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By Jitin Gambhir

Hillary Clinton, Kathy Hochul celebrate ‘Cousin Brucie’

Brucie’s bipartisan bash was a remarkable event attended by Hillary Clinton and Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street. The gala was held to honor disc jockey Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow’s impressive 70-year career in broadcasting. Among the attendees was music producer Steve Garrin, who jokingly suggested to Clinton that she should consider running for president again. He playfully mentioned, “I voted for you,” to which Clinton responded, “Everyone in New York voted for me.” Garrin then countered, “I know three people who didn’t,” which caused Clinton to burst into laughter.

The event served a dual purpose, as it also celebrated the 102nd anniversary of 77 WABC radio and marked the 75th birthday of billionaire station owner John Catsimatidis, who has previously run as a Republican candidate for mayor. At the gala, Catsimatidis paid tribute to Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow, recognizing his significant contributions to the radio industry. Morrow, renowned for introducing his audience to iconic rock bands like The Beatles, received video messages from music legends such as Carole King, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Lee Greenwood, Frankie Avalon, Gary U.S. Bonds, and Darlene Love. Yankees GM Brian Cashman and retired baseball player Darryl Strawberry also shared their thoughts.

The tribute was hosted by Tony Orlando and featured electric guitars as centerpieces on the dinner tables. Many of the performers reminisced about their first encounters with Morrow during the 1960s when he served as the announcer at Palisades Amusement Park. The park was a launching pad for renowned acts like the Supremes and Billy Joel, and Morrow hosted a legendary battle of the bands while donning his famous leopard-print suit.

During the celebration, Catsimatidis, dressed in a striking gold sequin jacket, and his wife, Margo, presented Brucie with a microphone-shaped award and a classic phonograph. In response, the DJ, now in his mid-80s, humorously commented on the old Victrola, stating, “Believe it or not, when this was around, I was not on the radio.” He expressed his gratitude, saying, “What a tribute. I am indebted to you,” and expressed his desire to keep the turntable in his studio at the station.

The gala was also attended by station head Chad Lopez, as well as WABC talent including Sid Rosenberg, who delivered a heartfelt tribute to his late co-host Bernie McGuirk.

It was Brucie’s bipartisan bash.

Hillary Clinton and Gov. Kathy Hochul attended an oldies music-filled gala on Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street to honor disc jockey Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow’s 70-year career in broadcasting.

One attendee, music producer Steve Garrin, quipped to Clinton that she should throw her hat in the presidential ring again.

He added, “I voted for you,” and Clinton retorted, “Everyone in New York voted for me.” Garrin fired back, “I know three people that didn’t,” and Clinton cracked up, we’re told.

The event doubled as a party honoring 77 WABC radio’s 102nd anniversary — and a 75th birthday bash for billionaire station owner (and frequent Republican mayoral hopeful) John Catsimatidis.

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John Catsimatidis and Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow
John Catsimatidis honored Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow at a WABC radio anniversary gala.
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Morrow is known for introducing his audience to rock bands as big as The Beatles, and was fêted via video by hitmakers including Carole King, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Lee Greenwood, Frankie Avalon, Gary U.S. Bonds and Darlene Love. Yankees GM Brian Cashman and retired slugger Darryl Strawberry also chimed in.

Tony Orlando emceed the tribute, which had electric guitars as centerpieces on the dinner tables.

Many of the acts recalled first meeting Morrow as youngsters in the ’60s when he was the announcer at Palisades Amusement Park, where acts from the Supremes to Billy Joel got their starts, and where the leopard-print-suited showman hosted a legendary battle of the bands.


John Catsimatidis
Catsimatidis was also celebrating his birthday.
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Frankie Avalon
Frankie Avalon was among the stars paying homage to the famed DJ.
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Catsimatidis, in a gold sequin jacket, and his wife, Margo, presented Brucie with an award in the shape of a microphone, as well as a classic phonograph.

Quipped the DJ, now in his mid-80s, of the old Victrola, “Believe it or not, when this was around, I was not on the radio.” He added, “What a tribute. I am indebted to you,” and said he wants to keep the turntable in his studio at the station.

Also at the gala were station head Chad Lopez and WABC talent including Sid Rosenberg — who gave a moving homage to his late co-host Bernie McGuirk.

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