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Anchors Lou Adler (left) Jim Donnelly (right) 1978. Photo courtesy Martin Hardee.
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Respected, retired anchor, sportscaster, and newswriter Harvey Hauptman died Wednesday, August 2, at the age of 87. Harvey was one of the members of the inaugural staff of WCBS as it became an all-news operation in 1967. But his tenure began well before as a newswriter for the afternoon news broadcast "Up to the Minute," anchored by Kenneth Banghart. Harvey, an enthusiastic Rutgers booster, later became a sportscaster for the station, and then a news anchor.

A touching funeral service was conducted at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which was lived streamed. The temple has archived the service, which can be viewed here: HERE

Photo (above) of Harvey at the typewriter in the old WCBS newsroom on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s. Also seated is Ken Banghart, afternoon news anchor. Standing in the white shirt is another WCBS News staffer James L. Brooks, later film director and creator of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Harvey's memories about earlier days at WCBS can be found HERE


  • Current WCBS Morning News Anchor Wayne Cabot: "In a newsroom full of barbs and sarcasm, Harvey was a zen presence who was loved and respected by virtually everyone. He was a part of New York and a familiar voice of my youth."

  • Longtime WCBS Reporter Rich Lamb: "Harvey was a true professional and a delightful colleague. He was a stickler for accuracy in fact, in grammar and syntax, as well as in pronunciation, but had a lightness of spirit, a quick wit and a radiant warmth. He was an effective AFTRA shop steward and a friend to all who had the privilege of working with him. Those who knew him mourn his loss."

  • Former WCBS Sports Director Ed Ingles called Harvey "a quality person and outstanding broadcaster."

  • Longtime WCBS reporter and writer Jane Tillman Irving said: "Harvey was a gentleman and a fine newsman, whose easy, conversational style on the air was always a pleasure to hear. He was a treasured colleague whom I will always remember."

  • Former WCBS Reporter Fred Fishkin called Harvey "a gentleman and fine newsman whose easy conversational style on the air was always a pleasure to hear."

  • Former anchor Rita Sands told WCBS: "Harvey and I co anchored together on WCBS many times over the years and while our friendship grew so did my insight into how well prepared he was as a news anchor, a business anchor, a sports reporter, an interviewer; he never went on the air without being ready for anything. He loved the work."

  • Steve Scott: A legend at WCBS News 88.

  • Ted David: Very sorry to hear this. As Steve says he was a legend and a staple at WCBS. When you heard his voice you KNEW you were listening to the one and only 880. Rest in Peace, Harvey.

  • Todd Glickman: I had the honor of doing the weather sitting next to him at Black Rock during his last shift before retirement. A true professional, and a great person. May his memory be for a blessing!

  • Gil Gross: Damn it. Nicest man in the world. It used to amuse him that people thought he was Christian because of his name and thought Lou Adler was Jewish because of his when it was just the opposite. Lou always seemed as annoyed by this as Harvey was amused. He followed me for the hours until Pat & Ben came on, and from my first day was unfailingly nice and supportive and helpful. Sweet man and a terrific anchor.

  • Ken Jeffries: I remember listening to him during my NY days...

  • Michael J. Schoen: RIP. Fabulous man -- and great anchor.

  • Robert C. Lape: A true pro.

  • Michael Kahn: A fine anchor and a true mensch. Glad I had the chance to write for him. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Jerry Levin: None better ever did what Harvey did at WCBS. A great writer, reporter, and on air unflappable vocal communicator.

  • Todd Ant: Always enjoyed my chats with Harvey, He was just as solid doing PA for Rutgers Football as he was News Anchor/Reporter/Writer... Safe travels Harvey, you were one of the good guys.

  • Tim Scheld: Blessed to have called him friend and coworker. I was a better person and professional thanks to his example.

  • Tony Gatto: One of the greatest people I've ever worked with. My memories of Harvey go back a long way, to when I first walked into the WCBS newsroom in the summer of 1980. He was a sweet man and a great news anchor whose big voice did not match his physical appearance. His was one of the signature voices of that time heard on the powerhouse radio station that was then called News 88. Very said to hear of the passing of this man who taught me so much and I'll always hold close the memories of interacting with him in that great newsroom.

  • Roslyn Barreaux Brendzel: I had the honor of working with and writing for Harvey. Aside from being the quintessential reporter/anchor, Harvey was pine of the nicest people I knew. He always had a kind word for everyone. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Steven Reed: What a wonderful, gentle man ! Harvey was a professional's professional with an ever present welcoming and uplifting smile. It was an honor and privilege to have worked with him!

  • Tom Kaminski: I was honored to have the chance to work with him. He was one of those voices I grew up with, so it was surreal to have those moments sitting in the newsroom with him just chatting. That rare person who was as kind as he was talented. Prayers to his family.

  • Don Swaim: Harvey rarely yelled, but he yelled at me once. Apparently I had screwed up something I wrote, which wouldn't have been the first time. Later, he came over to me, put his arm around my shoulder, and said, 'I'm sorry I yelled.' He shouldn't have been sorry. I probably deserved it.

  • Jeffrey Lyons: I worked with him for EIGHTEEN YEARS! A big Red Sox fan, making a true gentleman even greater in my eyes!! I adored him. RIP my friend. It was an honor working with Harvey Hauptman. And a major talent, too.

  • Ray Hoffman: I think Gil Gross got it right. Harvey probably was the nicest guy in the world (although our dear late newsroom friend Marty Duskin might have given him a run for his money in that particular category). But that nice quality was only part of the story. In terms of professionalism and total commitment to the craft of broadcast journalism, Harvey Hauptman came in at the absolute 100th-percentile. As he did as a person.

  • Peter Cane: A mensch in every way. RIP.

  • Rolfe Auerbach; Harvey will be terribly missed by all who knew him. He was a light to the world!

  • Lon Braithwaite; Sorry to learn about Harvey Hauptman - a gentleman. RIP.

  • Steven Baltin: Sad news! Harvey was one of the finest journalists I ever worked with and certainly among the kindest. And he conveyed that on the air: friendly, but authoritative. Having grown up in the New Brunswick area, Harvey was an avid Rutgers fan and for many years was the public address announcer at Rutgers football games.

  • Frank Cipolla: God rest his soul.

  • Richard Lorenzo: sad news about our CBS colleague Harvey Hauptman, who died yesterday. Harvey was as terrific a person, as broadcaster.

  • Stephani Shelton: We will miss him. He was a name and voice I knew well before we became colleagues in the CBS family.

  • Peter Haskell: I knew Harvey from before my days at WCBS Newsradio 880 and he was a sweet, sweet man.

  • A smile from one who meant it

    The semi-annual meeting of the CBS "Board" took place in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 20, 2017, with an enthusiatic turnout. It was highlighted by the Board's Lifetime Award to retired ABC-TV executive Ed Silverman. HERE

  • For photos of the May 20 luncheon, a shot of the Board's new authors' table, video of Ed Silverman's speech, and the special Donald J. Trump issue of The New York Crimes click HERE

  • Photos from all recent luncheons HERE

  • Long suppressed by sinister forces at CBS and its accomplices within the federal government, this tell-all chronicle is posted in full on the Internet for the first time as a pdf file. Previously available only in a limited-print edition, it may now be read by all, despite the threat of physical violence and legal action by CBS.


    1960s-era photo of the WCBS traffic helicopter fleet, flown by Bob Richardson and a roting crew of pilots (who called themselves on the air Wilbur and Orville). Before All-News began in 1967. Read Rita Sands' illuminating history of the Newsradio88 traffic choppers and its pilots: HERE.
    Photo courtesy of John Landers.

    Frank R. Sterbenz labored behind the scenes for nineteen years at WCBS -- and was on the ground floor when this hallowed radio station switched to all-news in 1967. Sterbenz says he was the man who came up with the term "newsradio." His own words HERE

    Part memoir, part history, this is the incredible
    story of Newsradio 88's helicopter fleet and its pilots


    Former WCBS anchor Rita Sands gives us dozens of candid, behind the scenes Newsradio88 snapshots from her own collection dating back to the 70s and 80s. They're presented here in slideshow form:


    A collection of WCBS souvenirs, program schedules, artifacts, pictures, posters, old ads, memorabilia, hats, clothes, kitsch, and just plain junk.


    Mitch Lebe, budding announcer
    Joke! Joke!

    Dedicated to Newsradio 88's younger,
    musical sibling Go HERE


    Renamed WPHT as a far right-wing talk station, it fails the Tiffany test, and is an embarrassment to the once-great CBS image.



    Jerry Levin

    Opera News Sep. 1985
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    Fidelio is Beethoven's only opera, the story of a faithful wife who rescues her husband from a political prison. "Fidelio is my story," said Jerry Levin, ex-WCBS, in 1985 shortly after his miraculous escape from Muslim extremist hostage-takers in Lebanon. Almost an opera story, Jerry's wife, Sis, crisscrossed the Mideast seeking her husband's release. The drama was made into a TV movie, Held Hostage, with Marlo Thomas as Sis and David Dukes as Jerry.

    Jerry says he treasures an article about him in the September 1985 issue of Opera News titled "To Freedom," in which Jerry compares Sis to Beethoven's Leonore and himself to Florestan.

    After graduating from Northwestern, Jerry joined WCBS as a producer in 1967, where his hyperkinetic newsroom style involved wielding a ruler like a riding crop.

    Following stints in Birmingham and Houston, he went to CNN, where he became chief of the cable channel's Beirut Bureau, leading to his capture by Hezbollah gunmen.

    In captivity and in isolation for eleven months, Jerry played opera games in his mind while experiencing a spiritual reawakening.

    Sis Levin's book, Beirut Diary, describes Jerry's captivity and her efforts to gain his freedom.

    Currently, Jerry lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where he and his wife are involved in educational efforts to achieve peace through non-violence. And Jerry has not lost his love for opera. (--DS)

    Jerry's email:

    In 1993, WCBS launched its worst promotion campaign ever, something to do with slapping down competitor 1010-WINS with a flyswatter. Lost on listeners and the public alike, it did nothing to stop Newsradio 88's abysmal slide to its lowest ratings level since going all-news. click image to watch


    A WCBS staffer unearthed these short back-to-back TV commercials for Newsradio88 from the 1980s on YouTube. The first features Yankees manager Lou Piniella, the second actress Sally Struthers. Announcer's voice is Jim Donnelly. Runs thirty seconds. Click on image to play.

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    Famed author Norman Mailer appears on Ohio University's "Wired for Books," 1991, one of more than 700 unedited Don Swaim interviews with the greatest writers of the 70s, 80s 90s, and preserved by Ohio University, which organized and posted the archive on the Internet. In addition, all of the broadcast's actual two-minute features, some 3,000 of them, are available as mp3 files at Book Beat: The Podcast. The archive narrowly escaped extinction, but, thanks to Ohio University and Wired for Books, is reaching fans and scholars in a way the original broadcasts could not do. Cited by PC Magazine's "Best of the Internet" in November 2007.

    click image to hear Mailer interview



    Original Newsradio88 studios at 51 W. 52nd St.

    Black Rock, 51. W. 52nd St.

    A designated NYC landmark

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    Radio Verification Stamps
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  • Rita Sands
    Photo Album One
  • Philly's WCAU: RIP
  • Pictorial “History”
    of WCBS
  • WCBS "Art" Gallery
  • Behind Every Great Building...
    The CBS Ediface

  • WCBS's Dave Atherton reads Poe

  • Memories of WCBS
    Personal Recollections


    Pre-1967 WCBS logo

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