Healthstyles is produced and hosted by registered nurses Diana Mason and Barbara Glickstein, with Hunter College’s Center for Health, Media and Policy on WBAI-NY 99.5 FM. The show airs every Thursday from 11:00 PM to 11:30 PM on 99.5 FM and streams live on the web at wbai.org. The program focuses on personal health, health policy, and health issues locally, nationally and internationally. It frequently features cutting-edge information or news from front line health care workers and health advocates in our community, including discussions of the sociopolitical factors that jeopardize the health of individuals, families and communities. The hosts and guests provide listeners with the information necessary to advocate for their own health and well-being, as well as a more humanistic, holistic health care system.
Healthstyles is the only nurse-produced radio program in New York City. Diana Mason, RN, and Barbara Glickstein, RN, have been producing Healthstyles since 1986. They have received awards for their work through the American Association of Childbirthing Centers, the Public Health Association of New York City, and the American Academy of Nursing. The use of radio to promote health was the focus of an article published in the January 2000 issue of the American Journal of Public Health by Mason and staff at the city’s Community Service Society on their collaboration to offer a live two-hour workshop to educate listeners on how to select and use a managed care plan, since the state was forcing Medicaid recipients into managed care plans.
WBAI- NYC 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio is a community-supported and -based station, broadcasting from studios at 120 Wall Street. It serves the tri-state metropolitan region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, with an Arbitron cumulative audience of over 225,000 listeners, and a signal reach of over 50 miles.