Two longtime hosts at a New York City public radio station were suspended Wednesday while the station investigates unspecified accusations of inappropriate conduct.
WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz said on the air that he had spoken with women who made complaints about both hosts.
The station did not detail the accusations against the pair. The suspensions follow a report that the recent, unexplained departure of a third on-air personality, John Hockenberry, also has emerged as harassment-related.
Lopate hosts the popular weekday show The Leonard Lopate Show, according to WNYC's website. "New York Public Radio takes these kinds of allegations very seriously and is reviewing these matters promptly", Walker said. 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.
Lopate told The New York Times he was "baffled" by the suspension. "I am sure any honest investigation will completely clear me".
Hockenberry was the subject of a story posted last Friday on NY magazine's The Cut, in which author Suki Kim reported her own experiences and those of other women who had appeared as guests on The Takeaway or worked for Hockenberry on the program. She said he had filed a formal complaint with the statin previous year, asserting that he had sent her an ongoing campaign of solicitous emails despite her lack of responses.
Attempts to find a phone number for Schwartz were not immediately successful. Hockenberry apologized in a statement to Kim, saying he should have been more aware of how the power he wielded over others could be construed.