RADIO legend Ralph Pixton has finally hung up his headphones after more than 40 years with RTHK's Radio 3. Three months after he was taken off the air for a 'rest', he and the station concede his presenting days are over. 'I'm 66 and I've had a good innings,' Pixton said yesterday. 'Suddenly I feel that the years begin to catch up. 'When you're over 60, things slow down a bit. For many years I was the anchor man, getting up every morning at 4am. 'If you do that for over 30 years, which I did, then I think you have had enough after that. 'I've enjoyed my years but most of my contemporaries have gone to the great studios in the sky. I hope to hang on for a bit longer.' Pixton established himself as a Sunday institution with his morning talk-back programme Open Line, which attracted a strong following of regulars who called in to complain about everything from passport problems to air pollution. 'Open Line ran very successfully for over 20 years and helped a hell of a lot of people,' he said. 'It was fun and it introduced thousands of people to a style of radio which was really quite new and in advance of its years. I think we were even ahead of the BBC then. 'People miss it but so many who used it have left. The time had come to give it a rest.' Radio 3 head Martin Clarke said Stuart Clarkson - who spent a decade producing for Pixton and took over the Sunday slot three months ago when failing health forced Pixton to take the break - would continue in the chair. Clarkson's show is music only, without the Pixton-style talkback. 'We've got phone-ins throughout the week and on weekends now, so that's pretty well covered,' Mr Clarke said. 'It's very hard to replace Ralph. He's such a personality in his own right and he's had his loyal fans over the years. 'We might bring back a similar format some time in the future, but we'd have to have the right person.' Pixton said modern radio was not really to his taste. 'Today's music is not my scene. I was brought up in the 30s and 40s listening to what I consider to be good music,' he said. '[Veteran Radio 3 presenter] Ray Cordeiro still plays a nice choice at night and you still get music with a melody, but he's over 70.' Pixton was born in Bermondsey, east London, and first came to the Far East as a military policeman with the army during World War II. He was a tea planter in South India briefly, then took to the stage, returning to Asia as part of a travelling Shakespearean theatre group. Pixton arrived in Hong Kong in 1961 and joined RTHK the next year. Pixton plans to continue with his private tuition in presentation skills. 'I'll do what anybody else does at 66 - I'll make myself available for anybody who needs whatever talents I have.' Friends said he was 'almost married to RTHK' and he will be staying. 'I've been here 40 years and it's my home' he said.