Joan Hamburg (born August 12, 1935 ) is a radio personality on WOR-710, in New York since the early 1970s. Hamburg started her radio broadcasting 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 is now billed as "New York Radio's First Lady." The orientation of her broadcasts has 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 broadcasts from her favorite places instead of a studio -- Sardi's, the Hamptons, Canyon Ranch, The Villages, Florida and so on. She works 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, Hamburg will air on WOR-710 from 10:00-Noon, Saturday and Sunday.
Hamburg's daughter, Liz, contributes to the show twice a week and sometimes appears as a fill-in host. Her son is screenwriter John Hamburg (Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers and Along Came Polly).
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