Bernie McGuirk, one of the most decent and funniest human beings in media, has passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with prostate cancer.
A sharp wit, a faster self-deprecating sense of humor, McGuirk shared his heart, soul, and opinions when his microphone was live, and for all of us who knew Bernie, he was funny on air, but tearful laughs poured off-air. He was one of a kind.
Bernie McGuirk was one-half of the “Bernie & Sid” morning show at Big Apple Media talk WABC New York (770).
“We are all devastated by the loss of Bernie,” Red Apple Media owner John Catsimatidis said in a release. “He was a true New Yorker whose talent and intelligence propelled him to the top of New York morning radio. He had incredible insights on local, national, and world news that his listeners respected. He will be missed by everyone at WABC and his fans around the world.”
McGuirk had been with WABC since 2007 as Executive Producer of the “Imus in the Morning Show,” after working with Imus during his latter days at the former WNBC. McGuirk worked with Imus when the show became nationally syndicated in 1993.
In 2016, McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg, another Imus alumnus, co-hosted the WABC’s “Bernie & Sid” in the 10am-Noon midday slot before the two eventually moved to morning drive in April 2018, replacing Imus.
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“Bernie was not just half of Bernie and Sid in the Morning; Bernie was part of the fabric of WABC,” President Chad Lopez said. “Listeners from all around the world started their days with Bernie’s charismatic wit and insight, from tragic events to American’s day-to-day life. His absence will leave a hole not just at WABC but across the airwaves and in America’s hearts. Bernie was our brother, our friend, our mentor, our colleague. We will all miss Bernie more than words can express.”
“Bernie was my partner and my friend. He was always the smartest guy in the room, and I was fortunate to be the guy next to him. I know our listeners join me in grieving the loss to radio and to New York,” said Sid Rosenberg.
On Tuesday, October 11, a special tribute will air remembering Bernie McGuirk.