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Jonathan Schwartz, Leonard Lopate suspended by WNYC

The two longtime radio hosts are off the air pending an investigation into accusations of inappropriate conduct.

Jonathan Schwartz in 2004, left, and Leonard Lopate

Jonathan Schwartz in 2004, left, and Leonard Lopate in 2015. Photo Credit: Composite photo; Newsday / Viorel Florescu, left, and Getty Images / Mark Sagliocco

Longtime WNYC radio hosts Jonathan Schwartz and Leonard Lopate have been suspended following unspecified misconduct allegations against both of them.

“New York Public Radio has placed hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz on leave effective immediately, pending an investigation into accusations of inappropriate conduct,” Laura Walker, president and chief executive of the nonprofit organization behind WNYC-AM and -FM and WQXR-FM, said in a statement Wednesday.

“New York Public Radio takes these kinds of allegations very seriously and is reviewing these matters promptly,” she added. “NYPR is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure a respectful, equitable, inclusive and harassment-free workplace for everyone.”

Lopate, a 30-year-plus veteran of the station, has hosted “The Leonard Lopate Show,” a cultural and public-affairs series airing weekdays at noon. 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.

Filling in for Lopate Wednesday was fellow WNYC host Mary E. Harris, who tweeted afterward, “That was the hardest hosting I’ve ever done, supported by an amazing @WNYC team.”

Neither host has commented on social media. Producers for “The Leonard Lopate Show” tweeted Wednesday, “Leonard Lopate and Johnathan Schwartz, two longtime hosts at WNYC, have been put on leave effectively immediately pending investigations into allegations of inappropriate conduct.”

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