Joe Franklin

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Joe Franklin
Franklin in 2007
Joseph Fortgang

(1926-03-09)March 9, 1926
DiedJanuary 24, 2015(2015-01-24) (aged 88)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Cause of deathProstate cancer
OccupationTelevision and radio personality
Years active1951–2014

Joe Franklin (born Joseph Fortgang; March 9, 1926 – January 24, 2015) was an American radio and television host personality from New York City. He is best known for the television talk-and-variety show format that set the standard for television talk shows.

His show began in 1951 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993.[1] He interviewed over 100,000 guests during his 43 year career.

Franklin died of prostate cancer at a hospice on January 24, 2015 at the age of 88.[2][3]

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  1. Hinckley, David (November 26, 1999). "Joe Franklin: Truth in Packaging". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  2. Barron, James (24 January 2015). "Joe Franklin, a Talk Show Institution in New York, Dies at 88" – via
  3. Sharpio, Rich (January 24, 2015). "Joe Franklin 'King of Nostalgia' dead at 88". New York Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2015-01-25.

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