WPLJ's Howard 'The Cab Driver' Dies
July 7, 2010 at 6:17 AM (PT)
Former WPLJ morning co-host HOWARD "THE CAB DRIVER" HENKIN died in his sleep MONDAY, JUNE 28th.
Former PD LARRY BERGER wrote, "One morning from inside his windowless studio, JIM [KERR, the morning host on PLJ] announced it was going to be a beautiful sunny day. HOWARD called in to disagree, since he was driving his cab through a torrential downpour. JIM dared him to do it better and HOWARD took him up on the challenge. For several years, HOWARD parked his cab with the hood open right in front of 1330 as he went up to WPLJ to do his weather report on JIM’s show. His unique style and NEW YORK Jewish character soon made him a regular cast member of JIM KERR AND THE MORNING CREW. HOWARD was mostly in the studio but often went out to do phoners, prize giveaways, and the like. In the 1980’s, HOWARD revealed on WPLJ that his secret weather source was 1010 WINS. The next day, WINS’ GM JOHN WAUGAMAN came up to WPLJ to give HOWARD an award of merit. HOWARD THE CABDRIVER married his second wife live on WPLJ in a wedding officiated by a clergyman chosen by JIM as 'the 95th rabbi on the Powerlines at 955-9595.'"
Longtime morning partner JIM KERR told ALL ACCESS, "I hope peopple remember his generosity. He always volunteered for charity events. They were an important part of his life."
KERR also mentioned that HOWARD's daughter STEFANIE said any donation in her father's name to any children's fund or to the ASPCA would be appreciated.