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.
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.
WOR's John Gambling was joined by Mayor Bloomberg this morning to discuss some of the main points of yesterday's State of the City speech, his final as Mayor of New York City.
Among the hot topics of teacher evaluations, school bus systems and environmental awareness, the Mayor also discussed the changing policies regarding possession of "small amounts" of marijuana.
"If a cop stops you for some reason and you have a small amount, you get thrown in jail overnight," he said about the current process. "Now, if you have an ID and there is no outstanding warrant, you get a desk ticket and will come back to court."
"I personally am not in favor of legalizing marijuana or any other drugs, I think it's a dangerous thing. But the reality is that for small amounts of marijuana, theres a lot of kids that have it - you're clogging the jails, clogging the courts, you're clogging the police schedules," Bloomberg commented.
When Gambling played devil's advocate and questioned whether this would only condone the use and sale of marijuana rather than do any good in minimizing its presence, Mayor Bloomberg disagreed. The new policy is "not condoning, but certainly not penalizing" possession of small amounts of marijuana, he noted.