One of Cobb County’s favorite sons will soon be hanging up his microphone.
Ken Rodriguez, the sports director at Atlanta’s Fox 5, announced during the station’s 6 p.m. newscast Monday night that he would be retiring and thanked his viewers and colleagues.
Rodriguez’s last day on the job will be June 23, which he said would be followed by an extended engagement as a grandparent.
Following the broadcast, Rodriguez posted a more detailed announcement on his Facebook page.
“Dear friends! I want to take a moment to thank you all for your love and support over the years. Your notes have meant more to me than you know,” Rodriguez wrote. “In case you’re wondering — yes, THIS IS A RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT! After nearly three decades at FOX 5, I am moving on to the next phase of my life. Grandfatherhood, neglected hobbies and an intimidating honey-do list await me! (Hopefully some golf too!).”
Rodriguez graduated from McEachern High School in 1979. A two-time all-region tight end, he went on to play one season of football at Furman University in South Carolina before turning his attention to broadcasting and earning a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State.
Rodriguez joined Fox 5 in the mid-1990s and has remained at the station since, save for a short tenure with Fox Sports’ cable sports network. He quickly made the Atlanta sports broadcasts his own, including the development of “High 5 Sports,” a brand that has taken on a life of its own with its “In your face” credo.
A big part of that was the chaotic, off-the-cuff high school football highlight show Rodriguez would do every Friday night during the season. Whether it was Kennesaw Mountain, Mountain View, Grayson, Marietta or McEachern, each highlight was done with the same level of enthusiasm week in and week out, year in and year out — with maybe a slight extra nod to his alma mater in Powder Springs.
Now, after nearly 40 years in front of the camera, Rodriguez said it was time to take a step back and do other things.
“As you may imagine, I am overwhelmed with memories and emotions of my time working in my hometown. It is a dream come true!” Rodriguez, a Kennesaw resident, wrote in his Facebook post. “Most of all, I am grateful for the connection I have felt with all of you. You all have really made an impression on me! I hope my friends and colleagues at FOX 5 will have me back from time to time, so this is not a goodbye.”