Pinky Kravitz, the longtime host of Pinky's Corner on WOND/Atlantic City has never called in sick or missed a show in his 56 years with the station. That changed on Friday, when the 87-year-old radio personality had heart issues and could not come in. He underwent heart surgery on Monday.
The hosts' son, Greg Kravitz released a statement on Wednesday morning, saying: "Pinky is recovering from heart surgery at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. We thank his many listeners, fans and friends for their concern and well wishes. We ask for privacy at this time. Pinky doesn't need anything right now other than the care the ARMC doctors and staff are giving him."
Longport Media President and General Manager Dave Coskey tells Radio Ink that there is no timetable for Kravitz's return, saying, "It's based solely on when he's ready." He added: "We'll make whatever arrangements necessary to accommodate Pinky when his doctors decide that he's ready."
In the interim, various hosts will fill-in for Kravitz's two-hour weekday afternoon shift. Tom LaMaine, who started his career at WOND before moving on to bigger markets, returned on Monday to fill in. Other fill-ins will include station staffers, such as Bob Burns, Dan Klein, and Don Williams. There will also be some "best of" shows created.
Kravitz has been hosting his Pinky's Corner show since June 1957, joining WOND in 1959.
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