12/24/2014 02:46 EST | Updated 02/23/2015 05:59 EST

CBC Almanac host Mark Forsythe signs off after 30 years

Broadcaster and author Mark Forsythe hosts his final show on B.C. Almanac at noon today after 30 years on the air.

- CBC Radio One Listen Live

Forsythe, who earned the nickname Mr. B.C. for his extensive knowledge of the province, first joined CBC Radio in 1984 as a host in Prince Rupert. He later moved to Kelowna, and then to Vancouver to host The Afternoon Show in 1991.

In 1996 he became the host of B.C. Almanac, CBC Radio One's provincewide noon show. The popular show has earned a place in listeners' hearts with its popular call-ins and frequent road trips to host broadcasts from all corners of the province.

Forsythe announced earlier this year that after 30 years with CBC, he planned to retire after the annual Christmas Card of the Air show on Dec. 24.

Listeners are invited to send their greetings to family and friends across B.C. between noon and 1 p.m. PT by calling toll free to 1-800-825-5950, or in the Lower Mainland to 604-669-3733, or *690 on cellphones.

Those online can also tweet to @bcalmanac. We'll post a collection of the best tweets online after the show.

Follow our live blog during the show at noon

While Forsythe is retiring from CBC, the four-time author says he still plans to spend time exploring and learning about the landscape, history and people of B.C.

B.C. Almanac's new host Gloria Macarenko will take over the show in the new year.