Joel A. Spivak

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“Here is the obituary from the Philadelphia Inquirer: Joel A. Spivak, radio, TV host By Nathan Gorenstein Inquirer Staff Writer Joel A....Read More »
1 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“This is the text of the Philadelphia Inquirer obituary: Joel A. Spivak, radio, TV host By Nathan Gorenstein Inquirer Staff Writer Joel A. Spivak,...Read More »
2 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“Here is the text of the Philadelphia Inquirer Obituary from 3/7/11. ********************* Joel A. Spivak, radio, TV host By Nathan Gorenstein ...Read More »
3 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“Here is the text of the Washington Post obituary:Joel A. Spivak, radio personality and anti-smoking spokesman, dies at 75******By T. Rees Shapiro,...Read More »
4 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“In the mid 1970's I was one of "the new kids" coming in to start up a news format on WCAU radio. Joel A. Spivak's professionalism is something I...Read More »
5 of 64 | Posted by: John Mussoni - New Castle, DE

“While working as a show producer at WRC-AM Radio in the 80's, I had the honor of screening calls for Joel A Spivak. I have fond memories of his sharp...Read More »
6 of 64 | Posted by: Hope Berschler - San Jose, CA

“Joel was a very good man. He gave me encouragement in my budding screenwriting career. His simple actions had a profound effect on my life. I...Read More »
7 of 64 | Posted by: Jenny Reed - Manassas, VA

“Providence, Rhode Island radio, in the late 50s, early to mid 60s was the place where so many super talents honed their acts. It was a mecca, of...Read More »
8 of 64 | Posted by: Bill & Janis Corsair - Manhattan, NY

“Providence, Rhode Island radio, in the late 50s, early to mid 60s was the place where so many super talents honed their acts. It was a mecca, of...Read More »
9 of 64 | Posted by: Bill & Janis Corsair - Manhattan, NY

“March 10, 2011 I was privileged to work with Joel at WCAU AM & TV as his producer back in the mid to very late 70's. Back then, radio talk was king,...Read More »
10 of 64 | Posted by: Kathleen Quaid-Weisz - PA

“When Joel joined WCAU-TV, I had the pleasure of working with him on a number of documentary programs in the late 1970's. One of the most interesting...Read More »
11 of 64 | Posted by: Dan Sitarski

“Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to Matt and his family. May the memories keep you going. With sympathies, Azhlan and Toli ”
12 of 64 | Posted by: Azhlan Ahmet - Skopje

“Me and my family share your sorrow and pray that the love of all of those around you will help in this time of sadness. Our deepest condolences to...Read More »
13 of 64 | Posted by: Cane Kotevski

“As Joel was fond of saying; "Now for something completely different..." He was one of the greats. My sympathies to his family & loved ones. ”
14 of 64 | Posted by: Jim

“Our deepest condolences to Matt, Kim and the kids, and to the entire Spivak family. With sympathies, Philip and Solveig ”
15 of 64 | Posted by: Ambassador Philip Reeker

“Dear Matt, Kim, Isaac, and Natasha, I am glad we spoke shortly before your trip. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Please...Read More »
16 of 64 | Posted by: Melanie, Irena, and Nermin Skopje

“My thoughts go out to all of you. I have lost loved ones and can imagine the sorrow. My prayers are that the time to move from pain to celebration of...Read More »
17 of 64 | Posted by: David Reiter

“Dear Matthew, Kim ,Isaac, Natasha and family, Our hearts and thoughts go out to you at the sad loss of your (grand)father Joel. We were very sad to...Read More »
18 of 64 | Posted by: Peter and Louise Kampen-van Dijken

“Joel A. Spivak ("speaking") will always be remembered for his wonderful, dry sense of humor that kept his listeners entertained when he was behind...Read More »
19 of 64 | Posted by: Gerry - Philadelphia, PA

“Dear AnneSo very saddened by your loss. Joel was an original-- not to be duplicated. He was a real friend and integral part of our Men's Group. We...Read More »
20 of 64 | Posted by: Lee Dogoloff - Dagsboro, DE

“I fondly remember Joel from his work on WCAU-AM 1210 in Philadelphia. Joel's talk show followed our Morning News program on 'CAU and he always...Read More »
21 of 64 | Posted by: Bill Stabler - Washington, DC

“March 06, 2011 Great talk show host was one of the bright times of my day you will be missed. ”
22 of 64 | Posted by: James Minor - Temple Hills, MD

“You will be dearly missed by so many. I will always hold onto the memories. Your sense of humor and positive attitude will be missed. You always had...Read More »
23 of 64 | Posted by: Madeleine Johnson - Placerville, CA


24 of 64 | Posted by: Matthew Spivak

“I am sure we will all dearly miss you; however no one will even come close to missing your milkshakes as me. I will always cherish the memories i...Read More »
25 of 64 | Posted by: Aiden Nietschy - Placerville, CA

“You will be sorely missed Joel. I feel blessed to have known you the years I did. You were always entertaining and lightened up our lives. Love,...Read More »
26 of 64 | Posted by: MIchelle Sims - Placerville, CA

“I had the good fortune of knowing Joel Spivak in two very different professional roles over the span of 20 years. In the early 90s When he had his...Read More »
27 of 64 | Posted by: Shelley - MD

“My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to Joel's family. I was shocked and crushed to hear of his death. After all of the years since I used to...Read More »
28 of 64 | Posted by: Michael Consoli - Fulton, MD

“I and my Mother-In-Law (late Sarah Hairston) had the pleasure of doing a show on Stalking in 1992 after the fatal shooting of my first wife Sharon. I...Read More »
29 of 64 | Posted by: Ricardo Wiggs - Clinton, MD

“I was privileged to work with Joel at WCAU AM & TV as his producer back in the mid to very late 70’s. Back then, radio talk was king, and Joel...Read More »
30 of 64 | Posted by: Kathleen Quaid-Weisz - PA

“It is not easy facing the loss of a loved one, as my thought's and prayers are with you and your family. We have a wonderful promise held out to each...Read More »
31 of 64 | Posted by: Rowland R. Gaunt - Falls Church, VA

“When Joel joined WCAU-TV, I had the pleasure of working with him on a number of documentary programs in the late 1970's. One of the most interesting...Read More »
32 of 64 | Posted by: Dan Sitarski - Philadelphia, PA

“I want to extend heartfelt sympathy to Joel's family at this time. It is difficult to lose such a wonderful colleague and friend. He was like...Read More »
33 of 64 | Posted by: A TFK Friend - Washington, DC

“When Joel joined WCAU-TV, I had the pleasure of working with him on a number of documentary programs in the late 1970's. One of the most interesting...Read More »
34 of 64 | Posted by: A friend

“I loved listening to "Joel A. Spivak Speaking" on WRC-AM radio. Some folks actually thought his last name was Speaking. His wit and professionalism...Read More »
35 of 64 | Posted by: craig griffin - herndon, VA

“Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to Matt and his family. May the memories keep you going.With sympathies, Azhlan and Toli ”
36 of 64 | Posted by: Azhlan Ahmet - Skopje

“Me and my family share your sorrow and pray that the love of all of those around you will help in this time of sadness.Our deepest condolences to Mr....Read More »
37 of 64 | Posted by: Cane Kotevski - Skopje

“As Joel was fond of saying; "Now for something completely different..." He was one of the greats.My sympathies to his family & loved ones.Jim ”
38 of 64 | Posted by: A friend

“Joel, Ann and I connect through our love of our dogs. His love of them will be one of my best memories of him. ”
39 of 64 | Posted by: Pat Schaap - Clarksville, MD

“"Joel A. Spivak Speaking" .... ”
40 of 64 | Posted by: A friend

“Our deepest condolences to Matt, Kim and the kids, and to the entire Spivak family.With sympathies, Philip and Solveig ”
41 of 64 | Posted by: Ambassador Philip Reeker

“I was a guest on Joel's radio show in the years following the murder of our beloved oledest child,Stephanie in 1982. Not only was this the most...Read More »
42 of 64 | Posted by: Roberta Roper - Upper Marlboro, MD

“Dear Matt, Kim, Isaac, and Natasha,I am glad we spoke shortly before your trip. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Please...Read More »
43 of 64 | Posted by: Melanie Reiter - Skopje

“My thoughts go out to all of you. I have lost loved ones and can imagine the sorrow. My prayers are that the time to move from pain to celebration of...Read More »
44 of 64 | Posted by: David Reiter - Skopje

“Joel was the BEST TALK SHOW HOST EVER ! I looked forward to his timeslot and can still smile at some Joel Spivak quotes :) I also remember him...Read More »
45 of 64 | Posted by: Sarah Shaw - Leesburg, VA

“Here is a link to another story about Pa from Eric Ober: http://www.the247newsroom.com/eric%20ober%20page%20104.php ”
46 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“When I first met Joel he was supposed to spend some time with us at a restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, he had just move to Washington. Well, he...Read More »
47 of 64 | Posted by: Peter Sr. - Rockville, MD

“I was so very sad to hear the news about Joel's passing on Friday. He was what I called a "professional curmudgeon with a heart of gold" and it was...Read More »
48 of 64 | Posted by: Maggy Sterner - Takoma Park, MD

“All the hackers at Heritage Hunt will forever miss you Joel. There will always be something missing on the weekends as we tee off on the first hole....Read More »
49 of 64 | Posted by: Matt Weden - Haymarket, VA

“I met Joel Spivak only once, at my wedding to Vahe in April 2001. There were a lot of people there that I'd never met before, who didn't register...Read More »
50 of 64 | Posted by: Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

“A photo of Joel with his grandson Issaac ”
51 of 64 | Posted by: Matthew Spivak

“My condolences to Joel's Family. He was such a good person and I was fortunate to call him 'friend'. Joel A. was definitely a class act. Rest in...Read More »
52 of 64 | Posted by: Tom Moran - Cherry Hill, NJ

“It was a privilege to work with Joel during the WWRC/Washington days. It seemed every day right before his show Joel would exclaim, "I don't know...Read More »
53 of 64 | Posted by: Tyler Cox - Dallas, TX

“Joel was one of the best radio hosts ever.. As a teenager we listened to him on KLAC and he is one of the reasons that I decided to try talk radio...Read More »
54 of 64 | Posted by: fred wallin - westlake village, CA

“His radio program here in the Washington DC area made running errands and getting stuck in traffic bearable. I miss his style of radio hosting. He...Read More »
55 of 64 | Posted by: Kathy Sahlberg - Dumfries, VA

Hi-res promo shot from 1980's.  KNBR in San Francisco. “Hi-res promo shot from 1980's. KNBR in San Francisco. ”
56 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“Joel and I played golf together on weekends at Heritage Hunt since 2003. Joel was always a great pal and fun in his "curmugdeon" way. Our group...Read More »
57 of 64 | Posted by: Cliff Alligood - Manassas, VA

“The special donation page for tobacco-free kids is now on online at www.tobaccofreekids.org/joelspivak ”
58 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“Hope its OK to cross-post, but there is another Guest Book site here:http://www.tributes.com/joelaspivak ”
59 of 64 | Posted by: Jonathan Spivak - Santa Cruz, CA

“Dear Matthew, Kim ,Isaac, Natasha and family,Our hearts and thoughts go out to you at the sad loss of your (grand)father Joel. We were very sad to...Read More »
60 of 64 | Posted by: Peter and Louise Kampen-van Dijken

“Joel A. Spivak ("speaking") will always be remembered for his wonderful, dry sense of humor that kept his listeners entertained when he was behind...Read More »
61 of 64 | Posted by: Gerry - Philadelphia, PA

“Dear AnneSo very saddened by your loss. Joel was an original-- not to be duplicated. He was a real friend and integral part of our Men's Group. We...Read More »
62 of 64 | Posted by: Lee Dogoloff - Dagsboro, DE

“I fondly remember Joel from his work on WCAU-AM 1210 in Philadelphia. Joel's talk show followed our Morning News program on 'CAU and he always...Read More »
63 of 64 | Posted by: Bill Stabler - Washington, DC, DC

“Great talk show host was one of the bright times of my day you will be missed. ”
64 of 64 | Posted by: James Minor - Temple Hills, MD


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A pioneer in talk radio and television, and a communication leader in the fight against tobacco, passed away on March 4, 2011 at his home in Alexandria, VA. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Decker Spivak; daughter, Amanda Clare Spivak Barrett; sons, Matthew Alexander and Jonathan Moss Spivak; grandchildren, Russell Thomas and Peter Kevin Barrett Jr., Isaac Jonathan and Natasha Jane Spivak; brother, Steven Glenn Spivak; and nephew, Charles Allyn Spivak. Those who knew Joel will remember him as being a faithful friend to Rolleaux. Friends may call on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA 22302. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids or the Washington Humane Society.