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Veteran Air Talent Valerie Smaldone Remembers Radio Executive Rick Buckley’s Many Positive Qualities

As we reported last week, Rick Buckley died on July 31. As head of Buckley Radio, his biggest purchase for the company was WOR Radio.

At WOR, Valerie Smaldone came to know Buckley well. The longtime WLTW DJ says he loved what he did.

“[He was] truly passionate about WOR and all of his stations,” Smaldone says. “He loved local radio.”

But even though a 70-something executive, Smaldone says Buckley embraced the future of radio.

“Rick understood completely the value of the WOR [web] stream and downloadable podcasts,” Smaldone says. “Rick not only wanted to bring original talk content to the WOR stream, but he built a separate online country music station.”

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Special Honor for Joan Hamburg, Veteran WOR Host

Longtime WOR 710 radio personality Joan Hamburg has been named the “New Yorker of the Year” by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

Hamburg, 75, has been a regular on WOR for decades.

“This honor is truly deserved as [she] is a legend in her field,” Valerie Smaldone, a WOR colleague, told FishbowlNY. “[Joan] is a super New Yorker because she loves to navigate the city and enjoy all that it offers.” 

Billed as “New York Radio’s First Lady,” Hamburg began her career while a student at Barnard College.  She created and wrote New York on Five Dollars a Day for New York magazine.

She has been a contributing editor at Family Circle, and her articles have appeared in Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, and Parade magazines. 

The annual award showcases individuals who have made contributions toward the prosperity of New York City.

Radio Veteran Valerie Smaldone ‘Excited’ about Off-Broadway Role

We told you yesterday about longtime radio personality Valerie Smaldone ready to appear off-Broadway.

Smaldone, the former longtime DJ at Clear Channel’s WLTW/Lite-FM, is joining the cast of Girl Talk: The Musical.

Even though Smaldone has had an extensive radio and voice-over career, she has acted throughout her life.

But this gig came about after she was approached by the producer on the referral from another producer.

“I chose the role, because I was so excited to be asked to be in the original cast of a new musical,” Smaldone tells FishbowlNY. “And the material made perfect sense because it is all about a radio show.”

Smaldone will play one of four women ending a radio show together after a 10-year run.

The role requires Smaldone to do singing and dancing. The show will feature hit songs from artists Beyonce´, Jennifer Lopez, and Carrie Underwood.

Smaldone, who stays connected to the Great White Way, contributes to theatermania.com along with other websites.

Smaldone’s day job is hosting an online talk show for WOR Radio.

Girl Talk opens in previews on November 3 at the Times Square Arts Center, with opening night set for November 14.

“It is an open run, and I will be performing most Thursday and Friday nights,” Smaldone says.

Valerie Smaldone, New York radio veteran, heading for off-Broadway

Valerie Smaldone,  a personality at WLTW-FM for more than 20 years, has joined the cast of Girl Talk: The Musical.  

Smaldone would seem a perfect fit for the production, which focuses on four women ending a 10-year run hosting a radio show together.

Previews start November 3 at the Times Square Arts Center, with opening night set for November 14.

The show will features hit songs from artists Beyonce´, Jennifer Lopez, and Carrie Underwood.

Smaldone’s day job is hosting an online talk show for WOR Radio.

She also is well-connected to the Great White Way, contributing to theatermania.com, along with other websites.