Remembering Steve Post

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Steve Post works the phones (discourtesy of Laura Rosenberg)

Share your memories of longtime WNYC radio host Steve Post (Morning Music, The No Show), along with his friend Larry Josephson, veteran public radio producer and host and founder of the Radio Foundation.

Listen: WNYC's Sara Fishko Remembers Steve Post

Steve Post's Amazing Story About Getting Trapped on the WNYC Roof


Larry Josephson

Comments [49]

Eric, formally from the Bronx from Hudson, NY

Eric, formally from the Bronx

How sad I am, I just learned of Steve's demise. I guess the milestone of Steve's passing moves me closer to my own. I sometimes long for the past, memories always seem a little cleaner, brighter and good looking.
My earliest recollection of Steve was “The Outside” I was too naive to get the “inside jokes” but, always enjoyed the callers. The one regular caller, I remember, was “The enema lady.” She always sounded so serious as she turned from her clever lead in ruse to all things transanal irrigation; Steve responded by adroitly moving on...
In the seventies, I remember listening to Steve in “Room 101”. Steve's on air persona and commentary were always spot on, and I was less naive...
Steve taught me that humor can be mined from the darkest places. “Just when you think you've reached bottom, you find you've only scratched the surface.”

Thanks Steve, wherever you are!

PS - Send my regards to Dick and Rosemary!

Jan. 24 2015 09:21 AM
Janet from Pleasantville, NY

Late at night,in the dark of my third-floor bedroom in Far Rockaway, listening to Steve on WBAI. The feelings kicked up by those remembrances break me down now. As others have said, I felt like he was talking directly to me, and I had no idea how many other young, alienated, questioning NY high-schoolers and college students were out there too. I am happy to know there were so many of us. Then, finding him again on Morning Music, my favorite classical show, I grew up and raised my kids under his (to me) avuncular combination of wit, cynicism and self-revelation. I loved Steve Post and mourn his passing greatly. This is so painful.

Aug. 07 2014 09:58 AM
Gary from New Jersey

Unique. His voice is one of those that will forver be burned into my brain. I'm quite in shock that I will not hear his voice (live) again, not knowing he was ill at all.
At the age of 54, it seems i'm losing so many of these radio folks I considered as my extended family. And I don't see many folks around who will/can replace them either. I heard Post for many, many years on both WBAI & WNYC.
By the way, if anyone out there knows whatever happened to the former overnight classical DJ Stan David on WNYC from the 1980's. please let me know (, thanks-

Aug. 07 2014 08:56 AM
Astrid from Ossining

It would be wonderful if at sometime you could air the Cheap Dates of Fishko and Post??

Aug. 07 2014 08:30 AM
Tom from Montclair

All these comments shows how beloved that curmudgeon was. I started graduate school in 1981 at Columbia, and discovered Steve Post almost immediately. I was hooked, and have followed him all through his Public Radio career. Loved him on the Morning Music show, and enjoyed the amusing collaboration he had with Sarah Fishko ("Cheap Date"). I loved his stories on "The No Show". I would still have my Steve Post mug, but it broke years ago. He umpired a summertime softball game between WNYC personnel and listeners sometime in the mid 1990's. That was the only time I met him. He was a New York original, for sure.

Aug. 07 2014 08:06 AM
Warren Lehrer from from Maine at the moment

Wonderful segment, Brian and Larry. Had me in tears, laughing, crying. I too spent many a sleepless night during my high school years in Queens, the next room over from Brian (my brother) listening to Steve Post re-invent the art and play of radio on his overnight show on WBAI. With great wit, he fearlessly exposed his fears, ticks, and insecurities to listeners.

I remember that show too, when he first talked, very candidly and humorously, about his first bout with cancer (the beginning of very long battle). I recall him talking about being glad when the doctor said the test results were positive, and then he realized that positive was bad. By that point he had had surgery, and he unzipped his pants and showed his scar to the RADIO audience (this was pre-internet, so on the radio it was all left to your imagination, as he reminded us about the time LBJ showed his scar on TV during a talk to the nation).

I remember checking out the "Fat In" he organized in Central Park, even though I was skinny as a toothpick, remember him "hopscotching through the headlines" on "Room 101," telling stories about the "Upper Left Side," endless Nixon stuff, a documentary he produced about a player piano store in or around Rhinebeck. On WNYC he cracked open the classical music announcer mold, ripping and reading the news and fundraising like no one else, after which, hearing the overly cheery or deadly neutral sounding classical music announcers on public radio stations around the country reminded me always that I was no longer in New York where Steve Post gave permission to all of us to be dark, grumpy, and hysterical.
The power of radio (a medium that continues to reassert itself) connects us to personalities like Steve and Margot in very intimate ways.
Sad. Smile. Sad. Smile.

Aug. 06 2014 09:56 PM
Jessica Finkelberg Silver from Jersey City, baby!

Reading these comments is one more reminder, although I didn't need one, of the way in which public radio is a community. Steve Post was the kind of personality and presence that remained singularly NY, singularly public radio and stubbornly iconoclastic. Listening to him was like some kind of revolutionary, anarchistic act. What I have always responded to in art and culture and media is a unique, individual, independent voice, almost regardless of the message. His was one of the most incredible. I will miss him enormously. I can't thank you enough for getting this on the air so quickly. One more reason I feel like part of a community by being a member of WNYC is the way in which it, and you, respond to local and national events that have hyperspecific meaning to those of us who live here.

Aug. 06 2014 09:30 PM
Aram Friedman from Princeton Jct NJ

Post Steve Post

Every morning I would tune in “Room 101” for my daily dose of sarcasm, wit, paranoia and humor. Who knew “My Blue Heaven” would be the sound track for subverting the mind of a young impressionable teenager from NJ. I loved being in on the joke and without my realizing it, Steve Post helped make sense of a chaotic confusing world.

On Saturday morning I would wake to the tune of “Silent Running” the theme of “Hour of the Wolf” produced by Margot Adler. At other hours it was James Irsay, Larry Josephson, Bob Fass, Jim Freund, Jeff Greenfield, Lynn Samuels, the list goes on and on. Who were these amazing people coming through my radio?

The summer of 2014 has been bittersweet, I did not expect to say goodbye to these old friends so soon. I only hope my own children will find such excellent voices to guide and subvert their impressionable minds.

Thank you Steve, thank you Margo.

Aug. 06 2014 05:41 PM
May from Brooklyn

Such a pleasure to hear Steve's voice again from back in the day. Nice tribute. Thank you Brian for bringing Larry back to the air waves to share these stories and nice to hear what an affect Post had on you as well as so many of your listeners. The mispelling of Hinchliffe is so fabulous.

Aug. 06 2014 05:34 PM
Bill at from Brooklyn

I ember his story of loving the song "Abilene". As a teenager he felt he had to hitch hike to Abilene, Texas. After arriving he discovered the song was about Abilene Kansas. Who knows or cares if the story was true.

Aug. 06 2014 04:31 PM
Wendy from Flushing

I, too, spent many pleasurable nights with my transistor radio under my pillow, listening to Steve Post's three-ring-circus of a show on WBAI. He would find regular guests who were just as witty, irreverent and dyspeptic as he was; and, as others have mentioned, I felt like I was part of a special club that was far more interesting than anything I encountered in my "normal" life. I'm so glad Larry Josephson mentioned his repeated playing of Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" during fundraising--something my mom remembers with great fondness and horror (!) I was thrilled that "The No Show" gave him a chance, once again, to give his stream of consciousness free rein, after having been somewhat constrained by the "Morning Music" format. He needed that freedom to express the unique curmudgeonly brilliance that was his. Steve Post was a huge influence on me and helped shape my world view (oy) and I will be forever grateful.

By the way, does anyone know what happened to the (then) young medical student--very smart and funny--who would write hilarious letters about his med school adventures that Steve would read on the air? I don't remember his name.

Aug. 06 2014 03:26 PM
Katie from New Jersey

Thanks for providing this space for us to mourn the loss of Steve Post. I remember him from BAI. He was on in the morning, and one day commented that a benefit of working at BAI was that you could call in depressed and not go to work for a day. I have no idea if he actually did it, but just knowing someones else felt that way, made me a fan. He dared to say what most of us just think and feel. He also made me laugh. So sad that he is gone. Last week Margot Adler. Now Steve Post. It's a huge loss.

Aug. 06 2014 03:11 PM
Allan from Manhattan's west side

Dear Brian Lehrer,

I loved your program on Steve Post as well as Ms. Fishko's piece today.

You could have mentioned Steve's apparently outrageous comments about the NY Yankees on one of the fund drives--even though I am a Yankees fan, I did not mind at all. He always spoke his mind and this is why we loved him and were loyal to him and WNYC.

All the best, Allan

Aug. 06 2014 02:23 PM
"To Kick Around Anymore" from Limbo, NYC

As Lehrer ends a listener call “Thanks Joe, good luck to you.” I imagine Post (assuming he would bother to listen), saying out loud “what does he MEAN by that!!?? ‘Good luck to you.’!? This guy needs Brian’s wishes for good luck? Who does he think he is? Edward R. Murrow? Good night and good luck?” [Post pause] “Well, stuck there listening to WNYC, maybe this poor slob DOES need some better luck.”

Thanks to Post I discovered public radio, the species almost condemned to extinction in NYC by a mayor who didn’t know why LaGuardia established it! Never left. Others on WNYC and elsewhere on NPR are good but he’s still the standard toward which they all seem to strive. Sorry -- they broke the mold. (“…and thank god they did. Haven’t I done enough damage?”)

Heard long ago he was from Mosholu Parkway. It’s always late afternoon in the Bronx. Warps you. Worked with him once about 25 years ago for a voice-over (“Well, I usually charge $750 just to walk in the door, but you’re young and poor and this will probably go nowhere [so right!] so…can you manage $150?”) An on-spec radio version of Harper’s Index. (Brian tried that a few months back – disappeared?) Tried to break the ice: “Hmmn, Mosholu Parkway – I’m from the Bronx too.” He quickly replied with COMPLETE disinterest: “Oh, congratulations – or perhaps condolences are more in order.” He was not being witty. That was his sincere reply. He didn’t care. Maybe that was the source of his wit. As if he was saying “I’m here to get paid. Where’s the script? Where’s the booth and the mike?” Still, he was kind and nice with the garbage I handed him. And a bit shy. Very human. What you saw was what you got. Probably would hate this on-air adoration. Probably would think I’m insane to have kept my Steve Post Morning Music mug with that very accurate cartoon of Post (Andy, go find one) along with the WNYC-AM/FM/TV mug).

Walking past the building where I knew he lived on W. 70th St. (71st?), stopped to look and was surprised to see, right there on the intercom: “S. Post” He didn’t seem to care that he had fans. Probably thought “well, they’d better get a hobby, I guess.”

Trying to think of ONE single thing he’d say if he’d called in this morning and gotten past the screener. (She probably would have screened him out: too negative and not concise enough).

Here’s my guess:

“You won’t have Steve Post to kick around anymore.” (Click.)

But I’m sure they’ll find some reason to continue dragging his well-worn carcass onto the air in one way or another, especially with that odd-ball archivist with the 40-year-old sweater he’s been wearing since college (unless it’s finally disintegrated) gathering up his tapes and god knows what else he has in that lair.

You won’t have Steve Post to kick around anymore.

But we miss him.

Thanks Steve, for helping us verbalize and criticize the complete lack of sense, decency or humanity in this lousy world and for reminding us there is so very little we can do to improve it.

Aug. 06 2014 01:41 PM
Lee from Brooklyn

Thank you so much for these wonderful remembrances, as I look at my "A rude awakening" Steve Post mug.
Steve was my gateway drug into public radio. Like Brian, I was inspired by him to become a regular listener (to Morning Music in the late 80s) and to make my first public radio pledge. And when I took up the tango a few years later, I'd get this urge to call WNYC whenever they played "Jalousie" at a milonga.
He was funny and informative and very authentic and made it okay for us not-morning people to wake up and start the day. (And I love that the button below says "Post Comment." Of course.)

Aug. 06 2014 12:27 PM
Jeff from Roslyn Harbor NY

Steve had a contest to conclude the the years 1970- 79.
I won the "sum up the seventies" contest.
Writing a missive featuring my first credo of Dynamic Apathy.
Steve read the letter on the air and ended it with (paraphrase) I highly recommend this individual for lithium treatments.
Steve never sent me the "prize," an autographed copy of Playing in the FM band. But practicing my credo I never contacted him again.
I have broken my quiescently revolutionary life (second credo) to send you this e-mail. I supported WBAI until Post left along with Josephson, and Lopate. I was a personal friend of Citizen Kafka (Brooklyn College Geology) (another past and passed radio host), may they all find a place in the great cosmic radiation band. Light years from now in Alpha century Steve Post will be heard again.

Aug. 06 2014 12:25 PM
Anina Karmen from NYU-ville

Ah yes, the coffee mug. I remember him saying "get MY mug on YOUR mug" during the membership drive. His pitches were hilariously funny.

I volunteered at WBAI in 1977 (turbulent times), and saw Steve from time to time, but never found the nerve to actually talk to him---too afraid of sounding like a jerk. So I just sort of kvelled from afar.

I got a chance to say 'hello' and 'goodbye' to Steve at the Film Forum in 2012 following a showing of the "Radio Unnameable" documentary. He was very frail, and I had to restrain myself from hugging him. Which of course he would have hated :)

Thank you, Brian. I kept wondering why we weren't hearing anything on WNYC.

More Steve clips, please! Keep room 101 alive !

Aug. 06 2014 12:21 PM
Rita from Manhattan from NYC

Brian, thank you so much for today's tribute to Steve Post. Your words resonated deeply; Steve helped shape me as a young adult, a NYC refugee in NJ as I came back to the city and tried to find where I fit in. Listening to him on BAI and then WNYC showed me where - it was as if he were speaking to me personally. If someone asked me how can you love classical and blues/jazz at the same time, or mix liberal and old-fashioned values, rather than feel unbalanced and erratic, I'd smile and think, ask Post; he understands. I was very moved to hear about his influence on you. He was a huge force, and left us too soon. Deep thanks for honoring him.

Aug. 06 2014 12:20 PM
Danny Kapilian from Gowanus, Brooklyn

Thanks Brian. Listening to Steve Post, along with the rest involved with the early heydays of WBAI and WNEW-FM, was formative in my imagining a life in the magic of personality-driven radio. (I wound up a concert producer instead, albeit one deeply inspired by intelligently inspired lunacy).

I vividly remember listening to Steve's telling of the window ledge story on the day that it happened. Jeez, I have missed him way more than I realized. Your story and remembrances and the clips of Steve just made me stop in my tracks, and moisten my eyes. He was truly one of a kind, and those were genuinely remarkable times.

Thanks again, Brian. You are the greatest gift I know on what remains of terrestrial radio.


Aug. 06 2014 12:12 PM
Coogan from JC/NYC

Steve Post, what to say- brilliant, war, cranky, thought provoking, kind. Please play reruns of his show- or a memorial compilation of choice clips... there's a younger audience that doesn't know anything about him.

Rebellious witty Post was the one DJs I always thought would fit right in with WFMU. (WBAI was a classic, but always too stiff) The station is now in easily accessible Jersey City and still could benefit from a more upscale erudite guy like Steve, but had the station been closer than the old Upsala College campus he may have just have had a slot in the 80's & 90's. Epic times. You haven't heard good talk radio until you heard the shows from those days. Brilliant DJ's like Irwin Chusid, Brownyn C, Kenny G, etc.(2 still have shows on) They push the limits the ways WNYC can't or won't. Represents a different listener base and includes music of course, but a perfect compliment to what WNYC can't be.

Ken Freedman, WFMU's General Manager (and heart, soul, smart hilarious crazy man, fundraising fool) keeps the flame lit in that Steven Post spirit, in a far quirkier way but reflecting same old school era humor. They should've visited each others show. We'd all have died of laughter.

G-d bless all the fine radio folks in the NYC area. How lucky we all are to have so many brilliant folks to listen to.

Aug. 06 2014 12:12 PM

A wonderful feature. Steve Post reruns, please! That Pachelbel threat was the most delightfully hilarious promo ever.

Aug. 06 2014 12:11 PM
Jeff Marker from Brooklyn

I got through on the phone but not on the air with this.

I was driving a cab in 1970 when, right in the middle of the evening news, Neil Conan (who was WBAI news person then) made a very fast, abbreviated sign off. I figured it was either a bomb threat (not uncommon) or they were busted. (There were signs in the station telling people not to use the station phones for drug deals). I dropped off my passenger and immediately headed for the station on 39th St.

When I got there Steve was among those standing on the sidewalk. It was a bomb threat. The only time I met him in person. He was wearing a cowboy hat and I remember he was just as sarcastic and acerbic as he was on the air. That remained my picture of him through the years.

Aug. 06 2014 12:11 PM
Kathleen from New York

I was a fan of Steve's from BAI through NYC days – and miss him. Thank you for the tribute. Will there be a memorial? If so, will you let us know where and when?

Aug. 06 2014 12:09 PM
Danny Kapilian from Gowanus, Brooklyn

Thanks Brian. Listening to Steve Post, along with the rest involved with the early heydays of WBAI and WNEW-FM, was formative in my imagining a life in the magic of personality-driven radio. (I wound up a concert producer instead, albeit one deeply inspired by intelligently inspired lunacy).

I vividly remember listening to Steve's telling of the window ledge story on the day that it happened. Jeez, I have missed him way more than I realized. Your story and remembrances and the clips of Steve just made me stop in my tracks, and moisten my eyes. He was truly one of a kind, and those were genuinely remarkable times.

Thanks again, Brian. You are the greatest gift I know on what remains of terrestrial radio.


Aug. 06 2014 12:08 PM
David from Nassau County

My two fondest memories of Steve Post were his near emotional breakdowns during pledge drives and his reading of announcements after mishaps at nuclear power plants.

The way I remember it, he would pause just before the end to ask the listeners to join him ("all together now") as he concluded the announcement with "There was no significant release of radiation."

As with so many others I appreciated his subversive irreverence. I would be remiss for not acknowledging a debt to Steve for his observation that his bête noire, Richard Nixon was "uncomfortable in his own skin".

Aug. 06 2014 12:07 PM
bill s from Brooklyn

Thanks for the wonderful segment, Brian. It's not surprising that both you and Brooke were turned on to radio thru Steve's great program. It was a lovely, respectful segment. If only WNYC (read: Laura Walker &co.) had also shown Steve as much over the last dozen plus years of his life and had continued having him on air for as long as he was able. He certainly will be missed--but then again he already was by many of us.

Aug. 06 2014 12:06 PM
Ellen from Manhattan

My favorite part of Steve Post's morning music program was his newscasts. He would compile them himself, and his dry sardonic delivery, which left no doubt as to his views, would make me laugh, even when the news was appalling. And, of course, every time he read a report about a leak or other mishap at a nuclear facility, he would end it with some variant of "Officials stated that the incident--all together now!--POSED NO DANGER TO THE PUBLIC." What a loss to us all.

Aug. 06 2014 12:05 PM
karen from manhattan

Steve made me love radio even more than I did before I started listening to him. It was because of Steve that I became an early morning volunteer during those crazy days of phone in fundraising.
I had the pleasure of meeting him at a WNYC fundraiser. He was, true to form, grumbling about this and that. It was great to see him in action in person.

It was a very sad day when he was taken off the air. As a result of that, and other moves, I stopped supporting WNYC - for a very long time. His voice was an important part of NY history.

He has been missed for a long time.

Aug. 06 2014 12:03 PM
Tom Dale Keever from New York

Steve was a Red Sox fan and never tired of insulting The Yankees. One day on air he made a disparaging remark about the racial record of The Major Leagues with a particular dig at the Yanks. I wrote in to remind him that it was his beloved Red Sox who, in 1959, fielded Major League Baseball's last all-white starting team.

Steve read my message on the air, his voice dripping with contempt for me personally.

I have received few honors in my life that compare to being personally insulted on the air by Steve Post.

I loved the way he hosted "Morning Music," adored "The No Show," and remember fondly the brief Saturday night on air partnership with Sara Fishko called "Cheap Date." He is deeply missed.

Aug. 06 2014 12:03 PM
Amy from Manhattan

T&B, they probably wanted to wait till Brian was back so he could do the tribute himself & talk about his memories of Steve, not a substitute host who didn't know him.

Aug. 06 2014 12:02 PM
wanda from nyc

Like so many I listened to Steve Post almost daily. Trying now to recall his voice, I am struck by how wacky he was. He would spiral off into these long riffs that just made me laugh out loud....
Somehow his style defined a New York City mind set, his timing was impeccable. Definitly my favorite curmudgeon of all time.

Aug. 06 2014 11:57 AM
sally from bronx

aren't you going to play one of Steve Post's "Audience Participation" segments ?

Aug. 06 2014 11:57 AM

The Frank Joklyn Show with Marshall Efron and Marilyn Sokol.

Aug. 06 2014 11:56 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What I liked best about Steve Post is that he sounded the way I *felt* in the mornings! I can't stand perky or overenthusiastic morning hosts. And I actually had the chance to tell him I was glad to hear someone on the radio in the morning who wasn't a morning person, at an event at Shakespeare & Co. where he read the story about getting locked in the station's bathroom & making his way back to the studio on the ledge outside the building. He said, "And I'm *still* not a morning person!" (after something like 25 years of hosting a morning show).

One thing I haven't heard in his radio obit stories is "Jalousie," which Steve played during fundraisers. It'd be great if this segment could end w/it.

Aug. 06 2014 11:56 AM

WBAI seems to be in trouble (again). If they do go under this time where will WNYC and NPR-NY get on-air personalities?

Aug. 06 2014 11:54 AM
Mary Martin from Hoboken

I will never forget Steve's story of while at boarding school a box arrived for him. He was excited since unlike his fellow students, his father and step mother had never sent him any sort of goody box. While opening the box he was fantasizing of what might be inside only to discover it was his forgotten tweed jacket. So sad. Who was his lady friend he would call in LA during the run up to the Iraq war in early 2003? They were so on the ball as to how that fiasco would turn out. He was my political twin. Another radio great gone from the air waves.

Aug. 06 2014 11:52 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I'm surprised it took y'all so long to do this tribute. As a valued, long-time, curmudgeonly employee of the station, I would have thought you'd have done this Tuesday morning, scheduled guests or not. Despite Mr. Post's often acerbic style, he was a fixture, well known to staff and listeners and should have been recognized and memorialized sooner.

Aug. 06 2014 11:50 AM

Reminiscing - so lovely

Please, please do re-runs on WQXR... so, so enjoyed his free-associating on Morning Music.

If Car Talk can do it, so can WNYC via WQXR! And, have "emeriti" return with pledges

Aug. 06 2014 11:50 AM

Reminiscing - so lovely

Please, please do re-runs on WQXR... so, so enjoyed his free-associating on Morning Music.

If Car Talk can do it, so can WNYC via WQXR! And, have "emeriti" return with pledges

Aug. 06 2014 11:49 AM

Jean Shepherd, Klavan and Finch, Alex Bennett and Steve Post.

Folks so comfortable in their presentation that you could listen to them for hours talk about nothing in particular...

Aug. 06 2014 11:49 AM
Nina d'Alessandro from East Village, NYC

Feeling grateful for this show--Steve Post was for me, as for so many of us, exactly what you, Brian, just said he was for you: a voice that articulated the way we felt, living in this city, and one that made me feel less alone, befriended, and inspired . . . I'm wondering if you could tell or play his coat thief story, a recollection of WBAI days when Steve was trapped on the air for way too long and, to take his place so that he could get some sleep, drafted a coat thief who mispronounced Vivaldi? Is there any record of that story? It reminds me of Steve himself, how he moved from his original job to get on the air . . .

Aug. 06 2014 11:48 AM
Nancy from Naples, Florida

I heard Steve Post tell the most hilarious story about his first days at WNYC. This (plus 9/11 coverage) made me a regular listener. Loved him.

Aug. 06 2014 11:47 AM
sebastianbonner from manhattan valley

patchy frogs

Aug. 06 2014 11:43 AM

Larry, Steve and Howard together on this "top radio talk show hosts of all time" list...

Aug. 06 2014 11:42 AM

There have been 2 WNYC public radio morning experiences:

Steve Post and post-Steve Post.

Authentic, sardonic, just interesting enough to not fall back asleep - Steve was The Man.

Aug. 06 2014 11:24 AM
Allison from NJ

As a teenager in the 60s, I listened religiously to Steve Post's late night WBAI show on my transistor radio. He planted a seed in my young head: that there was a world outside of the suburbs where people were smart, funny, and irreverent. I was destined for NYC and he was the first to pull me in that direction. Years later I actually did meet him when I showed up to volunteer at WBAI after moving to the city.
Also, I always wondered if Howard Stern (who is my age and grew up in NY suburbs too) was listening as a teenager. Was it Steve Post who gave him the idea to be irreverent on the radio??

Aug. 06 2014 11:07 AM

For many years, my commute from New Brunswick to Roseland NJ would end just AFTER the 9AM news on WNYC. I'd get to hear an hour of Morning Music. (Remember Morning Edition was only on for two hours in the morning not the current FOUR!)

My guess is that the days of WNYC carrying classical music were numbered regardless when WQXR and WNYC merged, however, the abrupt end of Morning Music after 9/11 was a shock for me. Collateral damage of GWOT, I guess.

Too bad for us that Post didn't find a spot at QXR. I think we all could have benefited from hearing his voice more often in the last decade.

[BTW, my 'A Rude Awakening' WNYC coffee mug - the one with Steve Post's grimacing face in a red party hat could stand replacement. Can this be an item in a future fund drive?]

Aug. 06 2014 11:03 AM
Connie from nj

I knew of Steve Post through The No Show, which I enjoyed tremendously, both live (almost) and through the archives. I'm listening to it once again, since I learned of Steve's passing. I'm very sad to think that he won't be back on the radio--he was one of a kind.

Aug. 06 2014 10:53 AM
John from Ridgefield Park

Steve Post's morning music show was responsible for me discovering WNYC, and Brian Lehrer; and the whimsy of Chopin's mazurkas, which are now my favorite set of Chopin's works. Before I found Steve, I thought public radio was dry and boring. Once I found him, public radio became dry and entertaining. :) I'm very sad to hear of his passing.

Aug. 06 2014 10:06 AM

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