Best Radio Interviewer New York 2013 - Brian Lehrer
Honed over a 24-year career, Brian Lehrer's warm, wry style is an antidote to the blowhard noise of talk radio. The Brian Lehrer Show, which airs weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon on WNYC (93.9 FM, 820 AM), more than lives up to such accolades as "New York City's most thoughtful and informative talk show" and "the sane alternative in talk radio." The 61-year-old host is gentle with callers who stray, and is the best in town at helping guests unpack complex topics without straying into wonkishness or ideology. Focusing on issues like housing, transportation, public safety, and education, Lehrer's show is a must-hear for anyone who aims to keep up on city issues. It's not all local, all the time, however; Lehrer forays into national and international topics, with a pool of guests that includes pols, celebs, and pundits, as well as regular New Yorkers with something to say.