After hundreds of appearances, Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on air for the last time Friday with WOR talk show host John Gambling, who is also retiring after spending more than four decades in radio. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
Aside from the goodbyes, this institution's last run wasn't much different than the hundreds of others from the past dozen years.
Host John Gambling begins with a bit of banter with Bloomberg.
Then, on to the topic du jour - generally, the news City Hall wants to make that day.
This Friday, Bloomberg touted that he's kept the bulk of his promises from his three campaigns.
"Something like 89 percent of the promises we made have either been fulfilled or well underway," Bloomberg said.
Guests have come and gone, crises and celebrations, too.
Sometimes, there's even a bit of crow eating, like in 2007, after Bloomberg didn't suspend alternate side parking in a snow storm.
"I'm sorry for the inconvenience to people," he said on the show at the time.
Gambling has criticized the mayor, but the chair across from him isn't really the hot seat.
"I wouldn't do a radio show with anybody else," Bloomberg said. "It's loyalty. I've go to the same barber that I've gone to for 40 years, the same talk show host."
"The best part of me being able to interview Mayor Michael Bloomberg is having the opportunity to sit with 'a Michael Bloomberg,' a man of that intellect, success, he's a go-to guy by world leaders," Gambling said.
The pair even sometimes golfs together.
Speaking of the links, some figured that when he sported a casual outfit, it was a signal that Bloomberg was bee-lining for Bermuda after the show.
Soon, Bloomberg will have more time for golf, and someone else will, too. It's not only the mayor signing off, it's also his host on the radio. After more than 40 years, Gambling is going off air.
With it halts three generations of Gamblings gabbing on the air. His sons haven't caught the radio bug.
"We never were forced into or even talked about having to follow in the footsteps," said Brad Gambling, John Gambling's son.
Speaking of footsteps, will the new mayor also have a weekly radio show? Stay tuned.