CNR Professor Takes to the Airwaves


A CNR professor is sharing her expertise beyond the classroom via a newly launched radio show.

The first edition of Conversations with Dr. Amy Bass aired June 3 on WVOX 1460AM and is scheduled to air Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Listeners can also stream the show live at

Bass, Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program in the School of Arts & Sciences, had appeared on the station's Good Morning Westchester to talk about the controversy surrounding NBA team owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks. The intersection of race and sports is Bass' central area of expertise.

"It isn't an uncommon scenario," Bass said of her radio appearance. "Academics get asked all the time to chime in as talking heads, and it's always a lot of fun to drop knowledge."

The day after, Bass was asked to consider a more permanent role at the station by Bill O'Shaughnessy, president and CEO of Whitney Radio, parent company of WVOX. Bass agreed to give it a try this summer. The show isn't narrowly defined, she said -- "it will be a great chance to have thought-provoking conversations about a wide array of topics."

For her first show, Bass spoke with Dr. Catherine Pearlman, Assistant Professor of Social Work at The College of New Rochelle, about the Culture of Parenting. She also had two call-in guests, author and comedian Jason Good, and political writer Rebecca Traister.

The fun doesn't stop during commercial breaks, either, as Bass keeps the conversation going on Twitter:

Bass is putting the resources at CNR to good use -- her next show will feature Daniel Smith, who holds the Critchlow Endowed Chair in English, to speak about "Monkey Mind," his New York Times bestselling memoir. "Dan and I are terrific friends who never run out of things to talk about, so it should be fun for us, and hopefully for everyone else."