Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, two of New York’s most popular and longest tenured radio hosts, were placed on leave by New York Public Radio on Wednesday as the company investigates allegations of inappropriate conduct.
Mr. Lopate has been a host on WNYC, which New York Public Radio owns, for more than 30 years, discussing the arts, food culture and other topics each weekday. Mr. Schwartz hosts the station’s The Jonathan Channel as well as other programming on weekends.
WNYC disclosed the accusations against the men just days after John Hockenberry, another well-known WNYC host, was accused by several women of sexual harassment, unwanted touching and bullying in an article published by New York magazine’s The Cut. Mr. Hockenberry was a co-founder and host of “The Takeaway” for nearly a decade before retiring in August.
Laura Walker, chief executive of New York Public Radio, said in a statement that the station “takes these kinds of allegations very seriously and is reviewing these matters promptly.”
Mr. Lopate and Mr. Schwartz have been part of the fabric of New York cultural life for decades.
“The Leonard Lopate Show,” with its often leisurely interviews of politicians, authors, composers and chefs, has been a fixture on WNYC for more than 32 years. Its guests have included Joe Biden, Catherine Deneuve, Ang Lee, Alice Munro, Barack Obama, Stephen Sondheim and John Updike.
Mr. Schwartz, a onetime cabaret singer who has published fiction and criticism in his time away from the microphone, first appeared on New York City radio in 1958, when he played a Frank Sinatra song on WBAI. He is known as an authority on Sinatra and the standards of jazz and pop. For four years he served as the artistic director of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.
Another WNYC host, Mary Harris, will fill in for Mr. Lopate, and started with Wednesday’s broadcast at noon. “That was the hardest hosting I’ve ever done,” she wrote on Twitter after the segment.
In addition to WNYC, which uses NPR to syndicate many of its shows, New York Public Radio also owns WQXR, NJPR and the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in Lower Manhattan.
The allegations against Mr. Lopate and Mr. Schwartz follow claims of inappropriate behavior made against other powerful men in public radio, including Michael Oreskes, who led NPR’s news division, Garrison Keillor, the creator and retired host of “A Prairie Home Companion” for Minnesota Public Radio, and David Sweeney, NPR’s chief news editor.