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Two NY Public Radio Hosts Accused of Inappropriate Conduct, Placed on Leave

Two NY Public Radio Hosts Accused of Inappropriate Conduct, Placed on Leaveā€

He said he had been told to meet Wednesday morning with Dean Cappello, executive vice president and chief content officer at WNYC and New York Public Radio, who was joined by the head of human resources and a union representative.

Lopate helms the popular "Leonard Lopate" show, a daily, two-hour program that focuses on arts and entertainment. The station would not comment on the nature of the accusations.

The Cut published a story by Suki Kim last Friday that contained detailed allegations of sexual harassment against former radio host John Hockenberry.

Other figures in public radio who have been forced out over allegations of sexual misconduct include National Public Radio news chief Michael Oreskes, who resigned November 1 following allegations that he had kissed two women who were seeking jobs when he was with the Times.

Another WNYC host, Mary Harris, will fill in for Mr. Lopate, and started with Wednesday's broadcast. Schwartz, whose local radio career began on rock pioneer WNEW-FM in the late 1960s, has hosted "The Jonathan Channel", an online music program at WNYC.org that specializes in the Great American Songbook and updates live Wednesdays through Sundays at noon.

Hockenberry, a memoirist and writer, created another public affairs program, The Takeaway, which focused on diversity, and was its host for almost a decade before retiring in August.

Lopate told The New York Times he was "baffled" by the suspension.

"It makes no sense to me", he said. "That's the only thing I'm concerned about - the damage to my reputation".

Attempts to find a phone number for Schwartz were not immediately successful. "It horrifies me that I made the talented and driven people I worked with feel uncomfortable", Hockenberry said in a statement.



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