Gerald Norman Springer was born in London, England, during World War II to refugees escaping the Holocaust. Springer was raised in Queens, New York City. In 1971 he was elected to the Cincinnati City Council. He resigned three years later after he admitted to soliciting a prostitute, scandal came public because he paid her with a check that bounced and she reported him. Springer eventually won his seat back by a landslide the next year largely in part to his honesty about the situation. In 1977 he was selected by the City Council to serve as Mayor of the City of Cincinnati for a year. In 1982 he lost the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio. After that he went full time with his broadcasting career.