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June began her career in 1973 at WQXR, the nation’s largest and oldest commercial classical music radio station, being the first female announcer in this field in the country. She remained at WQXR for almost 30 years, garnering more than 18 major awards for outstanding broadcasts, and hosting, writing and producing special programs with such sponsors as IBM, ITT, Tourneau, and various airlines and restaurants. She also hosted and narrated live presentations with the New York Philharmonic, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MET Opera, Whitney, Guggenheim, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, Kosciuszko Foundation, and Carnegie Hall. June wrote for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Ovation, Gourmet, and Stagebill.

She received a First Place award from the Florida Press Association for her reviews in The Observer and was presented a lifetime achievement award by the Broadcasters Association of Florida. She authored Kitchen Classics from the Philharmonic, published by Doubleday, a classical music-themed cookbook with illustrations by Al Hirschfeld. She served on numerous arts boards as an advisor or active director, from the Curtis Institute’s Board of Overseers to the New York Philharmonic Council, the Richard Tucker Foundation, SILL, SCA’s Great Performers and Gloria Musicae.

Musically, June was a graduate of New York’s High School of Music and Art, the Mannes College of Music, a student of Martial Singher, and the Hartt College of Music. She won several scholarships and vocal awards, and appeared in operas and recitals at venues from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center. She was a soprano soloist in Manhattan at Temple Emanuel, First Presbyterian, Resurrection and Marble Collegiate Church, where she was a long-time member.

After an early retirement, June moved to Sarasota, Florida, where she wrote and hosted “June LeBell’s Musical Conversations,” a weekly series for WSMR Public Radio, featuring noted international musicians in conversation and performance. Her guests included internationally renowned musicians and performers, from Marilyn Horne and Leonard Slatkin to Dick Hyman.

She is survived by husband Edward Alley, a sister, two nephews and numerous cousins.