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COLUMN EIGHTEEN, FEBRUARY 1, 1997
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MURRAY'S SON ASKS A QUESTION

From: altschuler@wordsworthandco.com (Peter Altschuler)

When my father Murray Kaufman died in 1982, you did a two-parter in the Soho News that chronicled his wanderings from station to station (woman to woman and scam to scam). Now, for the Radio Hall of Fame, I'm trying to put together a timeline of the stations he appeared on and, more importantly, the dates he appeared on each one.

I've spoken with the wives from his radio days, and they can help with the call letters but not the years, and I'm hoping that your memory is better than theirs... even slightly. If you can help in any way, I'd be grateful.

What I have so far is WMCA 1956(?) - 1957(?), WMGM 1957(?), WINS 1958-1965, WOR 1965(?) - 1966(?), CHUM (Toronto, Canada), WMCA (weekends), NBC Monitor, WWDC, WHFS, WNBC. If you can fill in the years -- even guesses are good -- it would help.

Sincerely,

Peter Altschuler ##

To: Peter Altschuler Subject: Re: Murray the K

PETER: I'm awful on dates. I'll be putting my Murray the K story in my BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST Column 17 on the Web, due Feb. 1. Please get what you can from that. If I get any inspirations in the meantime, I'll letyou know. How come your last name isn't Kaufman? BEST, Al Aronowitz, THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST.

From: altschuler@wordsworthandco.com (Peter Altschuler) Subject: Re: Murray the K

How many times have I been asked that over the past 30 or 40 years, I wonder? It goes like this. Murray was married six times altogether. His first wife, Anna May, died in childbirth. My mother, Toni, was the second for a period of about 3 years. Beverly lasted three months. Then, from about 1950 to 1959, he was married to Claire, then to Jackie Hayes until about '73 (on paper, at any rate), and finally to Jackie Zeman who only consented to marry him (reluctantly) after they'd been together for 7 years. The marriage lasted one.

When my mother remarried, the second of her three husbands, she easily persuaded the not-at-all family oriented Mr Thek (as he used to joke) to let my stepfather adopt me. That done, the name changed, and I've never gone back... as tedious as it is to spell Altschuler for someone at least once a day.

In the meantime, if you can think of anyone else (still extant, of course) who might recall Murray's dates and stations, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know.

Best wishes, Peter  ##

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