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This biography of a living person includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve this article by introducing more precise citations where appropriate. (April 2009) Harry Harrison (born September 20, 1930 in Chicago) has been a popular American radio personality for over 50 years. Harrison is the only DJ to be a WMCA “Good Guy,” a WABC “All-American,” and on the WCBS-FM line-up when the New York station flipped to the “Jack” format in June, 2005. Contents 1 WBEZ, Chicago, Illinois—1953 2 WCFL, Chicago, Illinois—1953–1954 3 WPEO, Peoria, Illinois—1954–1959 4 WMCA, New York—1959–1968 5 WABC (AM), New York, New York—1968–1979 6 WCBS-FM, New York—1980–2003 7 WCBS-FM, New York—2004–2005 8 Today 9 External links WBEZ, Chicago, Illinois—1953 At age 23, Harrison listened to a lot of radio while he was confined to bed for rheumatic fever for a year.[citation needed] After his recovery, he approached Chicago station WJJD, but was signed instead to a contact with an educational radio station, WBEZ. WCFL, Chicago, Illinois—1953–1954 Harrison worked at WCFL as a “summer replacement,” yet remained there eight months, substituting for the permanent deejays. WPEO, Peoria, Illinois—1954–1959 Harrison became program director at WPEO, Peoria and hosted the morning show as the "Morning Mayor of Peoria."[citation needed] In just six months, Harrison made WPEO the top station. WMCA, New York would come calling. WMCA, New York—1959–1968 Harrison, along with wife Patti, and children Brian Joseph ["B.J." taken from them much too soon], Patti, Patrick, and Michael would soon call the New York suburbs "home". In 1959, Harrison joined WMCA as the mid-day "Good Guy." Joe O'Brien (mornings) and Harrison gave WMCA a "one-two punch" for over eight years. Harrison told San Diego radio personality Gene Knight in an interview in 1994 that WMCA program director Ruth Meyer originally considered both Joe and Harry, separately, for the WMCA morning show.[citation needed] Other WMCA "Good Guys" included Jack Spector, B. Mitchel Reed, Dan Daniel and Johnny Dark, and talk show host Barry Gray. Harrison became popular with his "Housewife Hall of Fame” feature, and participated in the 1966 WMCA Good Guy picnic. Often, he scored the highest ratings on WMCA. WABC program director Rick Sklar took note. WABC (AM), New York, New York—1968–1979 In 1968, when WABC morning man Herb Oscar Anderson left the station, Rick Sklar hired Harrison to replace him. Harrison was followed in the WABC day by Ron Lundy. Every year, Harrison played seasonal songs, such as his holiday greeting "May You Always” in the winter (the Amy records single of this song made the Billboard Christmas charts in 1965), and Allan Sherman's summer camp novelty, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh", throughout the summer months. WABC personalities included, along with Harrison, Charlie Greer, Scott Muni, Bob Lewis, Lundy, Johnny Donovan, Dan Ingram, "Cousin Brucie" Bruce Morrow, Chuck Leonard, Bob Cruz, Frank Kingston Smith, and Roby Yonge, and others. Harrison had a number of "trademark" phrases, such as "Every brand new day should be opened like a precious gift", "Stay well, stay happy, stay right here" and "Harry Harrison wishing you the best... because that's exactly what you deserve!” Also, on the last day of every year, Harrison would bring his four children to work with him and at the end of his shift, he would join them in giving listeners New Year's wishes. Harrison was let go from WABC as the station changed direction in November, 1979. WCBS-FM, New York—1980–2003 In March 1980, Harrison became the morning personality at WCBS-FM (101.1), playing oldies music. In 1984, with Lundy joining the station, they were once again heard back-to-back. Harrison would interact with Morning Crew engineer Al Vertucci, Phil Pepe, who reported sports, and joke about "wacky weather" and toupee warnings with Irv “Mr. “G” Gikofsky (weather), Mary Jane Royce, and Sue Evans. At 7:20 AM, Harrison opened the "birthday book" and announced listener and celebrity birthdays. On April 25, 1997 New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani issued a proclamation, naming April 25 "Harry Harrison Day" in honor of the second "Mayor." On March 19, 2003, after a 44-year career in New York radio, Harrison left WCBS-FM, saying “I am not retiring.” His farewell to his loyal radio friends (from 5:30 to 10 am) was held before a packed, live audience at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. It offered old airchecks, and guest appearances by WCBS-FM colleagues Don K. Reed, Bobby Jay, Steve O'Brien, Randy Davis and Dan Taylor, his replacement, as well as his son and daughter, Patti. Harrison took phone calls from Bob Shannon, Mike Fitzgerald, Ed Baer and Ron Lundy. Songs included Gladys Knight's "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" and the Little River Band's "Reminiscing," before closing with "That's What Friends Are For." Sadly, shortly after he left WCBS-FM, Harrison would lose his long-time wife, Patti, who he had always referred to as "Pretty Patti" on the air. WCBS-FM, New York—2004–2005 Harrison returned to WCBS-FM, to the delight of his fans, with a Saturday morning show (6–10 AM) in 2004. It offered two hours of variety and two hours of Beatles music and memories. On Memorial Day, May 30, 2005, Harry and Cousin Bruce Morrow were guests on WABC Radio’s annual “Rewound” show. Four days later, on June 3, WCBS-FM ended its "oldies" format, in favor of the new “Jack” format. (Ironically, Harrison's voice was last heard on New York radio, not on WCBS-FM, but on WABC.)[citation needed] Today Harry spends his time tending to his 5 dogs at his Bergen County, New Jersey home. External links REELRADIO Harry Harrison Special by Larry Ware Harry Harrison at WMCA Harry Harrison at WABC radio Harry's WCBS-FM Farewell WCBS-FM history Persondata Name Harrison, Harry Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death