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Funeral Service and Interment for June Lebell

May 7th, 2017Posted by admin

June LeBell Alley, 73, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of New York, New York, died on April 30, 2017.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on May 8, 2017 at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL.
The event will be livestreamed.

PDF for the Celebration of Life

Interment will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday May 11, 2017 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241.

Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera or Tidewell Hospice.


June LeBell to Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Club of Florida

February 12th, 2016Posted by admin


The Broadcasters Club of Florida will honor June LeBell, the first female announcer on a major commercial classical music station in the nation, with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. LeBell currently hosts her own series, “June LeBell’s Musical Conversations,” on Public Radio’s WSMR in Sarasota and Tampa, Florida, and, for 30 years, was a staff announcer, host and producer of numerous award-winning series with sponsors that included IBM, Restaurant Associates, ITT Corporation and several airlines on WQXR in New York City. She has received almost 20 awards for outstanding broadcasts in her more than 40 years behind the microphone. Her voice was heard on the classical music channels for American Airlines, Finnair and Air Force One.

Currently living in Sarasota, she is the music critic for the Observer Group, has written for a variety of periodicals, including The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine and Opera News, and is the author of “Kitchen Classics from the Philharmonic,” published by Doubleday, with illustrations by Al Hirschfeld. She lectures coast to coast, from the Santa Fe Opera to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and for a variety of orchestras from the New York Philharmonic to the Sarasota Orchestra. LeBell has been heard interviewing, in person and on the air, almost every well-known musician and performer in the classical field. Internationally, she has appeared on the Metropolitan Opera Quiz, live from the Met in New York City, and during intermission features for European broadcast concerts, and she currently hosts, produces and programs Music Mondays for SILL in Sarasota, a weekly non-broadcast series featuring important performers in front of a live audience of about 1,000.

Previous recipients of The Broadcasters Club of Florida’s Lifetime Achievement Award have been Gayle Sirens, former WFLA Tampa news anchor, and Emmy-Award winning journalist, John Wilson.

LeBell will be presented with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by The Broadcasters Club of Florida February 12, 2016, at a luncheon at the Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow St, Sarasota. Reservations are required for the lunch and award presentation no later than Feb 10. Info:


June LeBell, long-time, award-winning broadcaster with WQXR in New York City, to air new radio program on WSMR

February 4th, 2014Posted by admin

Exciting news for Sarasota, Tampa and much of the Florida West Coast, as well as fans of great music and classic conversations, June LeBell will be hosting a new one-hour program of musical conversations starting in October. She’ll host, produce and book the guests on her show. And the performers and musicians she features will be from all over the world with a good mix of local and world-renowned talent. Her first guest will be Marilyn Horne, the world famous Met Opera mezzo. The program will air Sundays from 4PM – 5PM, starting in October, with a repeat the following week, and will  be streamed over,  for those not in WSMR’s large listening area of the west coast of Florida.