HARVEY HAUPTMAN TRIBUTES
The retired WCBS anchor died at the age of 87 on August 2, 2017
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