Like Elvis or Madonna, some people are famous and prolific enough to be known by only one name.
If you ever listened to WBAI 99.5FM in NYC, or attended board meetings, you couldn’t help but brace yourself when you heard the name “Monroe”. Monroe Litman was a constant presence on community radio station WBAI. He was often critiquing, suggesting, or just criticizing. He had famous interactions with Grandpa Al Lewis. And, he was sometimes indulged for time by Hugh Hamilton.
Monroe Litman passed away this holiday season. I first heard the news on-air from the stand-in host on the Hugh Hamilton Show. The news was confirmed to me by a WBAI insider who I correspond with, as well as a local activist who sent around an RIP e-mail. There is sadness over his loss. And, I am also feeling the shock of realizing that someone who is so persistent can be suddenly gone.
So, yes. Rest In Peace, Monroe. And, may WBAI continue to learn from and grow with other fans and critics who find their way into the listening community.
Stay tuned to 99.5 FM in NYC/WBAI, or this website, for updates. It is expected that there may be a public memorial service planned, but there are no announcements yet.
For a small taste of Monroe’s praise and criticism of WBAI, you can see the following Youtube, where he makes a somewhat cranky appearance at 7min 13sec:
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