Joy Browne

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Joy Browne (born 24 October 1944) also known as Dr. Joy, is an American radio psychologist, author, film critic.

Early life[edit]

Browne was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and educated at Rice University in Houston, TX.

Career[edit]

A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology, she is a licensed clinical psychologist who was first on the air in Boston at station WITS, where she did a program called Up Close and Personal in the late 1970s.[1]

Today, her syndicated show is one of the longest-running call-in therapy shows in the United States. Until late 2012, it originated at WOR (New York City). Browne takes a no-nonsense approach to callers, trying to home in on a problem without getting caught up in a caller's long stories or digressions. Browne is also known for her "one-year rule", which states that people who have lost a spouse or partner due to break-up, death, or divorce should wait at a minimum one-year before resuming romantic relationships. Dr. Joy is known for her phrase "stupid and cheerful" for dealing with difficult people. Browne has also half-jokingly suggested that people wait until they are 40 or 45 years old before having sex, due to the emotional nakedness involved, in addition to the physical.

Dr. Browne hosted a TV show on the Discovery Health cable channel in 2005 which was a live one-hour simulcast of her weekday show on WOR. She previously hosted a King World-Eyemark weekday syndicated TV advice talk show in 1999 for one year.

She has written numerous books on life and dating, including It’s A Jungle Out There Jane, Dating for Dummies,[2] The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life, Capitalizing on Incompetence, Getting Unstuck, and Dating Disasters.

On 30 September 2010, Dr. Browne joined the cast of the off-Broadway play My Big Gay Italian Wedding for three performances.[3]

Browne is often compared as the antonym to radio psychologist Laura Schlesinger, and has inspired a whole legion of radio hosts after her including Errol Gluck of GluckRadio.

Browne was released by WOR on 20 December 2012 after Clear Channel Communications bought the station, using its own network hosts.[4]

Since January 2013, Dr. Joy is heard on Radio America from Noon-3:00PM ET.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbara Graustark. "On Air Psychologists: Healers or Exploiters?" New York Times, 9 August 1981, p. D23
  2. ^ Browne, Joy (2006). Dating for dummies. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-76870-7. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Joy Browne to Guest Star in My Big Gay Italian Wedding: Theater News on TheaterMania.com - 09/07/2010". Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  4. ^ http://radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2596355&spid=24698 Joy Browne Fired From WOR
  5. ^ http://www.radioamerica.org/PRG_joybrowne.htm

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