Hubert left WABE full-time in 2015 when the station dropped classical music from its daily schedule, but continued to host the “Atlanta Music Scene” show on the digital channel until his death.
Tommy Joe Anderson, retired music teacher and producer for ‘Atlanta Music Scene,’ said he couldn’t reach Hubert last week and asked police to do a ‘wellness check’ at his home on Sunday. Anderson said that was 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, allowed him to pronounce any classic song title with ease. or artist with aplomb. “He rarely, rarely made a mistake,” he said.
Reitzes said he was a good candidate for the night slot. “He liked the privacy of talking to people when they weren’t at work, when they were more relaxed,” she said. “I remember he said he liked to program the night so he could play harder stuff. He called it music without borders.
And he was deeply passionate about opera, something he learned from his mother, Reitzes said. “I think for a rather shy person like him, the grand gestures of opera were very appealing. He loved drama. He loved the sounds of language and the music itself.
Hubert cared deeply about his work. “He was extremely demanding and regimented,” said John Lemley, a former WABE-FM classical music host from 1997 to 2015, who now hosts a show for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s classical station. “He scared me during my first few months at WABE. The last thing I wanted to do was run into him.
But after Lemley’s mother died in 1998, Hubert hugged Lemley and “it changed everything between us.” I learned very quickly that beneath his sometimes gruff exterior, there was a heart of gold and the warmest spirit. He also had a delightfully wicked sense of humor. He and I were great friends from then on.
Hubert never married and had no children.
Memorial arrangements are not yet public.