Hurricane Casualty: Nachum Segal Knocked Off Air For First Time in 30 Years


nachum-segal1On September 4, Nachum Segal celebrated 30 years of Jewish radio programming excellence, and this week, for the first time in three decades, the voice of Jewish radio was silenced by Hurricane Sandy.

Nachum Segal’s JM in the AM , which he produces and hosts between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., Monday to Friday, is heard on listener-sponsored WFMU (91.1 FM) in New Jersey and New York, WMFU (90.1 FM) in the Catskills and around the world at

Because WFMU was without power, Segal was unable to broadcast for the first time since the 1980s.

JM in the AM‘s transmitter sites in Mount Hope and West Orange were both without power, and backup studios in Teaneck, Elizabeth, Marine Park and the Lower East Side of Manhattan were also suffering from power outages.

Efforts are underway to secure a studio that would allow Segal to broadcast at least online, perhaps even by this evening. Otherwise, the familiar voice heard by tens of thousands each day may be off-air until the end of the week.

Nachum has been called “the voice of Klal Yisrael” and behind his microphone that morning he will celebrate a remarkable milestone – 30 years on the air – joined by a roster of notable guests and his longtime staff of volunteers. The community is invited to join Nachum on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, as he broadcasts JM in the AM from 6 am to 9 am from Jerusalem Café at 35 West 36thStreet in Manhattan.

Earlier this year, Segal unveiled The Nachum Segal Network along with a roster of exciting new programs and hosts.

Longtime listeners of JM in the AM are familiar with the remarkable story of how Segal, as a senior at Yeshiva University and manager of the campus radio station, was pressed into service at WFMU on Erev Rosh Hashanah three decades ago, on less than a day’s notice, to host what was then known locally as The Hebrew & Jewish Program. Since that day, even as JM in the AM has grown to enjoy international recognition, Segal has been known for his warmth, menchlichkeit and approachability, and today they remain his hallmarks on-and-off the air.

It is our hope that he will be able to resume his broadcasting very soon.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. I love Nachum and frequently listen to his morning show. I must comment though on hin mantra “america’s one and only morning Jewish radio program”. This is no longer true, as you have radio Hidabrut in the Brooklyn area.

  2. Wow, what a tragedy! The great Nachum off the air. How will we survive?
    Reminds me of an infamous comment of a teacher in a NY yeshiva:
    “Six million Jews failed the regents, and you’re worried about Germany?”
    Matzav – get a life!

  3. You cannot compare the deep level of involvement that Nachum Segal shows vis a vis the Jewish community with Radio Hidabroot.

    RH has its strong points but this is not one of them.

    Really, Nachum was the first. And what are you suggesting — that he rewrite the tagline? “One of America’s two morning Jewish radio programs”?

    Ya know, he gets to keep the top spot. I tuned in this morning hoping to hear his take on the Jewish aftermath of the storm. He would have been front and center broadcasting about various relief efforts.

    Hakaras Hatov (appreciation) is a trait we all need to develop more.