NEW YORK (AP) -- "Rambling with Gambling," the longest-running radio show in America, has rambled for the last time.
WOR decided not to renew the contract of John Gambling, whose grandfather originated the show 75 years ago. Although the contract does not expire until December, Gambling decided that Monday would be his last program.
"I just could not see myself day after day dying a slow pathetic death," he said.
Gambling continued the tradition of news, interviews and lighthearted talk started by his grandfather and continued by his father. Gambling joined his father as co-host 15 years ago and took over as the main host 10 years ago.
Gambling said his ratings were good and improving, but station management was seeking a younger audience more attractive to advertisers.
News Director Joe Bartlett will serve as interim host until a permanent replacement was named. Bartlett often filled in for Gambling, and on Saturdays would joke with his listeners that Gambling wanted a long weekend.
However, Bartlett conceded Monday that he was shocked by the news.
"I never thought I would see this," he said.
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