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Bill O’Reilly Takes Over John R. Gambling’s Final WOR Show

JohnGamblingPicThe close of an epic radio run deserves an epic send-off. And so it is with Friday’s final episode of John R. Gambling‘s WOR-AM morning show.

The December 20 program brought to a close the continuous 88-year family radio dynasty of John G., father John A. and grandfather John B. Among those who phoned in Friday was Bill O’Reilly. The Factor host turned the tables on Gambling, noting that radio has changed over the years to become more like “pitched warfare” and asking his interviewer whether that is a good or bad thing:

“I think that it’s, ultimately, a bad thing,” Gambling answered. “In thinking about that question, and having been told that one of the reasons that people have listed to me and listened to all of the Gamblings is the civility…”

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WOR News Director Joe Bartlett ‘Nothing But Respect’ for Late Owner Rick Buckley

Rick Buckley died last weekend. He was the man at the top of the family-owned Buckley Radio since 1972. In 1987, Buckley became a major market owner when he purchased WOR Radio.

Already at the station since the previous year was news director Joe Bartlett.

“He was a real hands-on owner, and he was throughout his entire tenure here.” Bartlett says.

The longtime WOR newsman says Buckley would be a micro-managing owner.

“He knew every single thing that went on here,” Bartlett says. “You could never make a mistake without him hearing it.”

If Buckley’s ear caught an error, he called you on the carpet—or at least the phone.

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