EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Fink confirms story about New Year’s Day debacle

fink01small.jpgLast week, Suburbarazzi published an item about Jimmy Fink, a deejay for the White Plains-based radio station The Peak. While working for another radio station and boss years ago, Fink was “fired” immediately after working an unwanted New Year’s Day morning shift that the boss “begged” him to do, according to a recent story told on air by Howard Stern’s producer Gary Dell’Abate.

Reached by phone last week, Fink confirmed Dell’Abate’s story, but said it warranted a couple of clarifications.

First, Fink said that after he worked the 6 a.m. to noon shift at WPLJ on the first day of 1980, his boss summoned him to his office to tell him he was fired. Dell’Abate had said that the boss “called” Fink to fire him, but Fink said that action happened in person.

Second, Fink said his boss mistakenly thought he was cutting him at the end of a pay period, but because Fink started another 13-week pay period Jan. 1, he had to be paid for that duration regardless. Fink not only was rehired, but also wound up staying with WPLJ — and his boss — until the station changed formats three years later, he said.

Even though Fink, an Eastchester High School alumnus, had been “fired” after 10 years at the station, he said he didn’t take it personally.

“He wasn’t firing me for something that I did or anything,” he told Suburbarazzi. “You know, that’s the way it is in the radio business. You usually will find out, ‘Hey, you just did your last show,’ for whatever reason it happens to be.”

(Photo courtesy of Jimmy Fink.)

Chris Serico

A Westchester native and Boston College grad, Chris Serico will host your game show for scale. A features reporter for the The Journal News, he's also written for the newspaper's Listening Room, Suburbarazzi and Remote Access entertainment blogs. For those about to rock, he salutes you.