by Len Lear

I first met Lois Burak in the mid-1970s, when she was about 10 years old and living with her family near ‘D’ Street and Roosevelt Boulevard in the Lower Northeast. She and her older brother, Jeff, seemed quite shy, which was not a surprise, given the fact that their bombastic parents, Marvin and Cyndia, sucked all of the air out of any room.

Lois, who has one of the most popular shows on Internet radio, has a show that is quite similar to that of Howard Stern with its offbeat comedians and frank, often sexually-oriented language.

In the 1970s I wrote more than one article for the Philadelphia Journal about Marvin, who was one of the most controversial radio hosts in Philadelphia radio history. He met his wife-to-be when she was a burlesque dancer and stripper in her native New Orleans. Marvin, whom we visited several times in his home, was a curmudgeon, but he was funny, compelling, highly unconventional and extremely opinionated, becoming animated to the point of being theatrical when espousing his socialist views.

Marvin’s career in mainstream radio ended in 1969 after he was convicted on obscenity charges for running a Philadelphia studio where customers took photos of nude women. In today’s pornography-addled climate, those charges would seem rather quaint, and Marvin always insisted angrily that the prosecution was purely political, a thinly disguised plan by some of his many political enemies to get him off the radio. Early in his career, Marvin did more traditional work for WPEN-AM, but his last show was on WXUR-AM&FM, stations owned by the late, controversial evangelical preacher Carl McIntire.

Tragically, Cyndia shot Marvin to death when Lois was 16 in January of 1982. Lois was caught in the crossfire and was hit with a bullet in the leg. Cyndia later told police that Marvin had gone into an uncontrollable rage when he suspected that she was having a relationship with another man and that she killed her husband in self-defense.

At the time I found that very hard to believe because Marvin made no secret of the fact that he and his wife were “swingers” who swapped sexual partners in their own home. Nevertheless, Cyndia’s self-defense story was obviously persuasive in court because she was acquitted of third-degree murder in 1984 by Common Pleas Judge Charles L. Durham. Cyndia moved back to New Orleans, but since receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2009, which is now in remission, she has been back in the Philadelphia area and living with Lois.

“I could tell you a lot of crazy stories about my dad and what went on in that house,” said Lois, “but one of the reasons I think I’m so grounded, even morally grounded, is that even though there was all this nudity and sexual talk, it was not a big deal in my house. Some people may look at that as child abuse or deviant behavior or whatever, but my parents did instill values … For years now I have been looking for a way to get closure, some redemption and be in an environment where I didn’t feel out of place.”

Lois is now 46 but looks 10 years younger. She has an exotic look with dark curly hair, a dark complexion, sexy voice and Marilyn Monroe curves. With her striking appearance, which she is not shy about promoting on her website, one can’t help thinking that she’d be a bigger hit on television than on the radio, but radio is where she can be found these days. She has lots of comedians as guests, with whom she exchanges lots of funny double entendres. The decision to pursue a career in communications was like walking out on a high wire without a net since Lois had spent 25 years as the owner of a beauty salon and day spa in Mayfair.

“Redemption for my dad as well as my respect and admiration for Howard Stern is why I changed my career in the direction of a professional, provocative & honest broadcaster,” explained Lois, host and creator of The LoLo Show. “No one ever asked if I was going to be a broadcaster like my dad. I did constantly get asked if I was going to be an exotic dancer like my mother.”

Burak gave up her successful beauty salon early last year, went to broadcasting school and started her radio show last September. In today’s digital revolution, just as almost anyone who is computer- and internet-savvy can self-publish a book or self-produce a musical CD, it is also possible to produce one’s own radio show, as Lois has done.

“It is the revolutionary radio stylings that Howard Stern has brought to Sirius/XM that kept my dream alive and contributed to the completion of my goal,” she explained. “Pursuing a broadcasting career is an endeavor I have taken on late in life and during a challenging time for the sole purpose of fulfilling a lifelong dream. I am the daughter of a one-time radio pioneer whose career was unfortunately silenced due to censorship. During my father’s career he fought for truly uncensored and outspoken radio programming. As a result, I encompass a mixture of chutzpah and knowledge of the business that I inherited from my father.”

At the age of three Lois once signed off her father’s show by declaring, “Bye-bye, daddy’s radio people”! Today, no topic is off-limits or beyond the scope of Burak, who can now be heard on The LoLo Show saying, “Hello, LoLo’s radio people!”

The LoLo Show (the name comes from a childhood nickname), which airs every Wednesday, 9 to 11 p.m. on www.loisburak.com, has quickly become a very popular Internet show with the grassroots support of fans on Facebook to provide momentum.

Because of the uninhibited, consistently funny and outspoken nature of the remarks by Burak and her guests, she has often been referred to by her fans as “the female Howard Stern.” And she definitely has adoring fans who leave laudatory comments on the Internet, thanks to her remarks like “a woman will put up with anything to get the trash taken out.” The buzz on the program has stung listeners not just in the Philadelphia area. Favorable articles about the show have appeared in papers as far away as Sacramento, Washington State, Indiana and Canada.

Lois’ show starts out with an old-time hawker blasting: “Ladies and gents, next up is a hot little southern Jew. She’s sexy! She’s funny! She’s naked — HEH! She’s ‘meshuga.’ She’s Lois Burak, and this is her story!” The demographic for The LoLo Show broadly spans the ages of 25 through 54 and apparently includes significant numbers of both men and women and both gays and straights.

According to Jeremy Gelb, son of Cyndia Burak’s late attorney, Marilyn Gelb, “Lois is smart, passionate and direct. She says it like it is — and doesn’t worry too much about what other people will think about her.”

Joe DeLong, co-host, collaborator and booker for The LoLo Show, first came on her show as a guest comedian after she had seen one of his performances. “There’s no doubt Lois is onto something,” he said. “The question is how to move beyond the ‘this is the female Howard Stern’ to ‘this is an articulate, funny, business-minded broadcaster who can speak her mind and happens to be a woman.’ Once we nail that, there’s no stopping The LoLo Show.”

Lois’ goal is to be on satellite radio, like Howard Stern, her idol, or even to be connected with Stern’s show in some way. She is well aware that because her favorite on-air topic is sex (“mostly tongue-in-cheek”), she has as much chance of having a mainstream radio talk show as she does of playing quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, she has been selected to do a pilot on Sirius XM/(Stern’s network), Playboy spice amateur podcast series.

“My dad’s legacy is what I am trying to continue,” said Lois, “not just to pay homage to a man who was my father but because it is real and entertaining at the same time. When you’re that open and honest, there’s no hiding; whatever you’re talking about, it’s out in the open, and then you can have a real conversation. There has to be a response, positive or negative, and that’s when it’s most true and enjoyable.”

“The LoLo Show” airs thru Burak’s website, www.loisburak.com, every Wednesday, 9 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.loisburak.com, or find her at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208524869.

  • RUUKIDDINGME2

    THE ONLY PERSON WHO CALLS HER THE FEMALE HOWARD STERN IS HER…..RUUKIDDINGME

    • Michaelnise

      THIS GUY REALLY KNOWS YOU AND HE HIT THE TARGET. IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME WHEN SOMEONE IN POWER GETS IT!!!!!LOST YOUR NUMBER CALL ME AND GIVE IT TO ME.

  • Revbookburn

    She absolutely is a female Howard Stern. She is funny, naughty, brilliant and provides high quality entertainment. This show is going to rise!

    Rev. Bookburn

  • M. Parker

    Let your haters be your motivators! I Love the LoLo Show!

  • chuck

    This a breath of fresh air. Howard has gone to main stream and has in my mind has lost some of his edge.I see this as a great chance to hear it fresh from a womans point of view. And as the old sating goes ,turn the dial. If you do not like the content so be it, but screw your negative comments. She has come alot farther in the industry than ru kidding me. Go for Lois.F***k the haters.

  • Gobuster

    Sexy voice, great host

  • Joan Weisblatt

    Lois Burak is smart, sexy, engaging and gorgeous! I love her show and listen to it all the time. I wish her and Joe DeLong tremendous success as their star rises!

  • http://twitter.com/psychicstoner Chris The Psychic Stoner

    Congrats to Lois on the Sirius/XM gig. She’s a great, funny on air talent. Glad to see someone who deserves a big break, get one.

  • Andrew Karluk

    She is not only an amazing radio host, but a wonderful person too. As a host, she is sexy, funny, engaging, basically everything you want in a host. I’m glad that this show i getting a chance on Sirius/XM, so, the world can know what I know: this show is radio gold!

  • Bob4str

    There is no one I know who is more deserving than Lois. she is hard working, funny as hell and as honest as they come. She is a true talent, not to mention very easy on the eyes. go get them my friend!

  • David

    This is an awesome story!!!

  • RUUKIDDINGME2

    “She’s a great” “funny on air talent” “great host” “She absolutely is a female Howard Stern” ” this show is radio gold” REALLY ??????? YOU LOSERS

    • Zack

      NICE INPUT. THE WORDS: “REALLY, YOU, AND LOSERS.” THANKS FOR THE COMMENT. BY THE WAY, VERY CUTE THE WAY YOU TURNED “ARE YOU” INTO “RU”. I’M SURE YOUR SEVENTH GRADE BUDDIES WOULD BE PROUD.

  • Bonnie

    “LoLo is a very talented and special lady.. best of luck on your special. ”

  • Joycimino

    YOLO-YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! You are a determined, witty, syrong, beautiful woman! Shine on girl! You ARE the female Howard Stern and I think there are alot of women who are happy you had the “chutzpah” to start living your dream!

  • Pbtammy

    I listen to the show every week and love it all!!!! Best of luck to Lois and Joe, you guys are great……

  • SGTJohnD

    Great article Lois is a great person and happy she is getting a break.

  • MamiChulo

    Lolo is hilarious…the true test: I don’t even need to be high to LOL to this bitch! Nuff said.

  • Al From The DnA Project

    Lois Burak is truly a star ready to go supernova on the radio world. While many radio show hosts have to tow the line and filter their speech, Lolo tells it like it is. The LoLo Show gives an honest (and always funny) take on anything that comes to mind. Lois going to XM was inevitable, and its great to see her talent recognized. She will always be loved and appreciated for not only her talent, but the opportunities she presents to comedians and bands to showcase their talent on her show. Myself and my bandmates will always be greatful, and amongst her biggest fans.

    Love and good luck!

    Al From The DnA Project

  • Adrian

    Great show! I’ve been listening for months. Her backstory is jaw-dropping and her willingness to leave a successful business to pursue her dream is truly inspirational.

  • Speech Impediment man

    THE “LOLO SHOW ” ROCKS AND LOIS IS A HOT CHICK WHO I WOULD DO IN A HEARTBEAT I LISTEN TO HER SHOW EVERY TUE. NIGHT SHE IS THE FEMALE “HOWARD STERN”.

  • Marc A

    Great article…Star Matirial

  • chuck

    I know rukidding,He lives in his Moms Basement and has pictures of total strangers pasted on his wall.He is a f***king weirdo. Lois have him as a guest in the future. That would be a great show.

  • Rissamoo22

    I fn love this show!

  • Andyfromontario

    Great Article and great new beginning, all the best!

  • Nobutiplayoneontv

    You mean a Howard Stern imitator.

  • Mark New

    From Mark New, Comedian; Love “The Lolo Show.”…..Enjoyed being a guest and she brings out the best in the people she brings on and her regulars……

  • Thomas Lickengood

    This is a stupid story.

  • Adam Mamawala

    Congratulations to Lois and Joe, hopefully this is the big break they both deserve. I was featured as a guest comedian on the show several months ago and had an absolute blast. Here’s hoping everything goes well tonight!

  • Robert

    I LOVE the LOLO SHOW!!! The whole crew always gets me laughing. They’ve got great chemistry. Not to mention they’ve highlighted some of my comedic works. I hope one day I’m able to be with them live. ROCK on guys!

  • John Rebello

    Lois Burak is a very good friend of mine. She is very gifted on air personality. Her show… The LoLo Show if you haven’t heard it get a grip and tune in Wednesdays at 9 PM.http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fpodcast%2Fthe-lolo-show%2Fid497741848&h=4AQFk-m9e
    Lois don’t pay any attention to the haters out there they just wish they had what you have and that’s…TALENT!!!!
    All my Love and All the Best..John :-)

  • sandee bengel

    Lois is hilarious…funny, talented and says it like it is! Definitely worth tuning in!! :)

  • Johnnydelaware

    I am very thankful to love and enjoy what you spread though out everyone !

  • Chrisonline

    Good Luck with the Playboy audition – you deserve this shot!

  • Zleco

    If you havent yet found this Woman on Twitter, Facebook, Cloud,Itunes & now in this article then you have been hiding under a rock! She is vivacious..upfront & outspoken & in your face..Hang on..Who else is like that ?? Thats right..The man we all know & Love Howard Stern.. She is about as close to Him as anyone I know..& that is a GREAT thing..She doesnt try to be Him..this is just who she is. I am proud to call Lois a friend & like I said if you havent yet heard of her come on out from under that rock..its time… take a breath of fresh air..its time for “The LoLo Show”

  • Zleco

    If you havent yet found this Woman on Twitter, Facebook, Cloud,Itunes & now in this article then you have been hiding under a rock! She is vivacious..upfront & outspoken & in your face..Hang on..Who else is like that ?? Thats right..The man we all know & Love Howard Stern.. She is about as close to Him as anyone I know..& that is a GREAT thing..She doesnt try to be Him..this is just who she is. I am proud to call Lois a friend & like I said if you havent yet heard of her come on out from under that rock..its time… take a breath of fresh air..its time for “The LoLo Show”

  • Darryl

    Lois is absolutely fantastic on her show! She brings with her a sense of intriguing style, hilarity, and honesty, that for the listener, is simply captivating. She’s amazing and will go far!!

  • Joebachman

    She is the REAL DEAL! Beautiful…. awesome…. I love Lois!

  • Richprenzlin

    I first met Lolo,via fb. Being a avid Howard Stern fan, I was amazed to find a kindred spirit that was, in my opion”the hottest Stern Fan”. I started listening to her show, and again amazed. As a struggling comedian I have spoken with her and she knows what’s funny and what is not, has her own opinions and a great on air and off. I am very happy to call her a friend and to call myself a fan. -Dick Pretzel Comedian