New Jersey radio host Pinky Kravitz misses show for first time in 56 years BY Lee Moran NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, May 21, 2015, 8:14 AM Donald Kravitz/Getty Images Pinky Kravitz is said to be "in very good spirits" after undergoing heart surgery Monday. Heart problems have forced a New Jersey radio host off-air for the first time in 56 years. Pinky Kravitz has entertained Atlantic City via his "Pinky's Corner" program on WOND-AM 1400 for more than five-and-a-half decades. But his voice was not heard on his usual 4 to 6 p.m. timeslot Friday after he called out sick, reports the Press of Atlantic City. The 87-year-old reportedly woke up feeling ill and took himself to hospital. He ended up having heart surgery at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's Mainland Campus in Pomona on Monday. Longport Media president Dave Coskey said it was the first time the veteran broadcaster had ever called out sick. "Friday, he called and said, 'I will not be able to do my show today.' It did strike me as kind of unusual, but you don't always want to pry into people's personal business," said Coskey. The station boss visited Kravitz over the weekend and said he was "in very good spirits." And he revealed he's since heard the procedure went well and that the patient wants to return to the radio studio as soon as possible. "The way that we left it is that we would take it week by week depending on how he feels," Coskey told the Press of Atlantic City. "From personal experience, I can tell you that in the past, Pinky has done his show from a hospital without anyone knowing that he was doing it from a hospital, including his doctors, I would imagine," he added. Kravitz's son Gregg released a written statement about his father's condition. "We thank his many listeners, fans and friends for their concern and well wishes. We ask for privacy at this time," he wrote. "Pinky doesn't need anything right now other than the care the ARMC doctors and staff are giving him," he added. Tom Lamaine, Dan Klein, Bob Burns and Don Williams will fill in on the show.