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East Hills home once owned by WOR announcer Phil Tonken for sale

This 2,600-square-foot East Hills property once belonged to

This 2,600-square-foot East Hills property once belonged to WOR radio announcer Phil Tonken. Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

This 2,600-square-foot East Hills property listed for $1.198 million once belonged to legendary WOR radio and TV announcer Phil Tonken.

The home includes four bedrooms, one of which is a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, and three bathrooms.

The eat-in kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances; it also has pantry space and a center island. The dining room is lined with flagstone slate flooring. The den features large bay windows overlooking a Japanese garden in the backyard. Original hardwood floors remain throughout the living room and bedrooms.

The basement functions as both a recreation room and laundry. A private staircase leads to an outdoor patio and seating area outside.

The property, just shy of a half-acre, also has central air conditioning and heating and a two-car garage.

Tonken, who lived in the home for more than 40 years, built a recording studio — now a guest bedroom — off the main living room to record for a plethora of radio programs, including “Passport to Romance,” “The Mysterious Traveler,” “High Adventure” and “Quiet, Please,” as well as the two feature films he narrated: “In Search of Bigfoot” and “The Secret of Magic Island.”

Jean Shepherd of “A Christmas Story” fame once described Tonken’s voice as “a combination of King Kong, the organ at Westminster Cathedral, and wind whistling through Mammoth Cave.”

The home is listed with J. Billee Spodek of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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