John began his career at WOR as a Staff Announcer in 1978 and that same year became host of WOR Weekend (1978-1981). His other shows on WOR included: Host, Good Afternoon NY (1981-1985), Co-host Rambling with Gambling (with his father, John A. Gambling, 1985-1990), and Host, Rambling with Gambling 1990-2000. From 2001-2008, John was host of The John Gambling Show on WABC/New York, where he welcomed New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg to the show every Friday. After graduating from Boston University with a BS in Communications, John began his career in 1973 as a Research and Promotion Director at WROR in Boston. He was Program Director of WAXY/Ft. Lauderdale (1974-1976), Operation Director/Program Director of WHPN-WHVW/Hyde Park, NY and Morning Host at WHVW (1976-1978). John lives on Long Island with his wife, Wendy. He has three children: twins Andrew and Bradley, age 27 and William, age 23.
Joe brings warmth and personality while delivering the news with credibility and authority. He has won numerous awards for his reporting. Among the awards are: the 1999 Associated Press Best Feature Award, the New York State Broadcasters Best Feature Award for ‘New York Noise’, The New York Press Club Gold Typewriter Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award for public service. He has also won Best Newscast and Best Spot News Coverage awards from both the Associated Press and New York State Broadcasters Association.
JJ got her start as a radio DJ at WBLS-FM in the hey day of disco before hosting at NY Country Kick FM, WNEW AM...the "Big W" spinning big band and standards. For 19 years, she was host of “Lite at Nite” at New York’s LiteFM. JJ is also a licensed NY State Marriage and Family Therapist with a thriving practice. She is married to Charlie, a retired Metro North Train Engineer. Her proudest achievement is her son, Matthew, who graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2008.
MIKE FIGLIOLA, Executive Producer
Mike Figliola began his radio career at WOR Radio as an intern in summer of 2000. After a few months of learning the ropes, Mike was hired as a news reporter and desk assistant covering stories around the Metropolitan area. During that time, he split his duties at WOR between shifts at 1010 WINS as a News Producer and at WBGO Radio as a City Hall/New York Beat reporter. In 2004, WOR promoted Mike to full-time producer on various shows including the Morning Show and Food Talk. Soon Mike was promoted to Executive Producer on The WOR Morning Show, and is now Executive Producer of The John Gambling Show. When not producing on the airwaves, you can find him playing his guitar at cafes in Brooklyn or Queens or writing his fourth novel. Mike's mantra for life is summed up neatly in one way: On The Road.
Joe Neumaier, film critic and film editor at the New York Daily News, has been a journalist and critic in New York for over 20 years. His writing on movies and Hollywood has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, the New York Post, the London Observer, the Washington Post, USA Today Weekend, Hamptons magazine and the Financial Times.com, among others. He's appeared on MSNBC, Channel 2's Sunday Morning, Fox 5's Good Day New York, WPIX-11, CNN, VH1, CNBC, A&E Biography and Access Hollywood.
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who announced his candidacy in the race for New York City Mayor over a week ago, spoke with WOR's John Gambling on today's morning show to shed some light on where he stands on some of the city's most important issues.
As a "public school parent" residing in Brooklyn, de Blasio expressed that he is passionate about working to keep inner city schools open, suggesting that closings should act solely as a worst-case scenario.
"I think there are times when you do need to participate in closing a school where it isn't working, but I don't think it's a policy," Bill de Blasio commented. "I don't think the thing you try to do is close a school - I think the thing you do is try and save a school, and as a last resort you would turn to a closure and restructuring."
John reminded de Blasio that a reason behind the potential closings is due to the the difficulty in removing teachers who, according to the numbers, are not succeeding in helping students to reach the state's goals.
"Our focus needs to be on the vast majority of teachers who are doing their job but need help to develop into better teachers, not the small percentage who aren't working out," he said. "I bluntly believe that this mayor in the last couple of years has become fixated - or a little obsessed - on the small number of teachers who are not so good."
Listen to more of John Gambling's discussion with mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio about stop and frisk, NYC public schools, and housing affordability below: