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77WABC Remembers Bernie McGuirk

Curtis Sliwa and Frank Morano anchored the coverage during the usual Bernie & Sid In The Morning timeslot. They welcomed a bevy of guests to discuss the life and legacy of McGuirk.

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77WABC was in the unenviable task of remembering Bernie McGuirk Thursday morning after the morning host passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with prostate cancer.

Curtis Sliwa and Frank Morano anchored the coverage during the usual Bernie & Sid In The Morning timeslot. They welcomed a bevy of guests to discuss the life and legacy of McGuirk.

Station owner John Catsimatidis told the crew he was told Wednesday evening that McGuirk was likely to pass. “I knew something was wrong because every Sunday I would go to church and light a candle for Bernie. And last Sunday, I lit a candle and I would send it to Bernie by texting it to him. And for the first time, I did not get an answer back. And I gulp in my stomach. There’s no other way to say it. You guys worked with Bernie for a long, long time, and you know how much more than I knew him. He was a great guy, he said it the way it was, and he people respected him because he would say it the way it was — the way he felt — without mincing any words. He has been missed for the last few months, and will be missed.”

Bill O’Reilly joined the program to discuss the legacy of McGuirk.

“It’s my honor to talk about McGuirk,” he said. “I always called him by his last name because that’s what Irish guys in New York do,” O’Reilly said before noting he and McGuirk have lived similar lives from their Irish home upbringing in the Bronx to news radio and television stardom.

“I put him on television with (Greg) Gutfeld for Gutfeld & McGuirk, as McGurik would demand, McGuirk & Gutfeld. And there were two together and me. And we would just kick it around. A fabulous segment, and he took that edge and brought it to WABC. When we think about Bernard McGuirk’s life, the capstone of his life was the enormous success he had with Rosenberg. I’ve said this before — and I don’t blow smoke with anybody, you guys at WABC know that — what Bernie and Sid have done in the morning is unprecedented. It’s never happened, not only in New York but anywhere in the country. You take a station that is basically over in the marketplace. Number 22 or 23. (John) Catsimatidis buys it, Lopez is there, they reconfigure the talent and now in the morning it’s number one.”

Sid Rosenberg spoke about the relationship he had with his co-host and friend.

“It’s a tough morning,” a somber Rosenberg said before thanking Sliwa and Morano for hosting the show, as well as those who had called in to remember McGuirk. “I spoke to Bernard last Wednesday — and I even made the comparison to Jim Caan’s character in Brian’s Song — his voice was so weak. We had a nice conversation. He thanked me for what I did at the Gala, and the last thing he said was ‘I love you’ and I said ‘I love you, too’. This is an immense loss. We knew this day was coming, but when it comes it’s not easy. Today’s not about me, but a lot of people turned their backs on me, but he never did. He never did. I’m just very sad today. Probably shouldn’t even call in, but I feel like I need to,” Rosenberg said as he fought back tears. “I’m gonna miss him.”

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  1. Anthony Charles Costa

    October 12, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Stand up guy. Very unique and funny. Mcguruk was hysterical. Will be missed. Rest in peace BM.

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1080 KRLD Adds The Chad Benson Show to Daily Lineup

“We’re excited to bring Chad and his wildly popular show to KRLD and deliver trusted news and insights to our listeners.”

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1080 KRLD is adding The Chad Benson Show to its daily lineup, going away from its all-news format to bring the program to Dallas listeners.

Beginning Monday, the show — specifically produced for Metroplex listeners — will air from 12-3 PM on the Audacy station.

“I’m so excited to be a part of KRLD, a legendary station with a long history in DFW and North Texas,” said Benson. “I look forward to connecting with listeners about the biggest issues we’re facing today.”

“We know our listeners trust KRLD for news updates, and now more than ever, where you get your information matters,” said Audacy News & Talk Format Vice President and Brand Manager of NewsRadio 1080 KRLD Drew Anderssen. “We’re excited to bring Chad and his wildly popular show to KRLD and deliver trusted news and insights to our listeners. His conversational, informative, and funny takes on issues will be a refreshing addition to our weekday programming.”

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New Jersey 101.5 Host Bill Spadea Announces Campaign for Governor

“There’s a lot of work to be done to restore common sense to New Jersey and I’m ready to get the job done for you.”

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Longtime New Jersey 101.5 morning host Bill Spadea has announced he’s running for the top office in the Garden State.

In a post to social media Monday morning, Spadea officially launched his campaign.

“I’m IN. I’m proud to announce that I’m running for Governor. There’s a lot of work to be done to restore common sense to New Jersey and I’m ready to get the job done for YOU,” Spadea wrote. “Now let’s get to work!”

New Jersey 101.5 has confirmed that Bill Spadea will remain on the air in his morning timeslot. “Until he becomes a legally qualified candidate, Bill will continue to fulfill his employment responsibilities entertaining and informing the local audience on NJ 101.5 airwaves and digital platforms, as he has done for the last nine years,” Townsquare Media, parent company of the news/talk station, said in a statement.

“As a company, and to be clear, Townsquare is and will remain neutral with respect to a Spadea candidacy and does not endorse any political candidates or parties. At the same time, Townsquare will continue to uphold the values of integrity and community involvement personified by our team members.”

It is not the first time the radio host has sought office in the state. In 2004, he unsuccessfully attempted to replace Rep. Rush Holt (D). Meanwhile, he also lost a 2012 race for an open seat in the state’s assembly.

The election is scheduled for 2025, with current Gov. Phil Murphy (D) term-limited from running for re-election. Other current Republican challengers include State Senator Jon Bramnick, real estate broker Robert Fanfield, former State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli, and former State Senator Edward Durr.

The 55-year-old Spadea will host his first campaign rally Tuesday in Whiting.

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Lee Harris, Kraig Kitchin, Phil Hendrie Elected to Radio Hall of Fame

“This class … exemplifies the highest standards of excellence that radio broadcasters have upheld throughout radio’s rich history…”

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Longtime 1010 WINS anchor Lee Harris and Premiere Networks co-founder Kraig Kitchin have been named to the Class of 2024 in the Radio Hall of Fame. Also, former talk show host Phil Hendrie was one of eight announced as members of the newly minted class.

“I’ve worked with a number of Hall of Fame inductees over the years and met many more, but they were giants and I never considered myself to be in their ranks. It’s humbling to be listed among them,” Harris told Barrett News Media. “I am happy that I get to represent the all-news format which is often highly rated but the talent tends to go uncelebrated. So I will be accepting on behalf of the many who worked and continue to work at those very important stations.”

“It’s an incredible honor and a most humbling one, at that,” Kitchin told Barrett News Media. “I am grateful for the recognition by the Radio Hall of Fame’s Nominating Committee. To be included among the names of the individuals also receiving induction this year, and in years’ past, is the part of this experience that makes me most appreciative.”

The entire class was announced Monday morning. Inductees include:

  • Lorrianne Crook and Charlie Chase (The Crook & Chase Countdown)
  • Lee Harris (Former 1010 WINS anchor)
  • Phil Hendrie (former comedy talk show host)
  • Jaime Jarrin (former Spanish radio play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Kraig Kitchin (Co-founder of Premiere Networks and Co-Chair of Radio Hall of Fame)
  • Barry Mayo (former GM of 98.7 WRKS in New York)
  • Mary McCoy (longest female radio career, began in 1951)
  • Matt Siegel (former Matty in the Morning host in Boston)

“The Radio Hall of Fame welcomes eight new members that have made a lasting impact on the industry. This class, like the ones before it, exemplifies the highest standards of excellence that radio broadcasters have upheld throughout radio’s rich history, making this medium so special to generations of listeners,” said Radio Hall of Fame co-chair Dennis Green. “These individuals have entertained, informed, and enriched listeners with their special talents, and it is an honor to recognize them as the Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2024.”

“Congratulations to each of our inductees this year on this well-deserved recognition,” added Museum of Broadcast Communications Chairman David Plier. “I am grateful to the members of the Nominating Committee for presenting a diverse and inclusive group of nominees again this year for industry consideration.” He continued: “Co-Chairmen Dennis Green and Kraig Kitchin are providing excellent leadership in involving so many industry voices to this annual induction process. I am appreciative of their many years of service and leadership.”  

The Radio Hall of Fame class of 2024 will be inducted in a ceremony on Thursday, September 19th at the Omni Nashville.

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