Fran Spencer has worked in many capacities, but a common thread can be found throughout most of her work. She is a dedicated educator, facilitator,and champion of women and girls.
Whether working with teens as a high school English and Theater teacher; whether working with young people with the The Actor’s Workshop of Massapequa, a creative dramatics studio that she founded; whether performing for young people in elementary schools and hospitals with Storytime Theatre, which she co-founded and for which she was the producer and director; or whether producing and hosting a women’s issues program on WRHU, Fran is passionate about educating young people and facilitating their hopes and dreams. In addition she is a proud feminist with a lifelong dedication to enhancing the lives of women and girls.
Fran has worked as a voice over writer and artist for many Long Island businesses and performed in a radio series comprised of seventy shows for Voice of America Radio.
In 2001 Fran joined the staff of WRHU. For eight years she was a DJ for WRHU’s Jazz Café and a host and host trainer for WRHU’s morning show, Hofstra’s Morning Wake-Up Call. In 2008, she was instrumental in launching WRHU’s award winning women’s issues program titled A League of Our Own. This show has allowed Fran to do what she does best, work with young people while fostering an intergenerational feminist exchange.
With A League of Our Own Fran has interviewed some of the top feminists in the country including Carol Jenkins, award winning journalist and first president of The Women’s Media Center; Marcia Pappas, former president of the NY chapter of the National Organization of Women; and feminist activists and authors Alida Brill and Gloria Feldt.
In addition, Fran, has interviewed many women of achievement such as producer and sports broadcaster Ann Liguori, an original member of WFAN; Nell Merlino, creator of Take Our Daughters To Work Day and founder of Count Me In, a program that mentors women entrepreneurs; author and daughter of our former Vice President, Karenna Gore Schiff; and well-known career coach and radio personality, Maggie Mistal.
Fran Spencer is on the Board of Directors of the Spencer Foundation (no relation) which provides resources for children with cancer and their families. In her free time, Fran plays with a handbell choir and sings in the occasional cabaret.