George Weber, who was best known as a radio newscaster, but was also an inveterate story-hunter in his beloved Carroll Gardens, was found fatally stabbed in his Henry Street apartment on Sunday afternoon.
Weber, whose voice was well known to listeners of WABC Radio for years as “the news guy” on the “Curtis and Kuby” morning show, was 47.
“I loved him,” Curtis Sliwa told The Brooklyn Paper, who knew Weber for 10 years. “George was a fixture at ABC. After our show, he became the national news guy for the network.”
Above all, Sliwa said, Weber “was obsessed with his adopted neighborhood, Carroll Gardens. You’d see him at Angry Wade and at all the restaurants. He loved Brooklyn.”
Police have little to go on — at least publicly.
According to cops, officers responded to Weber’s apartment at 561 Henry St. after co-workers had become alarmed when Weber had not shown up for work and was not answering his phone.
At the house, which is at First Place, cops discovered Weber “with a wound to his neck” and hands and feet bound by duct tape, the New York Post reported. He was dead at the scene. An autopsy is being performed.
No less a fan than Mayor Bloomberg issued a statement after hearing about the death.
“George was the kind of professional who could give you the news and his views without one getting in the way of the other, and he was an absolutely central part of my Friday WABC radio show with John Gambling and dozens of other programs,” the mayor said. “On or off the air, and especially during our commercial breaks, his views were incisive and insightful. He’ll be deeply missed by millions of radio listeners, including me, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”
Though heard by millions every week, Weber had turned his attention recently to the Internet, where he maintained a popular local Weblog, georgeweberthenewsguy.
On it, he regaled (if that’s the right word) readers with tales of his two bedbug infestations, a fire hydrant that’s hidden under an orange construction cone, a never-ending construction project at Smith and Douglass streets, and the joys of smoking (unless the pack costs $12.75, as it does at one Manhattan bodega).