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Farewell to Lloyd Moss, a WQXR Classic

MossHe was an announcer at classical station WQXR for 53 years until his retirement in 2006. Lloyd Moss died Saturday, the station confirmed to Tuned In. He was 86 and had Parkinson’s disease.

The Brooklyn-born broadcaster started his long association with ‘QXR in 1953. He left a staff position in 1971 to concentrate on acting and his voice-over work. But even during the sabbatical from WQXR, he hosted two shows.

The longtime afternoon announcer, Moss returned to the station on a regular basis in 1989.

“I never had the privilege of meeting Lloyd in person, but most certainly loved listening to him on WQXR when I moved to New York in 1995,” said Graham Parker, the Vice President and General Manager of WQXR, said on the station’s website. “His was a voice of a golden generation and his perspective on music and New York so utterly captivating.”

Moss added author to the resume, with the 1995 Simon & Schuster book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin.  

A paid obituary in today’s New York Times said Moss requested donations should be made in his name to The Innocence Project.

Photo: WQXR

New York Jocks React to Kidd Kraddick’s Untimely Death

KraddickRadio lost a legend over the weekend. David “Kidd” Kraddick was a staple of the Dallas airwaves for almost 30 years. He died Saturday at 53. New Yorkers finally got their chance to experience Kraddick’s morning show, when it was featured in Dish Nation, airs nightly on WWOR. The show includes WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill. Kraddick and his morning team joined Dish Nation‘s second season in September 2012.

Although not heard in New York, his morning show was syndicated to other markets in the country a dozen years ago.

Local air personalities reacted to his passing.

WKTU morning host Paul “Cubby” Bryant told his followers on Twitter yesterday, “I’m simply stunned waking up to the news of the passing of Kidd Kraddick. We lost one of the great ones.”

Kraddick died in New Orleans at a golf tournament for his Kidd’s Kids, a non-profit group founded to sponsor trips for terminally ill children.

“[I] met him at a couple of conventions,”  WCBS-FM’s “Broadway” Bill Lee, tells Tuned In. “He was always ‘fact-finding’ and definitely a nice guy who took his career seriously. Truly sad, a guy with so much to give, gone so young.”

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Family Ties Creator, Gary David Goldberg, Dead at 68

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Cast of Family Ties from 1986

By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

It was a story you had to stumble upon this week to find. It didn’t get anything close to the media coverage of James Gandolfini’s death. But Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg, who passed away last weekend of brain cancer, is deserving of his own tribute. The Brooklyn native died three days shy of his 69th birthday at his Montecito, California home.

Goldberg grew up in Bensonhurst, played basketball at Lafayette High School, and attended Hofstra University briefly.

He got his degree at San Diego State University and success would follow on the West Coast.

His legacy is Family Ties, which help launch Michael J. Fox into superstardom as Alex P. Keaton, a protégé of President Reagan. The show aired during his administration from 1982 to 1989.

“While the show was funny and so with the times, who can forget his great production company Ubu Productions logo after each show? ‘Sit Ubu, Sit…good dog,’ will always be remembered and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that line,” Pavan Patel, SitcomsOnline director, tells Tuned In.

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Former WYNY, WHN Personality Bruce Bradley Dies

BradleyKnown for wit and humor, Bruce Bradley was a part of the last generation of radio air personalities. To New Yorkers from that era, Bradley is remembered as the WYNY morning man from 1981 to ’83 as the station was gaining a head of steam. His voice was silenced Saturday at age 79 in Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

Although an official cause of death is not known, we’ve learned that Bradley suffered from emphysema late in life.

Bradley was born and raised in Rochester, New York. But before he’d return to work in the state, albeit in Manhattan, he made a name for himself at WBZ in Boston.

Bob Lape, the former WABC-TV reporter and food critic, worked with Bradley in Beantown.

“I did news amid his DJ show at WBZ in the early to mid-60’s. A quiet professional with a Bob Newhart air,” Lape tells Tuned In. “His wit was special — often sly, but always in evidence. He hit all the marks in delivering programs of quality — musically and in his whimsical reads of spots, and ad-libbery.”

WFAN’s Mike McCann, who was Bradley’s cohort at WYNY, says he achieved legend status at WBZ.
“If you talk to anybody in Boston, he was an absolute legend there,” McCann tells Tuned In. “On the lines of what people like Brucie, BMR [B. Mitchel Reed], Gary Stevens, and Murray the K were down here.”

Even though the legendary tier would escape Bradley in New York, his talent was still on display in the Big Apple. His smooth style was a cornerstone of his trade no matter where he opened the mic.
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Mourning The Sopranos Kingpin, James Gandolfini of The Sopranos

Gandolfini and CausiBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

He was a Tony Award nominee, had numerous roles, mostly supporting, in films, but James Gandolfini will forever be Tony Soprano.  He died yesterday of a massive heart attack in Italy. Gandolfini was just 51.

As the Don in HBO’s groundbreaking mafia drama The Sopranos, Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards as Tony Soprano. Gandolfini’s portrayal didn’t only earn him trophies, it won him praise from viewers and colleagues worldwide.

His legacy is cemented with the tortured role, where he battled with his family and the family business.

And yet, Gandolfini’s Soprano is recognized as one of the most endearing characters in television history.

He touched millions of people each Sunday night, but there are many others who were fortunate enough to have a personal connection with the TV giant. One of those is WCBS-FM’s Joe Causi (above with Gandolfini).

“I met him at various fundraisers. [He was] always doing good for so many charities,” Causi tells Tuned In.

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Remembering ‘Kind Soul’ Dave Jennings, Giants Punter, Jets/Giants Broadcaster

jenningsBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Longtime Giants punter and later football broadcaster, Dave Jennings, passed away today after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. He was 61. Those who knew him best, describe Jennings as a terrific person.

Jennings was associated with two NFL teams on the field, and in the booth.

From 1974 to 1984, he was the Giants punter. By the end of the decade with Big Blue, Jennings posted franchise records with most punts and most yards. He was selected to four Pro Bowls.

In 2011, Jennings was treated as an All-Time Giants great, in being added to the Ring of Honor.

He also spent three seasons booting the pigskin for the Jets.

But Jennings enjoyed his longest radio stint with analyst for the Jets. He was the constant in the booth for the 13 seasons, while sharing the mic working with four different play-by-play voices. One of those radio partners was Ian Eagle, working his first NFL action in 1997.

“He very easily could have been a college professor [with] his temperament, his intellect, [and] dry sense of humor,” Eagle tells Tuned In. “One thing I certainly learned from him was the preparation aspect. He was so thorough.”

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Longtime Channel 4 Reporter John Noel is Dead of Brain Cancer

John NoelBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Veteran WNBC reporter John Noel has died from complications of brain cancer.

We reported that Noel, the Brooklyn native and longtime Channel 4 reporter for the borough, had first suffered from brain cancer last year. He battled back before taking ill again last month. We’re told Noel was being treated at a hospice wing of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn in his final weeks. The station says Noel was 62.

Tuned In obtained the email that news director Susan Sullivan sent to staffers this afternoon. She said Noel died during the overnight and quoted his brother Randy that John was comfortable and not in any pain at the end.

“What a courageous fight! John was an inspiration to us all,” Sullivan wrote.

Last month, his former WNBC colleague Sue Simmons called Noel “one of the good guys.”

Noel’s Brooklyn spirit, Sullivan wrote, helped keep him focused on reporting even as the treatments ensued.

“His regimen was one most of us could not keep up . He went religiously to the Dojo. But that was not enough for our John . There would be more exercise on the treadmill,” Sullivan said.

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1970s Sitcom Star Jean Stapleton Dead at 90

StapletonBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

In the world of television comedy, Lucille BallMary Tyler Moore, and Betty White are among the best.

But Jean Stapleton took a backseat to no one. She will forever be remembered as Edith Bunker, a role that garnered her the Emmy Award three times. Stapleton died Friday of natural causes. She was 90.

Stapleton is a product of New York City, who was a Broadway veteran before Hollywood and Norman Lear called.

On All in the Family, the groundbreaking 1970s comedy, previously taboo topics were now part of the TV palette. Stapleton’s character was always loving to her bigoted husband Archie Bunker, played by Carroll O’Connor.

During the show’s run she dealt with “adult” topics such as menopause, swingers, and rape.

“Jean Stapleton was one of the greatest actors ever to have graced our television screens,” Pavan Patel, sitcomsonline.com director, tells Tuned In. “The character of Edith Bunker could not have been played by anyone else but her. She gave that character life and spice and whenever I think of All in the Family I think of how much depth Jean gave to that character.”

As Edith’s character developed, she added a nasal sound that she first used in Damn Yankees.

“I’ll steal it from myself,” Stapleton told the Archive of American Television in 2000.

Edith Bunker was not the most educated, or intelligent,  but she had the ability to befriend anyone.

The experience of making All in the Family in front of a live studio audience drew on her Broadway background.

“It was like doing theater and I was very comfortable in that,” Stapleton said. “That laughter just feeds you. As an actor it was a wonderful thing to do.”

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Turbulent Country Superstar George Jones Dead at 81

JonesBy JERRY BARMASH

Country music had many stars but since the 1950s there was only one George Jones. He had numerous hits throughout the decades, but he also became known for his binge drinking and violent rages.

Jones died today at age 81 in Nashville, where he was hospitalized last week with a fever and what doctors call irregular blood pressure.

In 1962, Jones recorded one of his signature songs, She Thinks I Still Care.

He received many awards during his career, including a member of the 1992 Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ed Salamon, the programmer at WHN in the 1970s, who just wrote a book to commemorate 40 years since the station’s flip to Country, recalls a unique memory of Jones.

“In the book I tell the story of how WHN had promoted a live broadcast with George Jones from the Bottom Line and he climbed out of their bathroom window to avoid doing the show,” Salamon tells Tuned In.

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