He was 87 years old and had been suffering from lingering health issues. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning surrounded by family.
Hauptman was a news writer at WCBS in the early 1960s before becoming one of the original news staffers when the station made the switch to its all-news format in August of 1967.
For years, he was the silk-voiced news anchor who wrote flawless news copy and delivered it on air like no other. He was also universally loved.
“In a newsroom full of barbs and sarcasm, Harvey was a zen presence who was loved and respected by virtually everyone,” current WCBS morning anchor Wayne Cabot says. “He was a part of New York and a familiar voice of my youth.”
“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 he had a lightness of spirit, a quick wit and a radiant warmth,” longtime WCBS reporter Rich Lamb adds. “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 calls Hauptman “a quality person and outstanding broadcaster.”
Former reporters Jane Tillman Irving and Fred Fishkin both remember him as a gentleman whose conversational style on air was a “pleasure to listen to.”