Alan Kalter, David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ announcer, dead at 78


Alan Kalter, the legendary on-air announcer with a melodramatic aptitude for twenty years of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” died Monday at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. He was 78.

The veteran hype man’s spouse Peggy Kalter confirmed his death to the Hollywood Reporter.

The bombastic, ginger-haired voice-over expertise had scores of A-list credit — however remained loyal to the gap-toothed Hoosier who made him one thing of a family identify for a number of many years.

“He’s a perfectionist,” the longtime “Late Show” announcer informed The Post earlier than Letterman’s iconic ultimate episode aired in 2015. “He keeps the people that are doing the job they were hired to do. He’s very complimentary when you do a good job.” 

Representatives for Letterman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from The Post.

Born Alan Robert Kalter in Brooklyn on (*78*) 21, 1943, he was a veteran behind-the-scenes expertise earlier than braving the cameras in September 1995 — a job he would fulfill for 20 years, till Letterman’s ultimate episode on May 20, 2015.

“I stayed away from the camera purposefully for 25 years because I didn’t want to be recognized,” Kalter informed The Post of his on-camera avoidance in 2006. “My very first day on the set, I was dressed to kill, and Dave had an Olympic diver on the show and he said, ‘Alan, do you swim?’ Without any time to think about it, he said, ‘Come on down,’ and I came from the side of the stage and he took me by the wrist outside to 53rd, and I marched up a ladder and dove off into a Nike pool.”

He ruined his go well with and electronics he had available, however he was apparently hooked.

“I’m doing the back-float looking up at the camera on the roof,” he recalled of the incident. “And I said to myself, ‘So this is what it’s like to announce for David Letterman.’ ”

Alan Kalter introduced for the “Late Show” for twenty years.
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The 1964 graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, New York, later attended legislation faculty at NYU and taught English and public talking in highschool on Long Island for a number of years earlier than starting his broadcasting career at the late, nice NYC radio station WHN.

Then got here the sport present circuit: Kalter was the announcer on traditional sport reveals “To Tell the Truth,” “The Money Maze” (taped at The Ed Sullivan Theater, his future place of employment on Broadway) and “The $25,000 Pyramid.” The latter gig is the place he met Letterman, who was a visitor superstar on the present. He additionally specialised in voiceovers for a whole bunch of nationwide commercials — together with the Michelin Man!

In lieu of flowers, Kalter requested that donations in his reminiscence be made to Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut.