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Although born in New York City, Mr. Howard spent his formative years on a dairy farm in Watertown , NY after his mother's divorce and subsequent re-marriage.



He became infatuated with radio at an early age and was determined to be on-air in New York City.

His career started at WOTT Radio in Watertown where he covered all manner of local events including school dances, store openings and county fairs. From there he became a disc jockey known as The Real Ralph Howard for WPDM-Potsdam and was particularly adept through persistance and charm of getting celebrities who were passing through to record promotional spots for his program: Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and George Shearing, among them.


Determined to break into larger markets , he came to New York to finish his degree at Columbia University and did free-lance radio reporting for The Associated Press, CNN and ABC, often simultaneously. He became an in-demand reporter and soon landed gigs anchoring at WBBM and WIND in Chicago.

Still eager to work in New York, he returned in 1975 as a morning anchor and personality with his show AM57 for WMCA. When the show ended he became a news anchor for WCBS Radio, which led to the job for which he was most known: the afternoon anchor for 1010WINS, where he would remain for 18 years.

Mr. Howard handled the afternoon drive, breaking news stories, special events and all local and national elections. In addition , he interviewed hundreds of theatre stars, film stars , playwrights and cabaret performers for special entertainment spots that ran all weekend on WINS.

Favorite interviews included playwright Paul Rudnick, comedienne Phyllis Diller, singer Cassandra Wilson and Ms. Halston, with whom he fell in love -- and vice versa -- over the microphone at the WINS studios when the actress taped an interview to publicize the Charles Busch play RED SCARE ON SUNSET Off-Broadway. The couple was married in 1992 at the Alogonquin Hotel. Their wedding reception -- "We don't need another blender," the invitation read -- was a fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, raising $15,000 for that then-young organization.


Mr. Howard had proposed to Ms. Halston in a most unusual fashion: one evening during the run of her solo show Julie Halston'S LIFETIME OF COMEDY -- during which she did verbatim, comic and colorful readings from The New York Times Vows column -- Mr. Howard had pasted a large handwritten note inside the newspaper that read, to her surprise, "Julie, will you marry me?" The audience broke into applause and cheers when Mr. Howard stopped the show to climb onstage and formally propose. Their own wedding was the subject of The Times' Vows column in August 1992.

Mr. Howard's on-air specialty was breaking news, and his coverage of 9/11 was considered outstanding and comforting to an embattled city. He received emails, letters and notes from strangers, celebrities and neighbors thanking him for his calm , steady reporting at such a difficult time in the city's history.

The event however, took a personal toll on him, annd he suffered from PTSD and major depression that prompted his retirement from news in 2002.

Three years later he was coaxed to return to the airwaves when Howard Stern moved to Sirius XM Satellite Radio . Mr. Howard was the anchor for the Howard 100 News Team and said later that it was his most enjoyable job. He remained there for almost 9 years until he retired in 2013.

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This year’s Broadway Belts for PFF!, held on March 18 at SONY Hall in New York City, shattered fundraising records with $516,00 in donations and continuing to climb.
Julie Halston, Liz Callaway, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer & More to Join BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!

Broadway stars will take center stage in 14th Anniversary Benefit for Pulmonary Fibrosis. Learn how to purchase tickets!
13th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! Raises Over $465K

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation's 13th annual Broadway Belts for PFF! has raised over $465,000 and counting.
Robert Creighton to be Honored at BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!; Kate Baldwin, Julie Benko & More to Perform

Broadway celebrities will perform their favorite show tunes at the 13th Annual Broadway Belts for PFF!, on Monday, March 6, at Sony Hall in New York City. See who will perform, how to purchase tickets and more.
Review: Julie Halston DECLASSIFIED! at Birdland In A Class All Its Own

A one-night-only performance of her new show DECLASSIFIED! puts Julie Halston back onstage and back in the light... and it also puts butts in seats, as Birdland sells, completely, out, weeks in advance.
BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! Gala Featuring Julie Halston, Telly Leung, Beth Leavel & More Raises Record $475,000

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s 12th annual Broadway Belts for PFF! raised a record $475,000 in a new hybrid format on April 29. The sold-out gala at New York City’s Edison Ballroom, live streamed for the first time, is the single largest fundraiser in the Foundation’s history.
Telly Leung, Arielle Jacobs & Derrick Davis Join BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!

Derrick Davis (The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Carousel, Film's A Christmas Story, Can a Song Save Your Life), Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin, Wicked, Between the Lines, and In the Heights) and Telly Leung (Aladdin, Rent, TV's Glee, and Allegiance) will join the star-studded cast featuring previously announced performers.
Telly Leung, Arielle Jacobs, and More Join BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF

Arielle Jacobs and Telly Leung have been added to the lineup for the 12th annual Broadway Belts for PFF!, an unforgettable evening of entertainment featuring some of Broadway's hottest stars.
Beth Leavel, Lillias White, and More Announced for BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF

Tony Award-winning actress and comedienne Julie Halston (Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Tootsie) will emcee the 12th annual Broadway Belts for PFF!, an unforgettable evening of entertainment featuring some of Broadway's hottest stars. This year's hybrid event will take place live at New York City's Edison Ballroom and virtually on Friday evening, April 29, 2022. The event is the single largest fundraiser for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF).
Julie Halston Will Receive the 2020 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations.
Julie Halston Joins Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Board of Directors

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), the nation's leading pulmonary fibrosis (PF) patient education and advocacy organization, has appointed actress and comedienne, Julie Halston, to its Board of Directors.
The 10th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! Raised Nearly $400,000

The 10th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! honoring 12-time Tony Award-Winning Broadway producer Daryl Roth and hosted by Broadway's Julie Halston (Tootsie, You Can't Take it With You, Sex and the City) took place at the Edison Ballroom, with over 300 guests in attendance.
Photo Flash: Bernadette Peters, Julie Halston, Sierra Boggess, Jason Gotay and More at BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!

An annual sold-out event that is an exclusive New York musical theater experience, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! featured Broadway stars performing some of their favorite songs and original pieces to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). The benefit began as a tribute to Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press theater critic, who died suddenly of pulmonary fibrosis in 2010. Julie Halston, a founding partner of the event, is one of the PFF's leading advocates nationwide and shined as the evening's host (Her Broadway credits include Tootsie, Hairspray, Gypsy, and You Can't Take It With You).
Bernadette Peters, Sierra Boggess and More Join BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!; Complete Casting Announced

The 10th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will take place on Monday, February 24 at the Edison Ballroom. Hosted by Broadway's Julie Halston (Tootsie, You Can't Take it With You, Sex and the City) and directed by Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare), this year's gala event will honor multi-award winning Broadway producer Daryl Roth. Tickets can be purchased at BroadwayBeltsforPFF.org
BWW Review: JULIE HALSTON - JUDGE JULIE PRESIDING At Birdland Is Guilty of Slaying Em In The Aisles!

She talks about the mundane and the explosive; from newspaper wedding features to style/life advice from the one and only Joan Crawford, combining them in her cauldron of comedy, so, one can never go wrong spending the cash to see Julie Halston on stage. Whether she is creating a character in a play or musical or if you are taking in a truly inspired (and inspiring) comedienne (I won't stop using that word) on the nightclub stage you are in for the most laughs; and for all of those laughs, we give JULIE HALSTON - JUDGE JULIE PRESIDING a hearty 5 out of 5 Rainbows.
Bernadette Peters, J. Harrison Ghee, Sierra Boggess and Jason Gotay Join BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!

Bernadette Peters (Hello Dolly, Follies, A Little Night Music), J. Harrison Ghee (Kinky Boots, upcoming Mrs. Doubtfire), Jason Gotay (Evita, upcoming Between the Lines), and Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, It Shoulda Been You), will join previously announced performers including New York Yankees legend and Latin Grammy-nominee, Bernie Williams, whose father passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Annaleigh Ashford, Caissie Levy, and More Join BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!

Hosted by the actress/comedienne Julie Halston, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will hold its special tenth-anniversary fundraiser, featuring an evening of the hottest music and comedy in town to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). This year's event will honor 10-time Tony-Award Winning Producer Daryl Roth with the Ralph Howard Legacy Award and will take place on Monday, February 24, at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 W, 47th St.) in New York City.
Annaleigh Ashford, Caissie Levy and More to Perform at BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! Hosted by Julie Halston

Hosted by the actress/comedienne Julie Halston, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will hold its special tenth-anniversary fundraiser, featuring an evening of the hottest music and comedy in town to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). This year's event will honor 10-time Tony-Award Winning Producer Daryl Roth with the Ralph Howard Legacy Award and will take place on Monday, February 24, at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 W, 47th St.) in New York City.
Patti Murin, Jenny Laroche And Julie Gold Join Broadway Belts For PFF

Frozen's Patti Murin, Summer's Jenny Laroche and Julie Gold (Grammy-Award winner for Song of the Year for 'From a Distance'), join an amazing collection of talent for this year's BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!, hosted by actress/comedienne Julie Halston. This year marks the ninth BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!, featuring an evening of music and comedy benefitting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). The event will take place on Monday, February 25 at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street) in New York City. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.BroadwayBeltsForPFF.org.
Robert Creighton, Santino Fontana, Lindsay Mendez, and More Join This Year's BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF

Hosted by the actress/comedienne Julie Halston, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will hold its ninth annual fundraiser, featuring an evening of music and comedy benefitting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). This year's event will take place on Monday, February 25 at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street) in New York City. A variety of sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available and can be purchased at www.BroadwayBeltsForPFF.org.

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