Joan Hamburg has been part of the WOR, 710 AM, family in New York since the early 1970s. She grew up on Long Island and attended Barnard College before beginning her advertising career. Hamburg started her radio broadcasting with small consumer segments on the "Rambling with Gambling" morning show. It wasn't long before Hamburg got her very own show. Joan can be heard on WOR weekdays noon to 2pm with topics including the day's news, food, restaurant features, and celebrity interviews. Her two hour show is also a nationally syndicated weekend show. In November of 2012, Joan was inducted into the NYSE Broadcast Hall of Fame.
Senior Executive Producer of The Joan Hamburg Show:
Natalie Batos Vacca has been with WOR radio since 1997. For nine years, she was the Producer of WOR’s Morning Show. In March 2006, Natalie was promoted to Senior Producer at WOR and Producer of The Joan Hamburg Show. She has received several prestigious awards for her work including the New York Press Club Byline Award for Best Spot News coverage for the Swiss Air Flight 111 crash, best Station Event for their live St. Patrick’s Day show from the New York State Broadcasters Association and was part of the WOR News award for "Best Spot News Coverage" of the events of September 11 from the New York State Broadcaster's Association. Prior to WOR, she was the producer for several nationally-syndicated programs, including the legendary Barry Farber and Alan Colmes. Natalie grew up in Staten Island, New York, and graduated from Seton Hall University, where she majored in Broadcast Communications. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband Chris and their two children.
Laura Gambrel's mom Carol just wanted to celebrate her daughter's graduation from Indiana University. Unfortunately, Carol's request for a photo cake of her daughter wearing a graduation cap got lost in translation.
Carol went through everything she wanted on her daughter's graduation cake with man at the bakery, but when she asked the man to draw a "cap" on her daughter's head, he mistook it for "cat." What resulted is a hilarious photo cake with Laura’s picture and a cat drawn on her head.
*The below recipe is from Heather Christo, a professionaly trained chef who graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco and is an interior designer on the new primetime HGTV show "Rescue My Renovation."
"This is absolutely one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had—and my husband’s favorite. And no, you did not read this wrong. It is chockful of beets. This recipe actually started as a day dream. I saw a blissfully, insanely fluorescent purple cake—just like the juice that comes from a raw beet. I was so excited to bring this cake to life, but it turns out beets in baked goods come out a bit of a muddy reddish brown. I had to start over. This time I thought, why not take the moistness and earthy flavor from the beets and complement them with rich chocolate and a tiny touch of cinnamon? I added cocoa to the cake batter and the result was the most intensely moist and chocolaty cake I have ever had. The earthy beet flavor mostly disappeared and brought out more chocolate than ever. I paired the cake with a rich chocolate butter cream and a touch of espresso."
Generous Hint: The beet puree can be done up to several days ahead of time and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Serves 10 to 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
2 to 3 large beets
¾ cup salted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup whole milk
CHOCOLATE BUTTER CREAM FROSTING
1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar
1⁄3 cup strong coffee
1 tablespoon whole milk
1. Preheat the oven to 325°f. prepare two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray and parchment paper rounds on the bottom of the pans.
2. In a medium pot filled with simmering water, boil the beets for 15 to 20 minutes. When the beets are fork tender, drain them and let them sit until cool enough to handle. Peel the skin off and trim the tops off. Chop the beets into large pieces and throw them in the food processor. Pulse the beets until they are a smooth puree. Set aside or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week, or until ready to use. You should have about 1¼ cups beet puree.
3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the eggs and beat to combine. Add the beet puree and combine well. (It will look like the batter has curdled, but it is fine!)
4. In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix them all together. Add the flour mixture and the milk to the mixing bowl. Mix the batter on medium speed until it is completely combined and smooth, about 2 minutes.
5. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in their pans on a rack.
7. Meanwhile, combine all of the chocolate butter cream frosting ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and whip until smooth and fluffy.
8. When the cake is completely cool, turn the layers out of their pans and place one of the cake rounds on a cake plate. Slather a generous amount of the frosting on the cake. Top with the second cake round and use the rest of the frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake.
9. Slice and serve.
Joan Hamburg's Tony Preview Show on Friday featured some of Broadway's biggest stars. Kathie Lee Gifford, Jane Lynch, Alan Alda, Carolee Carmello, and Alan Cumming were just some of the stars that were on WOR 710! Watch the recap video of the Tony Preview Show from Sardi's below.
This Friday, Joan Hamburg's Tony Awards preview show at Sardi's will be airing on WOR 710! Broadway's biggest stars join Joan on-air to talk about this Sunday's 2013 Tony Awards show airing live on CBS at 8/7c.
Listen on WOR 710 or online as Kathie Lee Gifford, Alan Cumming, Judith Light, David Hyde
Pierce, Vanessa Williams, Jane Lynch and a number of other stars talk with Joan about Broadway, the Tony Awards, and their 2013 nominations.
Also, Alan Alda joins Joan to talk about his legendary career and receiving the first annual John Willis Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his achievements in theatre.
Tune in this Friday from 12 to 2pm on WOR 710 to listen to Joan Hamburg's Tony Preview Show from Sardi's. Don't miss it!
Cy-Young award winner and three-time World Series Champion Dwight "Doc" Gooden joined Joan Hamburg on WOR 710 Tuesday. The former Mets and Yankees pitcher talked with Joan about Dr. Drew Pinsky's "Celebrity Rehab" TV show and how it helped him overcome his alcohol and cocaine addictions.
Dr. Drew recently revealed that he will no longer continue "Celebrity Rehab" after receiving a lot of criticism following the deaths of five former cast members. However, Gooden, who was in rehab numerous times before, is an example of a celebrity who was helped by Dr. Drew's show. "The therapy and the treatment I got behind the scenes with his staff, Bob Forrest, was just tremendous," Gooden explained. "They make you basically be honest with yourself." Gooden has been sober for over two years now.
Gooden was a cast member on season 5 of "Celebrity Rehab' with Michael Lohan, the father of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. When Joan asked Gooden if Lindsay’s current situation is being handled improperly Gooden said, "Until she admits to herself that she is powerless over this disease, she won't get better." Listen below to "Doc" Gooden on "The Joan Hamburg Show" talking about Dr, Drew, "Celebrity Rehab," and Lindsay Lohan.
A giant rubber duckie is causing a rubber duck craze in Hong Kong. A six-story-tall rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is resulting in vendors selling rubber ducks left and right. The inflatable duck was brought into Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour May 2, but was found deflated Wednesday morning.
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Don't worry, the deflated duck isn't the work of vandals, as Harbour City @hkharbourcity tweeted, "Rubber Duck: 'Don’t worry guys! It’s just a normal body check. I promise I will be back real soon. Quack Quack!'”
The giant rubber duck first launched in 2008 and has visited Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo, and Amsterdam. According to CNN, the duck is supposed to stay in Victoria Harbour until June 9, with its next stop being the United States. However, no one knows where in the United States the duck will show up. Could we be seeing a giant rubber duck floating in the Hudson River? Stay tuned.
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