Student, Harvard University, 1922; student, New England Conservatory Music, 1923-1926.
Staff writer, record reviewer, Phonograph Monthly Review, Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1926-1930; editor, public, Phonograph Monthly Review, Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1930-1931; freelance writer, 1932-1934; associate editor, reviewer, Music Lovers' Guide, New York City, 1932-1934; record researcher, Gramophone Shop, New York City, 1934-1939; editor, Gramophone Shop Supplement, 1937-1939; editor, Steinway Review Permanent Music (later syndicated Review Recorded Music), New York City, 1939-1943; senior writer, then supervising editor instruction book department, Hazeltine electronics corporation, Little Neck, New York, 1943-1946; editor, Review Recorded Music, 1947-1950; record reviews, Down Beat magazine, 1952; audio columnist, Saturday Review, 1953-1955; columnist, High Fidelity magazine, 1955-1987; contributing editor, High Fidelity magazine, 1956-1987; contributing editor, Audiocraft magazine, 1955-1958; record reviews, American Record Guide, 1986-1988; record reviews, Phono-Museum Retrospects, Opus, 1987-1988. Discographic consultant music division New York City Public Library, 1952.
Fellow Radio Club American. Member Audio Engineering Society, Acoustical Society of America, Ulster County History Society, Association Recorded Sound Collections.
Married Emma Cartwright Bourne, September 30, 1930 (divorced 1936).