Sunday, August 17, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Chillin' Wit'...Pinky Kravitz, legendary A.C. radio personality

VENTNOR, N.J. - His wife, Janet, has just returned from grocery shopping on this balmy Sunday, and Pinky Kravitz, 86, sporting a purple Adidas track suit, is sitting in a wicker rocking chair on the front porch.

Atlantic City, intertwined with the longtime radio host's heart for most of his life, is just across the street. In the bay on the end of his block, five 380-foot wind turbines can be seen spinning in the distance.

"They call me Mr. Atlantic City," says Kravitz. "It's been a joy doing what I do."

Kravitz has been on the air for more than 55 years, and he balks at the idea of retirement or trading his house by the bay for something sunnier in Florida. He's on the air five days a week at WOND 1400 AM, writes a column for the Press of Atlantic City and has regular television appearances.

Kravitz once did a show from a hospital when he was getting his heart checked out.

"The doctor came in the room and said, 'Who are you on the phone with?' I went to commercial break," he says.

A former center for the New York University basketball team, the 6-foot-4 Kravitz also plays tennis three days a week.

"Last time I played basketball, I got my nose smashed," he says with a laugh.

Eventually, all his conversations veer back to Atlantic City, where he moved as a child with his family from Philly's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood.

His beloved city, despite the recent closing of the Atlantic Club and encroaching casino competition, is on the rebound, he says.

"This city has a history of highs and a history of lows," he says. "What we need is more things outside of casinos, more shows and more interesting things for people to do."

Kravitz doesn't always reveal how he got his nickname, but on this afternoon he says it was bestowed upon him many years ago by a neighborhood kid in Atlantic City who didn't like his given name - Seymour.

- Jason Nark

 


Chillin' Wit' is a regular Monday feature of the Daily News that spotlights a name in the news away from the job.

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