Tony Orlando named Grand Marshal of Greek Independence parade
It’s a new dawn.
Seventies star Tony Orlando has been named the Grand Marshal of WABC Radio’s 200th-anniversary celebration of Greek Independence Day at the station’s new event space “Studio 77” on March 25, we’re told.
Because the annual parade was canceled due to COVID, the station’s owner John Catsimatidis decided to move the party indoors.
Catsimatidis said, “The all-day program will be dedicated to Greece’s cultural impact on America.”
Greg Kelly and Larry Kudlow will be among the on-air speakers.
Orlando said, “I was born Michael Anthony Orlando to Puerto Rican and Greek parents and was raised in NYC.” He jokingly calls himself a “Greek-a-Rican.”
“My father, Leo, was born in NY but my grandparents came from Crete. My father was one of the most successful furriers in NYC, and an amazing craftsman.”
Orlando hosts a Saturday night show for the station.
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