A New York City-born Mutual news commentator, Heatter’s first appearance for the network came in 1935, reporting on the events of the day for 15 minutes each night. During World War II, after the U.S. sank a Japanese destroyer, he came on the air reporting “ah, there’s good news tonight.” The line became a national catch-phrase and Heatter continued to use it the rest of his radio career.
For most of the latter years of his program, he was the major newscaster for Mutual. With his broadcasts delivered from his home in Freeport, Long Island, where one room was equipped as a radio studio, Heatter’s 15-minute nightly Mutual news program was carried by the network through 1961.
Gabriel Heatter died in 1972 at the age of 82.
1949 - 1957 WONN (News)