World’s Oldest Radio is getting a facelift… eventually

WOR Logo
WOR Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, 710 WOR-AM was sold to Clear Channel:

“WOR is an iconic New York City brand with a rich history and an exciting future,” John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, says. “Clear Channel is excited to add WOR as a powerful, high potential complement to our New York brands. We believe WOR makes our already incredible platform even more interesting for listeners, advertisers, and strategic partners and we look forward to the tremendous potential WOR adds to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York.”

WOR radio has been around since 1922, starting at a Bamberger’s department store in Newark, NJ (back then, there were several department stores that owned radio stations).  It’s been passed on through different owners throughout the years.  On its 90th anniversary, it finally landed in the lap of Clear Channel.

90 years is an eternity in radio, and some of WOR’s personalities have been there that long (instant rimshot).  But seriously folks (yes, I did just say that), WOR has been the home of Joe Franklin, Larry King, and the Gambling family.  It’s doubtful that Clear Channel would drop the Gambling show, as it’s been doing well for them for all these years.  Eventually, they may add their own syndicated talk shows, such as Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity… or bring back Joan Rivers and flip to all-comedy (okay, okay, I’ll stop).

Whatever Clear Channel does, we won’t hear about it for a while.  In the meantime, WOR will march on to birthday number 100.


Author: Dr. Chuck

I started out as a child, then things kind of grew from there.  I spend way too much time around computers and radios, but I do like to take a break once in a while.  I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on the radio in college. A bit later on, I wrote an article that was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette (Commodore 64/128 magazine). I also think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

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