WBAI General Manager
NEW YORK, NY - After a thirty-three-year absence, iconic talk show host Leonard Lopate is returning to WBAI, the station where he got his radio start forty-one years ago. Lopate says he is very happy to be returning to his original radio home where he hosted both a gospel music program and "Round
Midnight," a long-running live late-night call-in show, in the seventies.
The new program, "Leonard Lopate at Large" will be broadcast Monday through
July 16th over listener-sponsored WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York, at 99.5 FM, streamed at WBAI.org. It will feature the same kinds of lively in-depth conversations Lopate has been known for, plus the new program will also include plenty of listener phone-ins.
"The Leonard Lopate Show" on WNYC won a Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2012. The judges said "Lopate presides over New York's most revered radio forum for exploring the arts, cultural affairs and the public life of the city."
"There are few figures in New York radio that loom as large as Leonard Lopate," says WBAI General Manager Berthold Reimers, who helped convince the veteran talk show host to return. "We are thrilled to have him back at WBAI and can't wait to hear what he has in store for all of us."
So, what does a broadcaster who has interviewed both former and future presidents, 42 Nobel Prize winners and a seemingly unending list of renowned masters of their crafts that includes Tom Hanks, Alice Munro, Neil Young and Francis Ford Coppola, and who has received three Associated
Press Awards and three James Beard Awards, plan to do next?
"I intend to pick up exactly where we left off," Lopate said. And that appears to be just what he is doing. New York Times veteran journalist Clyde Haberman will be his guest on the premiere episode of "Leonard Lopate at Large" on
July 16, That's when he is set to dive right back into his brand of addictive conversation with the world's most interesting people.
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