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Pioneer Radio Psychologist Dr. Joy Browne Dead at 71

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Dr. Joy Browne, the radio and TV psychologist who lent her expert advice on air for nearly 40 years, has died. She was 71.

Browne died on Saturday in New York City, The New York Times reports, noting that Browne’s brother, David Oppenheim, confirmed the death but did not give a cause.

“She was the longest-running psychologist on AM/FM radio at the time of her death, Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, told the Times.

“More importantly, she kept the presence of the radio psychologist/relationships show alive on terrestrial news/talk radio at a time when the genre had all but dried up in favor of mostly conservative, political programming.”

Browne burst onto the radio scene in 1978, when she was called on to the air after a hockey game had been cancelled, according to Talkers.

She found success in years to come, providing expert advice to radio listeners who sought her help during call-in segments on the radio or via email.

Her expertise and buoyant approach landed her recognition, and a long-running nationally syndicated call-in talk show.

She had two television shows, one on CBS and another on the Discovery Health cable channel, according to her website. And boasts appearances on shows like Larry King Live and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Browne is survived by her daughter, Patience; three sisters Alannah Sinclaire, Judy Hawkins and Jane Russo; and two brothers, David and Daniel Oppenheim, the Times reports.