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Photo Flashback: Remembering Joe Franklin


New York's treasured radio and TV host Joe Franklin died on Saturday, Jan. 24, from prostate cancer. He was 88.

Franklin was best known for his late-night TV show which aired 1950-1963, which set the Guinness World Record for the longest running talk show of all time.

Joe Franklin (born Joseph Fortgang; March 9, 1926 - January 24, 2015) was an American radio and television host personality from New York City, best known for pioneering the television talk-and-variety show format that set the standard for television talk shows. His show began in 1950 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993. He claimed to have interviewed over 300,000 guests during his 43 year television career.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Flashback: Remembering Joe Franklin
Joe Franklin attending the Crystal Apple Awards at Gracie Mansion on June 11, 1997 in New York City.

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