Born in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1939, Mr. Bodow graduated with a combined journalism and liberal arts degree from Syracuse University. His 40-year career in radio took him from campus station newsreader to president of the New York Times’ WQXR-AM/FM, a position he held longer than any other person in the station’s history. After Army reserve duty, he held various jobs in media promotion and radio sales at Detroit’s WKNR, and then in New York City at WNBC and WMCA. In 1978, Mr. Bodow was appointed sales director at WQXR, and he became president and general manager in 1983. Mr. Bodow also served as chairman of both the New York State Broadcasters Association and the Arts & Business Council of New York. He was on the board of Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts in Katonah, N.Y. In 1998, upon retiring from WQXR and its sister station, WQEW, Mr. Bodow took up creative writing. The results include four screenplays and six stage plays, several of which were produced professionally in New York and Arizona. His most recent play, “Deelmayker,” was performed at Tucson’s Invisible Theatre in 2016.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen; sons, Steve (Katherine Profeta) Bodow of New York and Jonathan (Keelan) Bodow of Tempe, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.
Graveside services were held in Westchester, N.Y.; a memorial service will be held in New York this month.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona, the Lymphoma Research Foundation or to a scholarship fund in Mr. Bodow’s name at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.