Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options


Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

March 22, 1985 - Image 25

Resource type:
The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-03-22

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.


Friday, March 22, 1985


Bill Pugliano


Paul Winter,
alias Saul
Wineman, has
been a liberal
voice on the
Detroit radio
scene for 30
years, and has
only mellowed
slightly with

Special to The Jewish News

Radio personality Paul Winter by
any other name would still_ be Saul
That was the philosophical posi-
tion taken by Wineman more than 30
years ago when he decided that he
would be known as Paul Winter in the
studio but Saul Wineman everywhere
The dual-identity has served him
well with no confusion, Wineman-
Winter says.
There are no verbal slips when he
answers the telephone. No subcon-
scious errors when he signs checks.
Nor does he answer with the wrong
name to the right woman, his wife of
37 years, Marilyn.
"I changed my name when I went
into radio. 'fly, ;onventional thing to do
was to have a good WASP name and
speak Middle Western English," said
Wineman. "Some 35 years ago, very
few people in radio were immediately
identifiable by their names in radio.
"It was a matter of accommodat-
ing the conventions of the time and not
a matter of hiding my Jewishness. As a
matter of fact, I was insistent that I be
called by my real name everywhere
Wineman, 61, is an articulate,
versatile radio personality whose
voice has been carried over the Detroit
area airwaves for many years. In fact,
he has been around so long that some
of his fans recognize him on the street

by his voice; He enjoys a certain
amount of "voice recognition" al-
though it is limited to particular audi-
ences. And he has done about every-
thing in radio as well as television.
He was a disc jockey for all kinds
of music — theater, jazz, classical. He
hosted a telephone call-in show during
which he expressed controversial —
albeit liberal — political views.
, He cut a-record —A Winter's Tale
— which, if it did not sell a million,
seems to give Wineman some self-
He has been sufficiently versatile
to take his talents to television but
radio seems to be what he likes the
Presently, Wineman hosts a radio
show calledFree Play on WQRS and he
is known as the "Voice of Channel 56."
At the same time, he teaches
humanities at Wayne State Univer-
sity's degree-granting adult education
He has a rumpled, dissheveled
look — one which reflects the
stereotype of an intellectual.
Indeed, Free Press columnist Bob
Talbert, in a 1969 article, labeled
Wineman "the house liberal and
bonafide intellectual of Detroit's talk
radio stations."
"How would I describe myself?" he
asks during an interview with The
Jewish News.
"I am a humanist, secularist, em-

piricist, strenuously civil libertarian
and a liberal. I am also the beneficiary
of a long religious tradition in which I
do not participate."
Wineman appears very comforta-
ble with himself, including the fact
that he has no formal Jewish religious
training — he did not have a bar
"My identity was forged out of the
experience of my parents," said
Wineman. "I am a,Jew but not a prac-
ticing one. I am a secular, cultural
He was a product of the old Dexter
neighborhood, attending McCulloch,
Winterhalter, Durfee and Central
High School. He went on to earn his
bachelor and master's degrees in phi-
losophy from the University of Michi-
He said that his philosophical
views about religion were based on the
Eastern European experience of his
parents, a culture he maintains did not
revolt against religion but was neut-
ral, although certain segments were
While not active in the Jewish
community, he was a member at var-
ious times of the regional advisory
board of the Anti-Defamation League,
the kind of advocacy cause on which he
still seems to thrive.
Refreshingly candid — the kind of
candor which earned him a reputation


Continued on next page

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan