In this week’s issue… Remembering NY’s Farber, Hamilton’s Grant – NY/VT border combo sells – Boston TV vet, Rochester sports host retire – EMF closes on Mass. signal 

By SCOTT FYBUSH

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*Another of the pioneering voices in NEW YORK talk radio has died.

Barry Farber grew up in North Carolina, where he was entranced watching radio being made on Greensboro’s WBIG. He initially went into print journalism, but his move to New York City in 1956 took him on a detour into radio from which he never really returned.

After early jobs producing the “Tex and Jinx” chat show on WRCA and working for commentator William Safire, Farber began hosting talk shows himself in 1960 on WINS. Two years later, he moved to WOR, where he hosted talk shows at night and then in the overnight hours, a shift he held down for a decade, from 1967 until 1977.

Farber took a turn into politics that year, running on the Conservative line for mayor of New York (he’d also made a bid for Congress in 1970) and losing to Ed Koch.

Afterward, he returned to radio, joining WMCA in 1977 and remaining one of that station’s signature voices until the end of its talk format in 1989.

In later years, Farber appeared for a while on ABC Radio and WABC locally, as well as stints on Talk Radio Network and, most recently, CRN. He was on the air for his CRN show by phone from his New York City home on Tuesday to mark his 90th birthday, and died the next day, of what his family described as natural causes.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Scott: I was trained by Ted Lawrence of WMCA, while he was doing a temporary stint at WGNY in Newburgh, NY. I had the good fortune of getting a work release from Newburgh Free Academy (NFA) by by my RADIO ENGLISH TEACHER, Ester Henderson for the training.

    Since you seem to keep track of everyone in broadcasting, any change you ever did a column on TED LAWRENCE, the booming voice of the Mutual Broadcasting network? Ted was at WGNY to take care of his ailing mother and no doubt had taken of leave of absence from WMCA, and with my good fortune, he was on duty when Dick Raskin, WGNY program director assigned me to Ted to “learn the business”. I was 16 at the time, I’m 81 now.

    Dick Bouchard WNRI

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