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Radio veteran Dean “Clairsy” Clairs has announced his shock departure from Mix 94.5 after 20 years with the station.

Clairs got his start at Merredin’s 6MD when he was 17 and has spent the past 30 years with Southern Cross Austero.

“I have decided that I’m going to finish up on the 11th of December,” Clairs told listeners this morning.

His breakfast co-hosts Matt Dyktynski and Kymba Cahill only found out “two days” ago, with Clairs that he couldn’t tell them until the last minute.

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“I’m leaving to go and tackle some other things in life and spend time with my family and our kids, to spend different kind of quality time, not getting up at 4am,” he said.

It comes just six weeks after Clairs teased his followers on Twitter about a life-long project coming to life.

“You know that feeling when you’re SO close to achieving something you’ve worked so long and hard towards! We’re there now 8 weeks to go!” he wrote.

Co-host Cahill became emotional during the announcement, saying the two days notice wasn’t enough and that she was “not ready to speak about it”.

Dyktynski told listeners that it was a decision Clairs was able to choose for himself.

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“Very few people in our industry or across the media industry get to do that,” Dyktynski said.

“The fact that you get to say, ‘I’m done, I’m out’.”

Camera IconSCA’s Pete Curulli is rumoured to be taking over from Clairsy Credit: Pete Curulli/instagram/supplied, Pete Curulli/instagram

Hit 92.9’s Pete Curulli is rumoured to replace Clairs as the shows anchor after his breakfast show with co-hosts Xavier Ellis and Juels Jarry was axed in preparation for the station to be transformed into a Triple M.

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