There’s a long radio tradition associated with Sardi’s. Starting in 1947, Bill Slater hosted a show live from the dining room, followed in that capacity by Tom Slater, Ray Heatherton and Arlene Francis.
For WOR Radio, Joan Hamburg sometimes did a broadcast from the famed restaurant on West 44th Street. And last night, it was finally Hamburg’s turn to be memorialized with a Richard Baratz caricature.
Joining her for the ceremony were several family members. Afterwards, as is tradition, Hamburg inscribed her caricature with a personal message.
Baratz’s wife of 28 years and fellow Brooklyn native, Judy, says he’s being modest. In New York’s theater district, she says, everyone knows the name Richard Baratz.
“There isn’t a person on Broadway if you walked up Shubert Alley and you said who’s the caricaturist at Sardi’s, I don’t think there’s a person who doesn’t know who Richard is,” Judy Baratz says. “Richard is extremely, extremely humble. Too humble.”