Our story of the passing of syndicated radio host Dr. Joy Browne yesterday was one of our biggest page visits of all time. We also received many comments from the industry – and her listeners – about how loved she was. Her sister, who was on the phone with Joy at the time she passed away, also sent along this message to us…
“Your comments and your stories are such a comfort to me and expand even my own awareness of her vast scope of influence, impact, and inspiration to others. My heart is full of “joy” right now! Thank you! – (Joy’s sister)”
Dr. Joy Browne’s sister posted on Facebook, Tuesday, that the talk show host died Saturday. Alannah Sinclaire said her sister, “left her physical body on Saturday afternoon, August 27, 2016. She died suddenly, and seemingly without pain. I was actually on the phone with her chatting about movie reviews, recipes, and favorite memories from a recent birthday party for our 95-year-old mom, when the phone suddenly disconnected; her heart had stopped as well.”
Buckley Broadcasting President & CEO Joe Bilotta was good friends with Joy and shared this comment with us. “We were setting up the WOR Radio Network and gathering a great cast of legendary broadcasters to anchor the syndication. All of the talent was going to be on the New York station as well as the Network. Holding down a key slot was one Joy Browne, Dr. Joy to her local and national audience. A unique talent, absorbed in her passion to help others, all of the time…Not only on the radio, but all she came in contact with. We at WOR were together for over 20 years. In all that time she was consistent in her enthusiastic approach to life. Her interactions with employees, audience and advertisers never varied. She was positive, funny, charming and very smart. The genre of broadcaster that Joy represented seems to be a shrinking lot. Fortunately for all who came in contact with her, we were blessed to witness an era of excellence in spoken-word radio. You will be missed Joy, Rest in Peace.”
Dr. Joy’s website says her show, which was syndicated by Genesis Communications, was the
longest-running of its kind in syndication, and was still airing on over 100 stations across the country.
Executive Producer for Radio at CBS News Charlie Kaye tweeted that Dr. Joy was 71.
In an interview with Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti back in 2011, Dr. Joy spoke about how she subscribed to the “stupid and cheerful” philosophy on life. “I am a great fan of “stupid and cheerful.” If someone says something negative, instead of responding, “Oh my God, I can’t believe you said that,” turn it around. Try saying, “It’s so helpful to have somebody give me feedback.” If you just take the superficial approach to things that may be hurtful or insulting, it makes the other person do the heavy lifting. If they really want to criticize, they are going to have to do more work. So if you respond to, “Gee, you look tired,” with “It’s because I have too much to do here,” you took on all of the work. If someone is trying to insult you, let them do the work. And if that wasn’t their intention, a negative reply just might have cost you an ally. Keep your response neutral, “simple and stupid!”
Dr. Joy won numerous awards for her work, including the American Psychological Associations President’s Award, the Talkers magazine award for Best Female Talk Show Host, #10 on the list of the 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time, and has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts. She has been singled out for News/Talk National Personality of the Year as well as Syndicated Talk Show of the Year by Radio & Records magazine every year since the list was formed.