Rambling with Gambling

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Rambling with Gambling was a news and talk radio program that aired from 1925 through 2013, almost uninterrupted, with one name change toward the end of its run. It was hosted by three generations of people named John Gambling throughout its entire 88+ year run.

The program was on WOR (AM), except for a 9-year switch to WABC (AM) from 2000 to 2008, when it was renamed The John Gambling Show.. On its return to WOR in 2008, it kept the newer name.

The show's last host retired in December 2013, but then announced he would start again in April 2014 on AM 970 "The Answer".


John B. Gambling started the show in March 1925, when WOR was a promotional arm of the Bamberger's department store in Newark.[1] His son, John A. Gambling became host in 1959. He brought his son, John R. Gambling, to the show as co-host from 1985 until his retirement in 1991. John R. Gambling has been solo host since that time.

In September 2000, WOR cancelled the program. At the time, it was the longest continually-running radio broadcast in America, a position now held by the Grand Ole Opry. After a brief hiatus, WABC hired Gambling. WOR owned the rights to the name Rambling with Gambling, so the revived show was renamed The John Gambling Show. In January 2008, WABC laid off Gambling in a cost-cutting measure.

On Wednesday, April 30, 2008, WOR and John R. Gambling announced a the return of the show to its original station. They began broadcasting on Monday, May 5, 2008, from 6 AM to 10 AM. Despite the return to WOR, the new name continued.

Gambling retired from radio at the end of 2013, bringing an end to the almost 89-year combined run of The John Gambling Show and Rambling with Gambling.[2][3]


  1. ^ Parsons, Floyd W.; Burgess, George S.; Hulse, Edward Pierce (editors) (2006-11-08). New Jersey; Life, Industries and Resources of a Great State. Newark, NJ: New Jersey state chamber of commerce. p. 373. Retrieved 6 December 2013.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  2. ^ http://politicker.com/2013/11/radio-host-john-gambling-to-retire/
  3. ^ Hinckley, David (April 30, 2008). "WOR Bets Again on John Gambling". New York Daily News. 

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