Deaths Elsewhere

January 11, 2004

John A. Gambling,

73, whose New York morning radio show, "Rambling with Gambling," was founded by his father in 1925 and continued by his son after he retired, died Thursday of a heart attack in Venice, Fla.

He worked at New York radio station WOR-AM from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. The news and talk show was a New York institution for decades, known for quiet dignity in a market increasingly dominated by shock jocks.

The show lasted longer than 75 years, and was listed as the world's longest-running radio show in Guinness World Records 2003. Mr. Gambling took over from his father, John B. Gambling, who started the program. After he retired, his son, John R. Gambling, became the primary host until the show was discontinued in 2000.

Fraydele Oysher,

90, a star of the Yiddish theater and a member of a musical dynasty, died Monday at her home in Manhattan, said her daughter, the singer and comedian Marilyn Michaels.

The daughter of a cantor, Ms. Oysher began her career as a child actress in the Yiddish theaters that once dotted Second Avenue on the Lower East Side. She starred in musicals written for her, including The Little Queen, The Golden Girl and Fraydele's Wedding.

She also specialized in one of the Yiddish theater's staple roles: the Yeshiva boy who - it is revealed in the final, show-stopping number - is really a girl.

As an adult, she became one of the first women to sing cantorial music onstage, long before women were allowed to assume that role in Reform and Conservative synagogues.

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