Danny Fontana, a national financial and investment expert, has retired as managing director for Wachovia Securities to return to the airwaves for the first time since 2002 on a nationally syndicated radio show.

Fontana’s last day on the job was Wednesday, according to an employee at the branch where he worked in uptown Charlotte. He had worked with Wachovia Securities for 19 years.

In a statement, the Charlotte-based firm said Fontana has “long been a valued and respected associate.” Marcia Tillotson, a 10-year veteran of Wachovia Securities, replaces him as uptown office manager.

Fontana began delivering weekday economic and investment commentaries on radio in 1992. The following year, he added television to his schedule, delivering commentaries on a local morning newscast.

In January of 1997, The Danny Fontana show premiered in Charlotte on WBT 1110 AM, the same station that will carry his new show, which is set to make its debut May 2. National syndication is planned for the fall.

Reportedly, Fontana also has a book deal with Revell Publishing, a division of Baker Books. His book, entitled “Talent Investing”, is scheduled for publication in 2005.

Fontana’s first book, “Waking Up To Wall Street”, was published in 1995. Another, entitled “Why Smart People Do Dumb Things With Their Money”, also was recently released.

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