SCHOOL DELAYS

Alice Steinbach

Zurawik recalls the strange, winning radio world of Allan Prell

Zurawik recalls the strange, winning radio world of Allan Prell

My first assignment on my first day as TV critic at The Baltimore Sun in 1989 was to go over to WBAL radio and appear as a guest on the noontime show of Allan Prell, who died Saturday at age 79.

Before leaving the office, I asked my pod partner Alice Steinbach, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning feature writer, what Prell was like since I was told she often appeared on his show.

Alice rolled her eyes and said in a theatrical voice, “That, you will have to experience for yourself, David. Good luck.”

She said it with affection for Prell, but the message was clear: Be prepared, this guy is a trip.

That wasn’t the half of it I decided after a few minutes of chatting pre-air with...

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