Jim Bergamo (KVUE photo)

Jim Bergamo will retire from the TV news business next week, wrapping up a 36-year broadcast career.

His final day on the air will be Aug. 21. The following week, he’ll start a new job with the Pulte Group, working as a sales consultant in Georgetown’s Sun City development.

“I’m eagerly looking forward to the next chapter,” Bergamo said. “I’m very happy with what I’ve been able to do over the years and I’m very blessed to have KVUE be the last stop in my run.”

For the past nine years, Bergamo has worked at KVUE, where he currently co-anchors the 5 p.m. news with Quita Culpepper and serves as the station’s medical reporter. Before jumping to KVUE, he worked at two other Austin stations: KEYE and KXAN.

Bergamo got his start in 1979 as the weekend sportscaster at station KPLC in Lake Charles, La., where he – coincidentally – worked alongside Robert Hadlock, who now anchors KXAN’s evening newscasts. Other stops on Bergamo’s road to Austin included cities such as New Orleans, Houston and Miami, as well network broadcasts on ABC and ESPN.

“KVUE has been wonderful to me. The management here has been wonderful,” Bergamo said. “But a lot of businesses are changing – not just broadcast news – and I feel like this is no longer a business for a guy like me. I feel like it’s time to go in a different direction.”

After a career spent bouncing around the U.S., Bergamo says he’s excited to be able to stay in Central Texas – a part of the country he’s grown to love.

“The viewers here have always been wonderful, so receptive,” he said. “That’s why my wife and I decided a long time ago to stay in Central Texas.”