Acerbic WNYC Host Steve Post Passes Away

WNYCLogoNew York Daily News writer David Hinckley describes Steve Post as one of “New York radio’s all-time great contrarians.” After learning the ropes at WBAI, Post earned that reputation beginning in 1982 on Morning Music, the WNYC he took over from Robert Lurtzema. Post passed away Sunday at age 70:

The show was primarily music, but Post also injected commentary on matters from Ronald Reagan to WNYC management. He often grumbled that reading “underwriting” messages on WNYC was not much different from reading ads on commercial stations.

He was remembered by friends Sunday as the purest sort of free-form radio personality. Friends also said he was not as grumpy and sometimes cynical in person as he was on the air.

Post would go on to perfect his unique brand of music and commentary on a second WNYC program, The No Show, which ran from 2002 to 2009. At the WNYC end, some nice comments are coming in from listeners in response to a station blog post:

Gloria: Steve was the only person I’ve ever known who could make fundraising into art. He actually made people want to listen to pledge drives. He also raised a LOT of money for WNYC. On top of that he was funny, very smart and underneath the exterior a passionate, committed, nice guy. We need more like him. My great sympathy to [wife] Laura, his family and friends.