Arnold Kleiner is hanging ’em up after nearly a half-century in the local TV and radio news game. The exec, who has spent the past 18 years as President and General Manager of KABC-TV Los Angeles, said today that he will retire at the end of January. Before relocating to L.A., Kleiner was President/GM of KFMB-TV and AM/FM San Diego.

The New York native began his career as in 1968 as an account exec for a Pittsburgh radio station. The following year Kleiner took a KABCsimilar job at WJZ-TV Baltimore and later worked for Group W Television Sales in Chicago and Boston before taking a sales manager gig for the company in New York. He had made stops in Baltimore and Philadelphia before moving to KFMB in 1993.

Kleiner has earned a shelf full of awards during his career, including the 2005 NAACP President’s Award from the Beverly Hills Hollywood Chapter, the Coro Foundation’s Crystal Eagle Award for excellence in leadership in 2007 and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 CEO of the Year Award and the Community Coalition’s Ruben Salazar Award for his and KABC’s commitment to community engagement and diversity.

“I’ve been so lucky to have had such a long and rewarding career in the television business,” Kleiner said in a statement. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with an amazing group of people, and I’m very glad to have helped build KABC-TV into the great station it is today.”