Hubert left WABE full time in 2015 when the station dropped classical music from its daily schedule, but continued to host “Atlanta Music Scene” show on the digital channel until he died.
Tommy Joe Anderson, a retired music professor and producer for “Atlanta Music Scene,” said he couldn’t reach Hubert over the past week and requested the police do a “wellness check” at his home on Sunday. Anderson said that is when authorities found Hubert dead. He did not know what the cause of death was.
Anderson said Hubert was impeccable, and his love of languages, including fluency in Italian, French, Spanish and German, made it easy for him to pronounce any classical song title or artist with aplomb. “He rarely, rarely ever made a mistake,” he said.
Reitzes said he was a good fit for the nighttime slot. “He enjoyed the intimacy of speaking to people when they weren’t at work, when they were more relaxed,” she said. “I remember him saying he liked programming at night so he could play things that were more challenging. He called it music without boundaries.”
And he was deeply passionate about opera, something he picked up from his mother, Reitzes said. “I think for a rather shy person like himself, the grand gestures in opera were very appealing. He loved the drama. He loved the sounds of the language and the music itself.”
Hubert cared deeply about his work. “He was extremely exacting and regimented,” said John Lemley, a former WABE-FM classical music host from 1997 to 2015 who is now hosting a show for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s classical station. “He scared me silly for my first several months at WABE. The last thing I wanted to do was cross him.”
But after Lemley’s mother died in 1998, Hubert gave Lemley a deep hug and “that changed everything between us. I very quickly learned that, beneath his sometimes gruff exterior was a heart of gold and the warmest of spirits. He also had a deliciously wicked sense of humor. He and I were great friends from that point forward.”
Hubert never married and had no children.
There are no plans for a public memorial service.