Joan Hamburg

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Joan Hamburg (born August 12, 1935) is a radio personality in New York City. 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.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

She grew up on Long Island and attended Barnard College, before embarking on an advertising career.[1]

Description of her show[edit]

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[when?] from consumerism to a radio version of the Today Show,[citation needed] 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.[2] Carol Channing, a regular listener, once called Joan Hamburg "The Yellow Pages of The World".[3]

Hamburg frequently broadcasts from her favorite places instead of a studio -- e.g., Sardi's,[2] the Hamptons, Canyon Ranch, The Villages, Florida[4] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Hamburg's daughter, Liz, contributes to the show and sometimes appears as a fill-in host. Her son is screenwriter John Hamburg (Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers and Along Came Polly).[5]


  1. ^ Ketcham, Diane (1997-07-20). "And You Should See the Lobster Salad at $42 a Pound". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b Gladstone, Valerie (2000-07-09). "New York Radio's Folksy Powerhouse". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  3. ^ Burros, Marian (1994-02-27). "Making it Work;The Shopper's Friend". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Joan Hamburg Show will broadcast live from Lake Sumter Landing". The Villages Daily Sun. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Man Who Gave Film Audiences 'The Fockers'". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 

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