John B. gambling began the program in 1925. The station had been on the air for less than 3 years. This was back when Bamberger's department store in Newark still owned WOR. The original title was Gambling's Musical Clock. The program and the station endured little change from the inception. In 1927, following General Order 40, WOR moved to 710 from its spot as share-time on 833. It remains on that stick to this day. John A. Gambling became host in 1959. Clearly determined to continue the dynasty, he started to bring his son, John R. Gambling, to the show as co-host beginning in 1985. When the John A. retired in 1991 John R. Gambling took over as the 3rd Gambling. He'd already been a college radio DJ at Boston University's 89.3 WTBU. More here.
But there was one interruption to the 88-year winning streak. In September of 2000, WOR cancelled the program. Until that moment it was the longest continually-running radio show in America. The second-longest running show was elated to now become the first...the Grand Ole Opry. 770 WABC-AM then hired Gambling essentially re-launching the franchise. But WOR owned the rights to the name "Rambling with Gambling" so the new show became "The John Gambling Show." But even that couldn't last. In January 2008, WABC laid off Gambling! By all reports it wasn't personal... the station was having serious money problems following it's sale by the Walt Disney Company to Citadel. More here.