Joan Hamburg (born August 12, 1935) is a radio personality in New York. In the early 1970s Hamburg started her radio career with small consumer (bargain shopping) segments on the long-running Rambling With Gambling morning show, eventually earning her own show. She grew up on Long Island and attended Barnard College before embarking on an advertising career.
Hamburg is extremely celebrity, society, and show-business-conscious, and billed as "New York Radio's First Lady." The orientation of her broadcasts shifted dramatically from consumerism to a radio version of the Today Show, including the day's news, food and restaurant features, and celebrity and newsmaker interviews. Hamburg still takes consumer questions and gives listeners advice about restaurants, events, and the like. Carol Channing, a regular listener, once called Joan Hamburg "The Yellow Pages of The World".
Hamburg frequently broadcast from her favorite places instead of a studio -- Sardi's, the Hamptons, Canyon Ranch, The Villages, Florida and so on. She worked closely with her production staff to provide a seamless "I can find anything for you" expertise, sometimes discernible in a drawn-out "let me see" pause.
Beginning in January 2014, her Monday-Friday program became a feature on WOR-710 from 10:00-Noon, Saturday and Sunday. In May 2014 her program was cancelled after 35 years with the station.
As of September 20, 2014 Hamburg is heard on WABC-770, Saturdays 1:00-3:00 PM.
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