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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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History of New York City Radio Comes Alive in New Photo Book

NYC RadioBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Authors Alec Cumming and Peter Kanze have unearthed many rare photos of the Radio New York style. The new book, Images of America: New York City Radio by Arcadia Publishing, takes readers from a 1909 wireless telephone display to present day WAXQ/Q 104.3 with a shot of longstanding personalities, Jim Kerr, Carol Miller, and Shelli Sonstein.

In between, there are dozens of images from the last century, when radio was king.

While the paperback is only 126 pages and there is no actual text, just an extended caption for each picture.

Many on-air folks and stations are represented, some more than once, but others are oddly missed. For example, there are no photos of WFAN, New York and the country’s first all-sports station, which celebrated 25 years on the air in 2012. But the title doesn’t include the words “comprehensive history.”

However, the book does have some vintage pictures, including a look at the beginnings of WOR in the early 1920s when it started as a radio station for Bamberger’s department store.

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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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