Steve Post

"One of the greatest broadcasters ever to create live radio over WBAI’s or anyone else’s airwaves. Steve Post was 70 years old when cancer finally took him from us on August 3, 2014. Steve’s WBAI career had its roots in a childhood whose solitary hours were spent creating fantasy variety-type radio programs; he named his radio persona “Luke Warm”. Steve first walked into the WBAI facilities, then a cramped space in an East 39th Street brownstone, in 1965. He’d heard the station was seeking an editor for its program guide, the Folio. He arrived for an interview, and by the time he walked through the exit, Steve had been hired as WBAI’s bookkeeper. Apparently his warm body was enough to fill the stringent requirements for a position of great responsibility. He must have been warm indeed, as Post had flunked out of both English and Math at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Nine months into his bookkeeping duties, it became apparent that Steve was not a good fit for the job. But his deep, warm and relaxed voice rendered him useful to the station’s directors. Post was offered what he’d really wanted: an on-air position. He spoke about political issues, or whatever flew into his mind, and needless to say, bowed to no one. Steve soon exhibited the natural and very personal gift of his entertaining variety of crankiness (“contrariness”). He never descended to viciousness, but frequently rose to amusing cynicism. It was Post’s gift of curmudgeonly humor, often self-denigrating, that endeared him to his audience." - Exerpt from James Irsay's article "Steve and I" http://www.wbai.org/articles.php?article=2174 Steve Post was a freeform radio artist, Host of "The Outside" and "Room 101" on WBAI; Host of "Morning Music" and "The No Show" on WNYC. Author of Playing in the FM Band (Viking Press, 1974)

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