Remembering Harry Harrison, Former CBS-FM DJ

Harrison has passed away at 89-years-old

January 28, 2020

With sadness and fond memories, we say so long to beloved New York radio personality, DJ Harry Harrison. He has passed away at 89-years-old after battling health issues.

Harry Harrison
(Photo: Louis Pulice/WCBS-FM)
Some background:

Harry Harrison was born on September 20th, 1930 in Chicago, IL and got his start in radio filling in for DJs in his home state before joining WMCA in New York as the mid-day "Good Guy" in 1959, staying with the station until 1968 when he joined WABC (AM). 

In March 1980, Harrison became the morning show personality at WCBS-FM, playing the "oldies."

On April 25th, 1997, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani issued a proclamation, naming April 25th "Harry Harrison Day" in honor of the city's "second Mayor" as he became known  

After 44-years in New York radio, Harrison left WCBS-FM in March 2003 saying, "I am not retiring." Harrison returned with a Saturday morning show on the station in 2004. 

On June 3rd, 2005, WCBS-FM ended the "oldies" format, replacing it with the new "Jack" format, and ending Harrison's time on the station. Although the "oldies" were brought back in 2007 in a modernized form, since then the station has gradually phased out '50s and '60s music for a Classic Hits format.

Here is just a sampling of the reactions we received online...

Listen to Harry's famous "May You Always" holiday tribute below.