagga RSL Club on Saturday night, overwhelming the guest of honour.
"Oh, absolutely surprised, I really didn’t expect it at all,” he said.
The surprises continued when Mr Jacobson’s children and grandchildren arrived at the farewell dinner, with son Troy travelling with his family from Wollongong.
A former electrical contractor, Mr Jacobson admits he "got the bug" to present a radio program after completing a training course, which is offered at the radio station every year.
Mr Jacobson’s has been the operations manager for 15 years, however the long hours have taken their toll.
He is stepping down from the role to focus on his health following a cancer diagnosis.
"I worked six days a week up there (at the station), for 12 hours a day and on-call. Now I plan to catch up on a lot of jobs, like hanging the curtains at last,” he said.
Colleagues of Mr Jacobson’s said his daily presence would be missed.
“I’ve worked with Chris every day for 15 years and every day was a pleasure,” breakfast presenter Steven Spink said.
“In all that time, not even one teeny argument.
“I’ll miss him.”
Jean Haste OAM presented his award and said Mr Jacobson was deserving of the honour.
“Chris has worked so hard, way beyond our expectations,” she said.
“He’s been a wonderful asset for 2AAA FM and we wish him a peaceful, healthy retirement.
“But we are pleased that he will continue as a presenter.”
Mr Jacobson will still be presenting the Friday afternoon Drive program from 3pm to 6pm.