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Tony Orlando will host WABC/770 music show on Saturday nights

Tony Orlando will being his Saturday night

 Tony Orlando will being his Saturday night WABC radio show featuring music from the 1960s and '70s starting this weekend.  Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong

Tony Orlando — of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" and "Knock Three Times" fame, also headliner of countless summer concert series on Long Island — is coming to radio as host of a greatest-hits show on WABC/770 AM launching this Saturday, the station announced Thursday.

The show, which will air from 10 to midnight, means that WABC — which is largely all-talk during the weekend — will turn largely all-oldies-music on Saturday nights. Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow's WABC show also will expand an hour starting this Saturday, airing from 6 to 10 p.m.

In a statement, Orlando, 76, said "I am thrilled to be back on the radio on 77 WABC to play the greatest hits of an iconic generation: the sixties and seventies. I can’t wait to be on the airwaves with my fans who are looking forward to the greatest hits — we are going to have a lot of fun."

Orlando — born Michael Anthony "Tony" Orlando Cassavitis — is a mutli-hypenate with a long career as songwriter, performer, music producer, actor and variety show star ("The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show" on CBS in the mid-1970s). "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" was a No. 1 hit in 1973 for many weeks and has been on radio continuously ever since.

John Catsimatidis, WABC's owner, said in his own statement: "Orlando is an iconic musician who holds a place in the hearts of everyone who lived through the sixties and seventies … My motto is make music, not war."

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