It’s been more than a year and a half since South Jersey — and the world — lost the iconic Pinky Kravitz. Nary a day goes by when his presence in these parts isn’t missed — be it on the radio, television or in print.
The former schoolteacher, columnist for The Press of Atlantic City and television and radio personality on Newstalk 1400-AM WOND for a record 57 years, died in October 2015 at the age of 88.
A real man about town, Kravitz was often referred to as “Mr. Atlantic City,” after the city he loved more than anything. That city will honor this local legend with a ceremony 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, on the A.C. Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza, that will include the unveiling of a plaque that will forever be part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Another local legend and Kravitz’s friend and WOND colleague Tom Lamaine — best known as a longtime Philadelphia TV meteorologist — will host the ceremony, which will kick off with a live radio broadcast of “The South Jersey Edition” with WOND radio host David Spatz at 3 p.m.
Speakers will pay homage to Kravitz on the plaza, including WOND President Dave Coskey, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Gary Hill of the MBCA and Schultz-Hill Foundation. Press of Atlantic City Director of Entertainment Publications Scott Cronick, who took over Kravitz’s 4 to 6 p.m. weekday timeslot on WOND as host of “Off the Press with Scott Cronick,” will close the ceremony by introducing Kravitz’s final radio program, which will be re-aired 4 to 6 p.m. on WOND 1400-AM and 92.5-FM.(tncms-asset)d77eaabc-4f3c-11e7-b0ac-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
“This plaque makes sure Pinky’s legend will always be part of Atlantic City, as it can be seen by the millions of visitors who come here every year and by all of the locals who miss his presence every day,” Cronick says of the plaque, which will be permanently displayed on the stage at Kennedy Plaza and features Kravitz’s photo that was used in his Press of A.C. column. “I try to pay homage to Pinky every day on the air by doing what he did: telling listeners why Atlantic City is not only a great place to visit, but to reside.”
Kennedy Plaza is located at the Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue in A.C. Go to WOND Radio.com for more.