Gene Klavan

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Gene Klavan (May 4, 1924 – April 8, 2004) was an American disc-jockey (DJ), columnist and author.

Early years[edit]

Klavan was born in Baltimore, Md.[1] and attended Baltimore City College (high school). His radio career began at WTOP in Washington D.C. following brief stints at Baltimore's WITH-AM and WCBM-AM.

1130 WNEW New York[edit]

Klavan is most known for his time as half of the morning program "Klavan and Finch." The program ran from 1952 to 1968; prior to 1952, Dee Finch had co-hosted the show with Gene Rayburn. Co-host Finch departed and Klavan continued solo until 1977. He wrote a biography in 1964, We Die at Dawn, that largely focused on the morning show. He followed it up in 1972 with Turn That Damned Thing Off, a book about the news media industry. In 1977 he moved to 710 WOR and left radio in 1980. He later became a commentator at WCBS-TV, a host for the AMC channel, and a columnist for Newsday.

Klavan's sons Andrew Klavan and Laurence Klavan are best-selling authors and screenwriters.

External sources[edit]


  1. ^ "Gene Klavan". blgofdeath. Archived from the original on 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2009-02-04.