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Joe Franklin dies at 88; interviewed 'plate twirlers' and stars
Joe Franklin dies at 88; interviewed 'plate twirlers' and stars

Joe Franklin, an institution of New York City broadcasting and self-crowned "king of nostalgia" who bantered on radio and television with celebrity A-listers and D-listers alike, has died. He was 88. He died Saturday at a hospice in Manhattan, according to Steve Garrin, his producer and longtime friend. The cause was prostate cancer. Like many entertainers he interviewed, Franklin was cagey about his age, often shaving off a few years by listing his birth year as 1928. After divulging his "real" 1926 birth date in his 1995 memoir, Franklin began saying he was born in 1929. In an on-air career that began in the heyday of radio and continued into podcasting,...

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