Little known fact: The B-52’s used to live in Mahopac back in the 1980s. Yes, that’s right, back in the days of “Cosmic Thing,” “Roam,” and “Love Shack,” the group was actually recording tunes right in Putnam County.
Which is my awkward way to segueing into news that they’ll be returning to the greater Lower Hudson Valley region again soon. On April 11 they’re set to host a concert at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. The event will be a fundraiser for Open Door Family Medical Centers, and Scarsdale’s Jimmy Fink, a DJ for 107.1 The Peak, will play host. Now the catch: tickets to the concert cost from $75 to $125, and if you want to attend the benefit dinner, be prepared to shell out $500.
VIP Tickets are available online at opendoormedical.org or by calling Cristina SanjuÃƒÂ¡s-Dopazo at 914-502-1414. Concert Only Tickets are available only through The Performing Arts CenterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ticket Office at artscenter.org or by calling 914-251-6200.
Why a picture of 107.1‘s Jimmy Fink and Santa? Why not!
One other reason: After attending a recent Peak Performance with Dan Wilson, during which Fink held court, I’m convinced that the man is the greatest live music interviewer of our time.
That’s right Santa, Fink is #1!
Suburbarazzi blew out the candles Saturday in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Fink’s graduation from Eastchester High School.
Yesterday, Jimmy e-mailed me with a follow-up about his the yearbook group photo for the graduating class of 1967:
In the big graduation picture, where we all posed on the bleachers at EHS, I am the only one wearing sunglasses!!
The Scarsdale resident and deejay at the White Plains-based The Peak provided Suburbarazzi with an additional exclusive: He said he had dinner Friday with his best friend from his high school days and today alike, Donald Levy.
In the yearbook, under his name, it said, ‘Found with Fink.’ I guess it’s still true.
Here’s a shout-out to Scarsdale resident Jimmy Fink, the local deejay who graduated from Eastchester High School 40 years ago today.
James Curtis Fink grabbed his diploma in the high school auditorium on White Plains Road in 1967, perhaps informing those in attendance that the No. 1 song on the charts that day was Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
He would go on to a prestigious radio career in New York City and Westchester County, where he continues to
spin records play mp3s for The Peak, based in “New York’s Backyard,” a.k.a. White Plains.
So much for the Pink Floyd Wall Theorem of “We don’t need no (sic) education.”
Yesterday on RNN, Suburbarazzi’s Chris Serico talked about Rosie O’Donnell’s “Nuclear Wednesday” and the fallout from her feud with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, as well as John Schneider’s quest to sell the General Lee and Jimmy Fink’s 1980 firing from WPLJ.
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Last 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.)
Gary Dell’Abate, the radio producer for shock jock Howard Stern, recently talked on the air about the difficulties people in the radio industry face during holiday seasons. In the process, Dell’Abate referenced my fellow Eastchester High School alumnus and my favorite local deejay, Jimmy Fink.
Last week, Dell’Abate had been chatting with colleagues on Stern’s “Wrap Up Show” about unwanted holiday radio shifts early in their careers. He then recounted a story that involves Fink getting served — and I don’t mean delicious pancakes at his defunct Ardsley restaurant, either:
Jimmy Fink, … great guy, he told me this story: He worked at (a) radio station, and the guy that ran the radio station begged him, begged him, begged him to work on New Year’s Day, which he did not want to do. And the guy says, ‘I really need you to do this: I need you to do 6 to noon on New Year’s Day.’ So (Fink) said that he went out (on New Year’s Eve), but he got home at like 10 o’clock. He and his wife toasted and then he went to sleep early. And he got up and he did 6 to noon, and he got off the air — and the guy called him and fired him…. (The boss) totally knew what he was going to do (and) figured, ‘Why (tick) off one of my employees I’m keepin’?’
Here’s hoping Fink’s current radio bosses at The Peak are far more appreciative.
An interesting fact, which Dell’Abate did not mention: Fink — who spun records at WPLJ and WNEW before working at the same station as the Stern crew at what was then WXRK — now broadcasts on 107.1 FM, the same airwaves that in the ’70s provided Stern with his first paying radio gig. Back then, though, the station had different call letters and broadcast from Briarcliff Manor instead of its current White Plains digs.
(File photo by Seth Harrison/The Journal News)
My collegue Jeanne Muchnick just got word that Jimmy’s Great American Pancakes (925 Saw Mill River Rd.; Ardsley) may either be closing its doors or getting bought out. The retro diner, opened by Mitty Carpenito and my favorite 107.1 The Peak DJ Jimmy Fink, barely made it to its half birthday. Although I’m sad to see it go, I’d rather hear Jimmy’s voice on the radio than behind the counter any day.
R.I.P. Jimmy’s Great American Pancakes.
(photo by Seth Harrison/TJN)