Hillary Clinton and Kathy Hochul Celebrate Radio Legend ‘Cousin Brucie’

It was Brucie’s bipartisan party.

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

One of the attendees, music producer Steve Garrin, joked that Clinton should throw her hat in the presidential ring again.

He added, “I voted for you,” and Clinton replied, “Everyone in New York voted for me.” Garrin replied, “I know three people who haven’t,” and Clinton laughed, we’re told.

The event was also a party honoring the 102nd anniversary of 77 WABC radio — and a 75th birthday party for billionaire station owner (and frequent Republican mayoral hopeful) John Catsimatidis.

John Catsimatidis paid tribute to Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow at a WABC radio birthday gala.
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Morrow is known for introducing his audiences to rock bands as great as The Beatles, and has been celebrated via video by hit artists such as Carole King, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Lee Greenwood, Frankie Avalon, Gary US Bonds and Darlene Love. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and retired slugger Darryl Strawberry also weighed in.

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

Many artists remember first meeting Morrow as a young man in the ’60s, when he was an announcer at the Palisades amusement park, where artists from the Supremes to Billy Joel got their start and where the showman in leopard print costume staged 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 tribute to the famous DJ.
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Catsimatidis, dressed in a gold sequined jacket, and his wife, Margo, presented Brucie with a microphone-shaped prize, as well as a cla*sic phonograph.

Joked the DJ, now in his eighties, of the old Victrola: “Believe it or not, when this existed, I wasn’t on the radio.” He added: “What a tribute. I am in your debt,” and said he wanted to keep the turntable in his station studio.

Also in attendance at the gala were station chief Chad Lopez and WABC talent, including Sid Rosenberg – who delivered a moving tribute to his late co-host Bernie McGuirk.

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