"THE K" KAUFMAN
Murray the K Kaufman was born on February 14, 1922.
He worked his way into radio in 1953, producing a late night interview
show before receiving his own nightly program on WMCA/New York.
In 1958, Kaufman joined WINS/New York as the host of the Swingin
Soiree, a mixture of rock and roll and Kaufmans inventive
patter. When he took over Alan Freeds timeslot a year later,
Kaufman quickly became the most popular disc jockey in New York.
Kaufmans love for rock and roll and its audience led the
Beatles to seek him out when they first came to America in 1964.
Kaufmans friendship with the group earned him the nickname
The Fifth Beatle.
When WINS switched to an all-news format in 1965, Kaufman moved
to WOR-FM/New York, where he pioneered the progressive rock format
before the station switched formats a year later.
Bothered by the constrictions of Top 40 Radio, Kaufman joined NBCs
Monitor from 1969 to 1971. Eventually he left New York for
California to host the syndicated Soundtrack of the '60s,
but a battle with cancer forced him to step aside after a year.
Murray the K Kaufman died on February 21, 1982.
Murray "the K" Kaufman was inducted into the Radio Hall
of Fame in 1997.
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