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George Weber
Born March 23, 1961(1961-03-23)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died March 20, 2009 (aged 47)
Brooklyn, New York
Website http://www.georgeweber.net

George Weber (March 23, 1961[1] – March 20, 2009) was an American radio personality on the ABC Radio Network doing hourly news updates. For several years he was on the WABC 77 morning show, with Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby in New York City. He did periodic news updates throughout the morning, as well as joining in conversation with the hosts about those news stories. He was murdered in his home on March 20, 2009, at the age of 47.

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Career

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Weber's first radio gig was at WBUX (AM) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He then went on to WAEB in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he worked for two and a half years as a reporter and news anchor. After contacting Phil Boyce, then News Director at Denver station KIMN, he was offered a job as a street reporter and anchor with that station. Two and a half years later-after KIMN's demise-Weber was hired at cross-town rival KOA, where he began a new career as the host of a night-time talk show.

Some other important stops on his way to a full-time job with WABC were KGO, KOGO, KTLK, and KMPC.[2] As a former tobacco user, he has been featured in radio advertisements for KickTheHabitNow.com.

Weber was let go by WABC at the same time as John R. Gambling in February 2008. Financial problems at ABC, coupled with the fact that ABC's new morning show Imus in the Morning had its own newsman, Charles McCord, led to his dismissal.[3] In April 2008, Weber obtained a new assignment doing news updates for the ABC Radio Network.

Hey it's George Weber, the news guy. For more than a decade, I've been on the airwaves in New York city radio, most of that time at 77 WABC. Currently, I'm a radio anchor at ABC NEWS. I started in broadcasting at the tender young age of 16 at tiny WBUX in Doylestown, Pennyslvania. For the next 25 years, I hopscotched the country working at great radio stations like KIMN, KOA and KTLK in Denver, KMPC and KABC in Los Angeles, KGO in San Francisco and KOGO in San Diego. Depending on the day and the year, I was either doing talk radio or news. I love them both.

George Weber, Personal Blog[4]

Personal life

A number of Weber's stories and investigations were based around experiences in his private life. He often reported about his neighborhood in New York and his two dogs featured in some of his stories. The last story on his website was published on the same day he died, March 20, 2009, and described an outbreak of bed bugs around his Carroll Gardens neighborhood.[2][5]

Extract from letter to dog Noodles after death of his other dog Romer:
Don't bite me, Noodles, if I hug you a little more these days or if I squeeze you too tight. That's how humans show how much we love each other and comfort each other in times of grief. And someday when you get old and frail, like Romer, I promise I will be by your side in the autumn of your life. You won't be as playful or agile but you will be wiser in your elder years. You'll be able to reflect on all the things you learned, all the friends you made and most of all, little buddy, you will continue to be my best friend well after you take your last nap. I Love You. Daddy.

George Weber, Official website[2]

Death

On March 20, 2009, George Weber was killed in his Brooklyn apartment. His work colleagues became concerned when he didn't attend work for two days, so in the early morning of March 22, police were dispatched to Weber's apartment. However, they noticed nothing amiss and left. [6]

Returning several hours later, police entered the apartment and discovered Weber's body, with his hands and feet bound. Weber had been stabbed more than 50 times in the neck, chest and arms, and his apartment had been ransacked. [1] [7] Authorities said there was no sign of forced entry at Weber's Carroll Gardens house. [8]

The chief suspect in the case, 16-year-old John Katehis, was lured to a rendezvous with detectives by his father, who promised to give him $USD300; he was arrested without incident. [9]

Katehis, who was self-described on his Myspace and You Tube pages as a Satanist, allegedly told police that he and Weber had met through a personal ad Weber had posted on Craigslist. [10][11] This led to the media referring to the accused Katehis as a Craigslist killer.[12]

Katehis's lawyer stated that he will show that although the pair originally met through Craigslist, there was an ongoing relationship between Weber and Katehis.[13] Katehis is accused of stabbing WABC reporter George Weber 50 times in the neck and body. The teen has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Schram, Jamie; Rosario, Frank; Celona, Larry (2009-03-22). "George Weber Killed". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03222009/news/regionalnews/brooklyn/george_weber_slain_160819.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-22.  
  2. ^ a b c George, Weber. "George Weber - the news guy". www.georgeweber.net. http://www.georgeweber.net. Retrieved 2009-04-16.  
  3. ^ "WABC Fires John Gambling". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2008/02/29/2008-02-29_wabc_fires_john_gambling_brings_in_sliwa.html.  
  4. ^ Weber, George (2008-03-01). "George Weber....The news guy". George Weber. http://georgeweberthenewsguy.blogspot.com/. Retrieved 2009-04-16.  
  5. ^ Richard Pyle (2009-03-27). "Slain newsman's blog a window into Brooklyn life". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=thejournalnews&sParam=30436109.story. "Subjects often came from the day's news or other postings on the Internet. Some were commentaries on life in Carroll Gardens, a neighborhood of 19th century brownstone row houses once known for its Mafia connections and now an upscale area where some people know each other only by their dogs' names ... As one who earned his living speaking proper English, Weber was offended by messages on Craigslist and other Web sites written in youth argot he called "ghetto speak." Among examples he cited said on Feb. 1, the "most outlandish" was "a little ditty from a gay kid trying to find another guy to have sex with.""  
  6. ^ Gendar, Alison; Jonathan Lemire (March 24th 2009). "George Weber's killer left blood at WABC newsman's home, police say". NY Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/03/23/2009-03-23_george_webers_killer_left_blood_at_wabc_.html. Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  7. ^ wcbstv; Hazel Sanchez (March 26, 2009). "Queens Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Weber Murder". wcbstv (CBS Broadcasting Inc.). http://wcbstv.com/local/john.katehis.george.2.968347.html. Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  8. ^ "WABC radio newsman George Weber found stabbed to death at home". NY Daily News (NYDailyNews.com). March 23rd 2009. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/03/22/2009-03-22_wabc_radio_newsman_george_weber_found_st-2.html. Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  9. ^ Josh Saul, Julia Dahl (2009-03-28). "Alleged George Weber Killer Demands Cash For Interview". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03282009/news/regionalnews/alleged_george_weber_killer_demands_cash_161771.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-12.  
  10. ^ Jeffry Scott (2009-04-04). "Craigslist Ads Linked To Crimes Against Potential Dekalb Buyers". The Atlanta Journal. p. 6B. http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/stories/2009/04/04/craigslist0404.html?cxtype=ybuzz.  
  11. ^ Billy Parker (2009-03-25). "Teen Murderer of Radio Newsman Has Haunting Web Trail". Gothamist. http://gothamist.com/2009/03/25/teen_murderer_of_radio_newsman_left.php. "Katehlis has also left extensive material behind on both MySpace and YouTube: In his MySpace profile, he says, "I'm a big risk taker and like to live life on the edge. I am an Extremist, an Anarchist,and a Sadomasochist. As long as you show respect for me i [sic] will show respect for you, if you disrespect me, then i [sic] will f***ing break your neck." He also has photo sets with his knives and swords, posts a fair share of satanic material."  
  12. ^ "Alleged Craigslist Killer: 'Cash for Story'". The Advocate. March 30, 2009. http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid76839.asp. Retrieved Tuesday, April 21, 2009. "March 30, 2009: The Advocate refers to John Katehis as "Craigslist Killer.""  
  13. ^ "Confessed Teen Slayer Pleads Not Guilty", Associated Press via New York Post (March 26, 2009)
  14. ^ Tanyanika Samuels (2009-03-29). "Newsman's Slay Suspect Goes Bonkers". Daily News.  

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