Glenn Crespo

Glenn Crespo

WCBS 880 Traffic Reporter Glenn Crespo Dies At 64

July 26, 2018 - 4:14 pm

ELIZABETH, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- WCBS 880 Traffic Reporter and longtime New York City area radio veteran Glenn Crespo has died.

Crespo passed away early Wednesday following complications from a heart attack. He was 64 years old.

He joined WCBS 880 in March of last year, reporting on traffic every weekend. He also filled in weekdays when any of the full-time traffic reporters were off.

Crespo was also a longtime news anchor at WBGO Jazz 88.3, where he won a national PRNDI award for his evening newscasts, the station reported. He also anchored numerous morning newscasts with Gary Walker at WBGO since 2012, the station reported.

He graduated from St. John’s University, and got his start at WNEW News in 1977, WBGO remembered. He was there until September 1991 – first as a desk assistant and then doing sports reports and weekend anchor shifts beginning in 1986.

Crespo spent the next 16 years with the news department there anchoring news on the New York Giants Football network, the station reported.

“My time at WNEW was a great learning experience for me, working with Bob Hagen, Bruce Charles, Charles Scott King, Andy Fisher, Mike Eisgrau and Peggy Stockton. There were many major news stories covered during my time there; ‘Son of Sam,’ The Northeast blackout, the helicopter crash on the Pan Am Building, hijackings, presidential elections, the First Gulf War, the Battle for the Falkland Islands, the blizzard of 1977, transit strikes, the murder of John Lennon, the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan and the Challenger disaster to name a few,” Crespo wrote in an essay on a website for memories of the old WNEW 1130 AM.

After the WNEW-AM news department closed, Crespo went on to become news director and morning anchor at WXPS in Hawthorne, and also freelanced for WFAS, WFAN, WBLS, and WHUD in Peekskill.

In 1995, Crespo became news director at WVNJ in Teaneck. He then joined Shadow Traffic, where he remained for years doing traffic on WINS and WQCD.

He also worked for several years for The Wall Street Journal Radio Division.

Crespo is a New York City native who has lived his whole life in Morningside Heights. WBGO noted that he was a movie buff with a passion for horror and science fiction, and a lifelong New York Yankees fan.

In breaking the news of Crespo’s passing Thursday morning, WCBS 880 morning news anchor Paul Murnane said Crespo “will be missed, noting that Crespo was “part of the New York radio fabric for more than 40 years”.

WCBS 880 veteran Wayne Cabot said Crespo was a “sweet guy. Sweet, sweet man.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date.