Longtime New York radio newsman George Weber was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment Sunday morning, cops said.
Weber, who spent a decade doing the news on WABC morning radio before being laid off last year, was found just after 9 a.m.
"I used to hear his voice in the top and the bottom of the hour. It's a voice New Yorkers know. Now that voice has been silenced," said Aaron Katersky, 33, an ABC colleague who found himself covering a friend's murder.
Weber, 47, didn't show up for work Saturday or Sunday, so his bosses called the cops.
Police believe he died Friday evening.
He was found in his bed with several stab wounds in his neck and upper torso, cops said.
There was no sign of forced entry to his first-floor brownstone apartment on Henry St. in Carroll Gardens.
The front door was locked, but a back door was unlocked. The apartment had been ransacked, though it was not clear what, if anything, was taken.
The murder weapon was not recovered.
Weber would have celebrated his 48th birthday Monday.
Curtis Sliwa, who did a 5 a.m. "pre-show" with Weber for eight years at WABC before the regular "Curtis & Kuby" morning show, called his death "a tremendous loss."
"News ran through his veins and arteries 24 hours a day," Sliwa said.
"He wasn't a rip-and-read newsman. He wanted to be there," he said. "And you know what his trick was? He'd pack up his dog, Noodles, a dachshund, and walk him there. People would see the dog, they'd pet the dog, they'd get a level of comfort with him. And then he could get them to talk."
Noodles died a few years ago.
Calling himself "the news guy," Weber maintained a lively blog. His last entry, a rant about his battles with bedbugs, was posted Friday.
He made his daily visit to his regular bar, the Blarney Rock on W, 33rd St., as usual on Friday afternoon.
"He seemed fine," said the waitress who saw him.
Patrons and staff at the bar, where Weber was such a fixture that his picture hangs on the wall, were stunned to hear of his murder.
"He was like family here," said weekend manager James Donovan. "George Web, dead? I can't believe it. He was one of the sweetest guys I've ever met."
Waitress Andrea Tierney was baffled. "He didn't have any enemies. None at all," she said. "Who could want to kill him?"
ABC News Radio General Manager Steve Jones called Weber "a consummate journalist" and said the network was "shocked and deeply saddened by the death."
"An investigation has been launched by NYPD and we have been assisting them," he said. "Our condolences and prayers go out to George's family and friends at this very difficult time."
Weber, a Pennyslvania native, worked his way up in the radio business, paying his dues at KIMN, KOA and KTLK in Denver, KMPC and KABC in Los Angeles, KGO in San Francisco and KOGO in San Diego.
He was laid off from WABC in February 2008 along with veteran John Gambling and had been working as a freelance news anchor at ABC News Radio.
At WABC, Weber covered the 2001 falling of the Twin Towers from the scene.
"He worked all over the country, but when he got to Brooklyn, he adopted it. He knew more about Brooklyn than the natives," Sliwa said.
"I'd go to parties at his house and he'd have all kinds of people there - artists, longshoremen, media people, everybody. You'd hang around for hours and never run out of people to meet. Everybody loved George because he really listened to them."