Ms. Houston majored in city research at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, N.Y., however was expelled for tripping fireplace alarms and tipping over merchandising machines. “I went out big,” she informed Mr. Arthur on his podcast. “I was in the wrong place.”
She labored as a waitress earlier than discovering work as a D.J. at Westchester Community College’s radio station, then at one other station in Mount Kisco, N.Y., for $7 an hour. She left for a job at ABC Radio as an engineer, and labored with the sports activities journalist Howard Cosell and the discuss present host Sally Jessy Raphael. The pay was much better than her low-wage radio jobs, however she missed being on the air. In 1989 she was again behind a microphone at WZFM in White Plains.
“Someone said to me, ‘I want to introduce you to the voice of God,’” stated Paul Cavalconte, who, because the WZFM program director, employed Ms. Houston. “She was so engaging and charismatic, which worked on the radio and in personal appearances.” (WZFM is now WXPK.)
When WZFM’s format shifted from grownup album different to trendy rock in 1993, Ms. Houston was informed that she needed to undertake on-air title with an X in it. She grew to become Harley Foxx. But, in search of extra range within the format, she sought refuge a 12 months later at WFUV, of which she had been a fan for a while.
“I just called the station and was, like, ‘Hey, can I work here, please?’” she informed Mr. Arthur.
She began internet hosting the noon present in 1994, then stepped away from it after just a few years to turn out to be the full-time music director. She returned to the air in 2001 to host “The Whole Wide World.”
In addition to her spouse, she is survived by her sister, Debra Baglio, and her brothers, Richard and Robert. Another brother, William Jr., died in October.
Ms. Houston recorded her remaining present from residence on Dec. 5, with Mr. Cavalconte, additionally a D.J. at WFUV, because the co-host. It was broadcast three days after she died.