Photo of Lew Goodman and his frozen buddies

I, Lew Goodman, attended Fordham University, in the Bronx of New York City, for one reason only—WFUV, arriving as a 16-year-old freshman in September 1967 and first getting on the air in March 1968. My progressive rock show, then entitled "Super Session," debuted on November 1, 1968, as a one-hour weekly show featuring a different artist every week, and ended in the wee small hours of March 31, 1973, by then a three-hour show without a name or theme song (which it never had) that had about as much humor (or attempts at humor) as music.

The Lew Goodman Story, a nine-minute "film for radio," was totally created and produced by two future Emmy Award-winners—Ozzie Alfonso, who read the credits, and Edward May, who narrated the story. Ozzie had a show on WFUV from 1965 till 1974 and Ed (now Ted) had his FUV show from 1970 till 1971. The LG Story was first played on WFUV during my last show on March 30, 1973. It was a total surprise to me and, control-freak that I was, I didn't even want to air it, as I had planned the entire show, which consisted of a lot of special music to me and many guests, most of whom did their best to roast me.

As a prelude to The Lew Goodman Story, some background information is necessary. I became WFUV's program director in December 1969, when rock music was barely heard on the station and when Fordham alumni hosted most of the shows. I proceeded to almost immediately "fire" most of the alumni and "hire" students to host progressive rock and/or folk/rock shows. I instituted "block programming," so that the listeners would know when to find classical music, news, rock, etc. In 1971, when Mr. May was a guest on my show, I mentioned my hatred for Antarcticans and how you can't trust them. At the end of every year I played excerpts from my top 25 albums of the year. I gained 70 pounds to get out of the draft and lost 90 after they missed my lottery number. I had the longest hair of anyone at the station from 1969 till 1972. I grew a full-faced beard in December 1970. The station broadcast in monophonic until the day after my last show and I organized fund-raising marathons to raise the money to go stereo. Though WFUV went from 3,500 to 50,000 watts in February 1969 and was heard in Massachusetts, "It could barely be heard in Brooklyn." I was quite a storyteller on my show.

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THE LEW GOODMAN STORY