2001-06-27 / Obituaries

Maurie Webster

Maurie Webster, 85, Veteran CBS radio executive, one-time executive director of the New York Market Radio Broadcasters Association (NYMRAD), and past president of the International Radio and Television Society, died June 20, 2001 at St. Lukes Hospital, Newburgh, N.Y., after suffering complications from a fall.

Born in Gibbon, Neb., in 1916, Webster at age 16 began his broadcasting career in 1932 as an announcer on KVI(AM) Tacoma, Wash. He joined KNX(AM) Los Angeles in 1937, shortly after it was bought by CBS. He was 21, and was featured in Broadcasting & Cable (then Broadcasting Magazine) as one of the three youngest network radio announcers in the country.

Maurie served his country during WW II teaching electronics at Harvard as communications officer, later reaching the rank as Captain. At the end of the war, he returned to CBS-owned KNX-am Radio in Los Angeles as one of the host announcers on various radio programs. During the late 40s he had several radio shows, the "Do It Yourself Show" and one of the earliest live Saturday TV shows, "Behind the Lens".

He was named GM of KCBS-AM-FM San Francisco in 1958 and, in 1961, became VP and general manager of CBS Spot Sales. He was named VP, division services, for CBS Radio in 1969, leaving in 1973 to join a computer billing-analysis firm, Compu/Net. He left that post in 1975 to start his own consulting company, then joined NYMRAD, where he served from 1976 to 1990.

Maurie founded the Center for Radio Information, a research firm, with son Scott and daughter Susan in New York City in 1977 and later moved the business to Cold Spring in 1990.

Maurie and his late wife Judy purchased the 19 Market Street property in the Village in 1986. He had been an active committee member of the Philipstown Republican Committee for many years.

Services were held last Monday,, June 25, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Rebentisch of Carmel, NY; son, Scott Webster of Cold Spring; and brother, Gene, of Studio City, Calif. Maurie had advanced glaucoma for many years and his eyes were donated to the New York Eyebank for research. If you would like to make a contribution on his behalf, you may send it to Glaucoma Research Foundation, 200 Pine Street, Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94104.

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