Jonathan Schwartz (Radio) Bio, Age, WNYC and The Jonathan Station

Jonathan Schwartz is an American radio personality and singer who is most known for his devotion to the Great American Songbook.

Jonathan Schwartz (Radio personality) Biography

Jonathan Schwartz is an American radio personality and singer who is most known for his devotion to the Great American Songbook. He began his work in radio in the 1960s, in the New York radio market. However, he was fired in December 2017.

He performs as a singer sometimes and has recorded many selections from the collection of popular music from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s known as the Great American Songbook. Schwartz has also written novels, short stories, and a memoir, All In Good Time (2004).

Jonathan Schwartz Age

The former New York radio market employee is 81 years old as of 2019. He was born on June 28, 1938 in New York, United States.

Jonathan Schwartz Parents and Siblings

Schwartz was born and raised in a family of two. His father was Arthur Schwartz (1900–1984) and Kay Carrington. His mother was the 1930s’ Broadway ingénue while his father was a composer and film producer who is best known for composing “Dancing in the Dark” and “That’s Entertainment!”.

He has one sibling, a half-brother by the name Paul Schwartz. He was born in 1956 and he is a composer, conductor, pianist, and producer.

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Jonathan Schwartz (radio personality) Photo

Is Jonathan Schwartz married? | Jonathan Schwartz Wife

Schwartz has been married four times. His first marriage was in the late 1960s, to Sara Davidson, an author, screenwriter, and journalist known for writing the best-seller Loose Change.

In 1979, he tied the knot a second time. This time he got married to Marrie Brenner, a journalist and Vanity Fair correspondent. Their marriage resulted in the birth of their daughter, Casey Schwartz.

When his second marriage ended, Schwartz married his third wife Elinor Renfield. The two have a son together but their marriage did not last long too. The son’s name is Adam Schwartz.

Since March 2010, Schwartz married actress Zohra Lampert. The couple exchanged their vows in New York City. Schwartz’s long-time friend Tony Bennett sang “I See Your Face Before Me”, a 1937 composition by Schwartz’s father and Howard Dietz.

Jonathan Schwartz Radio career

From 1967 to 1976, Jonathan worked at New York’s WNEW-FM. This was followed by stints at WNEW, WQEW. Between 1999 and 2017, Schwartz worked at WNYC-FM. At XM Satellite Radio Frank’s Place, Schwartz served as a programming director. XM merged with Sirius and changed its name to High Standards channel from 2001 to 2008. From 2008 to 2013, Jonathan appeared on Sirius XM’s Siriusly Sinatra and ’40s on 4 channels.

He hosted The Jonathan Schwartz Show for which he is best known. The program aired on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons on WNYC-FM, and was about half talk and half an eclectic mix of music. Schwartz would hold extended monologues concerning famous pop songwriters and singers, and jazz artists while his music selections incorporated pop jazz, pop standards, big band, and Broadway show tunes. His playlists reflected the “Great American Songbook” or, “America’s classical music,” as Schwartz described it.

He is also known for holding lengthy and detailed on-air stories about his interactions with famous people. He encourages young artists who carry on the traditions of the American Songbook, as well as reveling rapturously in the songwriters and performers of the Sinatra era. He won a Grammy Award for Best Album Notes for The Voice in 1986 for The Columbia Years 1943-1952.

As he worked for WNYC, the station launched The Jonathan Channel in 2013. It was a 24/7 streaming Internet radio station that was programmed by Schwartz and dedicated to American songs selected by him. It also had live programming by Schwartz, along with simulcasts and replays of his Saturday and Sunday WNYC shows.

Jonathan Schwartz fired by WNYC

In late 2017, Schwartz and longtime WNYC host Leonard Lopate were accused of “inappropriate conduct” and on 6th December 2017, the WNYC station announced that the two had been put on leave pending investigations. On 21st December 2017, WNYC fired both radio personalities stating that “investigations found that each individual had violated the station’s standards for providing an inclusive, appropriate, and respectful work environment”. The Jonathan Channel stream was renamed WQXR’s American Standards.

Jonathan Schwartz The Jonathan Station

Jonathan began broadcasting on an internet radio station on June 17, 2018. It is called The Jonathan Station. It was created by Bob Perry of Big Sticks Broadcasting. he Jonathan Station, is a live streaming station that presents the American Songbook twenty-four hours a day with live programs with Jonathan Schwartz on Saturdays and Sundays. He has also carried on the long tradition of presenting a Christmas Show, from WNEW to the new station.

Jonathan Schwartz Books

Schwartz writes in Palm Springs, California.

♦  1970 – Almost Home: Collected Stories
♦  1979 – Distant Stations
♦  1988 – The Man who Knew Cary Grant
♦  2000 – A Day of Light and Shadows
♦  2004 – All in Good Time: A Memoir
♦  2008 – Point Sal: A Story of Organized Crime, Identity Theft, Mexican Magic and Cooking

♦  2008 – Get There: A Comprehensive Guide to Personal & Business Behavior for Anyone on the Success Track (with Edwin H. Sinclair)
♦  2011 – Marina Man – A Southern California Novel of Crime and Confusion
♦  2011 – Caviar Crimes – A Tale of Smuggling, Internet Fraud and Stand-up ComedySuccess & how to

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