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"Fidelio is my story," said Jerry Levin, ex-WCBS, in 1985 shortly after his miraculous escape from Muslim extremist hostage-takers in Lebanon.
There was no one else I would want writing or on the desk during a crisis.I've been around long enough (first day reporting at WBBM was February 10, 1969 under the guidance of Van Gordon Sauter) so I know, or have known of, many of the people on which you have reported over the years.Good memories of good times from the early days of all news to the present. Dick Helton Morning Show Host and Senior Political Correspondent KNX-CBS Radio, 1070 AM Fidelio is Beethoven's only opera, the story of a faithful wife who rescues her husband from a political prison.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.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.
I check in occasionally, but perhaps not often enough.
Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your website keeping track of the WCBS tradition.
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.
But what I remember more was his wry and subversive sense of humor.