One of the most iconic voices in sports journalism announced his retirement on Thursday. José Ramón de la Morena (Brunete, November 21, 1956) leaves him. After 40 years on the air, the mythical radio presenter will put an end to his long radio career once this season concludes on June 30.
“Today I had to respond to Onda Cero’s offer. That offer was in December when my concerns were higher than this job. Those problems from then, thank God, have been solved, I have had a son who has come into the world healthy and I do not want to repeat past mistakes. If you are studying journalism, I tell you that this profession is exciting, but it is very expensive. It costs more than it is worth, it takes away things that you can no longer recover and gives you others that you have left over and that your children end up not appreciating. Neither they can understand what it has cost you nor do you know how to explain it to them. Life has given me this wink, that opportunity to recover those things that I let slip away and now I would have no excuses. I have officially told Onda Cero that at the end of the season I will not continue with this radio show, I cannot continue to arrive at my house at three in the morning … ”, De la Morena has expressed in the final section of El Transistor, their evening program.
The Madrilenian began his career just 40 years ago. In 1981 he joined the sports newsroom of Cadena SER and little by little he made a place for himself in said medium.
Eight years later he directed the program that would be his springboard to fame: El Larguero. De la Morena spent 27 seasons at the helm of the space and played a beautiful fight with José María García on nighttime sports radio.
In 2016 he ended his relationship with Cadena SER and ‘signed’ for Onda Cero to direct El Transistor.