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Morning Show Innovator Gene Klavan Dies

Morning Show Innovator Gene Klavan Dies

Gene Klavan is dead. According to the Associated Press, the former New York radio host was 79; he died of complications from cancer, according to his son.
“Klavan and Finch” aired for more than 25 years, originally on WNEW(AM) in 1952. Partner Dee Finch retired in 1968; Klavan continued on his own, moving to WOR(AM) in 1977. He left radio in 1980 and later appeared at a TV host and commentator, and a print columnist.
“The four-hour show, done without writers and entirely improvised, became a model for morning radio,” AP reported.
“With Finch … Klavan created the successful morning radio program on WNEW(AM) in 1952, giving voice to wacky characters like Trevor Traffic, Sy Kology, Victor Verse and Emilio Percolator.”
He also had worked in the Baltimore/Washington area at AM stations WCBM, WITH and WTOP.