Larry Josephson, freeform radio pioneer, dies at 83


Bored working as a computer engineer at IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, Larry Josephson began volunteering in the mid-1960s at WBAI, a ragtag listener-supported FM station in New York City where he was assigned to host the morning show because, he said, no one else at the station was willing to wake up that early.

On his daily show, called “In the Beginning,” he proceeded to unload the contents of his restless, sardonic mind, helping to invent the anti-format known as free-form radio.

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