ROCKFORD – John Chadwick, who has served as vice president and general manager at 13 WREX for 23 years, has announced his retirement.


He will remain at the company through the end of year as a consultant.


Josh Morgan will take over as station manager and will run day-to-day operations. He was news director.


Audrey Moon will replace Morgan as news director. She was assistant news director.


Tina Ryan, local sales manager for the station and Chadwick’s wife, also is retiring.


"Under John’s leadership the station has distinguished itself as a community-involved, market-leading station," Jim McKernan, regional vice president of WREX owner Quincy Media, said in a news release.


WREX has received multiple National Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence. The station is a media partner of the Register Star.


"I am proud of the accomplishments of the WREX team," Chadwick said.


Chadwick has served in community roles as past chairman and board member of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and past board member of Rockford Health System.


"We are extremely fortunate to have Josh Morgan in place to take over the reins, " McKerman said. Morgan worked at stations in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Paducah, Kentucky, before being hired at WREX in 2013.


Moon has been with 13 WREX since 2014.