Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Joey Reynolds - New York's one and only late-night alcohol-free cocktail party host and raconteur

A nice David Hinckley story on the 10th anniversary of The Joey Reynolds Show, which airs every weeknight on WOR-AM 710 between 1 and 5am.

Joey has a long, rich history as a deejay from the "classic" era of Top 40: you can read about (and even listen to, in the book's enclosed CD) those days in the indispensibly fun Ben Fong-Torres book The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio. (You'll read that, back in the day, Joey was - gasp - anti-Beatles! But so was another radio hero of mine, Jean Shepherd. At least Jean was, that is, until he gained some respect for the Fabs after his fascinating '65 interview with them, which you should read. But I digress.)

Joey's night-owl show is wonderful - filled with stories upon stories, laughs between friends, cornball jokes, surprising insights, funny and fascinating chats with authors and singers and has-beens and wanna-bes and very very minor and occasionally major celebs. It sounds, and feels, very New York, old-school showbizzy, in an unforced way so unhip it's incredibly hip. (Consider him a more entertaining and less off-putting Joe Franklin.) Next to Art Bell's weekend show (who's thankfully returning in full force - more about him soon), it's the best late-night radio on the New York airwaves.

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