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Gabe Pressman, New York Broadcasting Giant, Dead at 93

Legend and icon, words that are commonly misused and overused. But they could have been written just for Gabe Pressman. The Bronx native was 93. He was a fixture at WNBC for decades, getting a lifetime contract with his second stint in 1980.

The pioneering broadcaster is credited as the first street reporter in New York, when he joined WNBC in 1956.

“Gabe was the real deal!” Sue Simmons, his longtime WNBC colleague, remembers. “There was no one more respected in our newsroom. In my moments of insecurity, he was always gently supportive.”

Along the way, he interviewed mayors, governors and presidents. Pressman would do just that, “pressing” his subjects to answer for a hard-hitting story and becoming a leading proponent for the First Amendment.

There was plenty of shock in 1972 when Pressman switched channels to WNEW (now WNYW).

Former News Director Ted Kavanau got word from his general manager Larry Fraiberg that Pressman liked the Ten O’Clock News.

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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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