Broadcast Pioneers member Harry Hurley was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 19, 1960 (just like his twin brother, Broadcast Pioneers member Don Hurley). His broadcasting career began on July 1, 1992 on WFPG, 1450 AM, when he created the program, "Hurley in the Morning." Hurley's first guest was New Jersey Governor Jim Florio. No Governor had ever appeared live, in-studio on an Atlantic City-Cape May, Metro Market broadcast prior to Hurley's program.
Hurley has been known as The Mayor of the Morning in South Jersey for more than two decades and has been an annual recipient of the www.Politickernj.com Top 100 Political Power list in the state of the Jersey each year from 2007 to the present. The publication "In the Lobby" ranked Hurley as the 7th best political journalist in the state of New Jersey in their top 10 list.
Talkers Magazine, known as the "Bible of Talk Radio" has named Harry Hurley as one of the "Top 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America." Harry is the first person from Southern New Jersey to ever achieve this.
Hurley has interviewed numerous Members of Congress, Governors (Florio, Whitman, McGreevey, Codey, Corzine and Christie) state, county and local elected officials and A-List celebrities during the past several decades. "Hurley in the Morning" has aired consecutively since July 1, 1992 (16-plus years on Millennium Radio New Jersey/now Townsquare Media, 5 years on WIBG 1020 AM Radio and a brief stint with New Talk 1400 WOND Radio, before returning to Townsquare Media).
During this time, Hurley has logged more than 22,000 on-air hours of broadcasting time. Hurley is presently the Senior Programming Consultant for Townsquare Media's WPG Talk Radio 1450 and the host of the "Hurley in the Morning" Radio Program, weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Hurley has spent more than 16 of his 22 years in radio with Townsquare Media, before that known as Millennium Radio.
Hurley was the former Afternoon (12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. daily) Talk Show Host for News Talk 1400 WOND Radio and the former Vice President of Programming & Operations for WIBG 1020 AM Radio (Talk format) and Wibbage FM 94.3 Radio (Oldies Music) stations. Additionally, (at WIBG) Hurley hosted his talk radio program "Hurley in the Morning," from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, throughout parts of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
On May 31, 1996, Hurley was personally selected by Ollie North to guest host his national 3 pm to 6 pm daily broadcast. Hurley appeared on 148 radio stations around America. It remains one of the few times that a local metro market broadcaster has served as a national broadcaster. Guests that day included: United States Speaker of The House Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, United States Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Donald Trump.
Hurley is also the founder and chairman of the "Hurley in the Morning Golf Open" Charity, which has raised more than $ 350,000 since June, 2008. It is the largest charity golf tournament of its kind in the region.
At age 19 in 1979, Hurley became one of the youngest full-time newspaper staff writers in America to earn his staff writer byline at The Press of Atlantic City.
Hurley left The Press in 1980 and enjoyed a successful 10-year career as an Atlantic City Hotel Casino Executive. Hurley served at the highest level of the casino industry, becoming the senior hotel executive for Donald Trump's, Trump Castle Casino Resort by the Bay. Hurley also enjoyed successful executive stints at The Golden Nugget Casino Hotel with Steve Wynn and Merv Griffin's Resorts Casino Hotel.
Hurley has also hosted numerous television programs (Hurley in the Evening, Hurley at Night, Deborah Heart and Lung Center) throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware for Suburban Cable and WPSJ Television stations from 1995 to present.
Hurley considers being a broadcaster an absolute privilege, fully recognizing the special bond between broadcaster and the audience and the fierce loyalty that is developed.
In an industry that swallows up on-air talent fast, Hurley is most grateful for having the opportunity to enjoy longevity and signing-on daily during a career that can be measured in decades; noting that is something that you can never take for granted.
Harry and Margie were married on October 17, 1981 and they live in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. They have three adult children; Kristin, Lauren and Robert and grandson Noah Hurley Baker.
On Friday evening, November 22, 2013, Harry Hurley was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's "Hall of Fame." On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Harry Hurley was inducted into The New Jersey Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. On Friday, May 20, 2016, Talkers Magazine presented Harry with their national "Humanitarian of the Year Award" for 2016.
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