John A. Gamblinghost of Rambling with Gambling on
WOR/New York City entertained morning radio listeners six
days a week for over 30 years.
After Dartmouth, he became production assistant for his father,
John B. Gambling, and later filled in for him on occasionuntil
1959 when John B. retired and John A. took over the program. Morning
drive-time easy listening evolved into all talk
and included weather, consumer reports, sportscasts with personality
and the first helicopter traffic reports on radio.
According to columnist and fan James Brady, Johns incorrigible
optimism is his on-air trademark and unofficial motto. Sportscaster
Don Criqui has observed what you hear on the air is what he
is off the airIve never seen him have a bad day.
It is known that John A. Gambling was always genuinely fond of the
competitionanother part of what made him the outstanding broadcaster
he was and is.
When John A. retired in 1991, his son, John R. Gambling, continued
as host of the morning show on WOR/New York until September 2000.
Three generations on the radio... radios oldest dynasty
theyve been called. Quite a legacy.
John A. Gambling died on January 8, 2004 of heart failure.
John A. Gambling was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.
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