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David Letterman’s longtime announcer Alan Kalter has died at 78 in Connecticut

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‘A very sad day, but many great memories’: David Letterman’s announcer Alan Kalter has died aged 78 in Connecticut … worked with icon on CBS show for 20 years

  • He died at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut
  • His cause of death has not been disclosed
  • Late night legend says it’s ‘a very sad day but lots of good memories’
  • He added: ‘We always had the best announcer on television’
  • Kalter worked on the Late Show from 1995 through 2015










Alan Kalter, David Letterman’s longtime announcer who worked on The Late Show from 1995 to 2015, died Monday at the age of 78.

Kalter’s wife Peggy confirmed that… The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that Kalter died at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. His cause of death has not been disclosed.

Kalter had worked with Letterman, 74, after Bill Wendell’s retirement in September 1995, when Letterman was in his sophomore year at CBS, and stayed until Letterman’s final on May 20, 2015.

The latest: Alan Kalter, David Letterman’s longtime announcer who worked on the Late Show from 1995 to 2015, died Monday at the age of 78. He was caught in NYC in 2014

Letterman issued a statement in memory of his longtime announcer: “When our 15-year-old announcer Bill Wendell retired, producer Robert Morton came to my office with a tape of auditions for various announcers. Alan’s voice was the first and only voice we listened to. We knew he would be our choice.

He continued: ‘Anyway, we always had the best announcer on television. Beautiful voice and eagerness to play a goofy character of his own. Did I mention he could sing? Yes, he could. He did it all enthusiastically.

“A very sad day, but many beautiful memories.”

Kalter, who has worked with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, has also appeared in parts such as Alan Kalter’s Celebrity Interview. Letterman threw Kalter into a swimming pool in his debut on the CBS comedy talk show.

Kalter was a mainstay on Letterman's show until its May 20, 2015 finale (pictured)

Kalter was a mainstay on Letterman’s show until its May 20, 2015 finale (pictured)

Kalter's wife Peggy confirmed Monday that Kalter has died at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.  The couple was caught in June 2015

Kalter’s wife Peggy confirmed Monday that Kalter has died at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. The couple was caught in June 2015

Kalter, who has collaborated with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, has also appeared in parts such as Alan Kalter's Celebrity Interview

Kalter, who has collaborated with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, has also appeared in parts such as Alan Kalter’s Celebrity Interview

Speak with CBS New York two days before Letterman’s last broadcast in May 2015, Kalter said of the show, “I’ve had such an amazing 20 years, every day has been a blessing.”

The Brooklyn-born entertainer talked about the happy time he had while recording the show over the course of two decades.

“Every one of us goes through a terrible time sometimes, for 3 hours or for 4 hours,” he said. “But whatever my day looks like, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., I laugh, I laugh, every day.”

Kalter told The NY Post in 2015 of working with Letterman, “He’s a perfectionist…he loves the people doing the work they were hired to do.” He’s very complimentary when you do it right.’

Kalter had also worked as an announcer on the game shows To Tell the Truth and The Money Maze, as well as for the USA Network

Kalter had also worked as an announcer on the game shows To Tell the Truth and The Money Maze, as well as for the USA Network

Long-term talent: Kalter crossed paths with Letterman while working on the game show The $25,000 Pyramid

Long-term talent: Kalter crossed paths with Letterman while working on the game show The $25,000 Pyramid

Comedy Icon: Letterman was captured at an event in NYC last month;  he said of Kalter's passing: 'A very sad day, but many good memories'

Comedy Icon: Letterman was captured at an event in NYC last month; he said of Kalter’s passing: ‘A very sad day, but many good memories’

The announcer was a teacher in Long Island, New York before switching to broadcasting.

Kalter crossed paths with Letterman while working on the game show The $25,000 Pyramid.

He had also worked as an announcer for the game shows To Tell the Truth and The Money Maze, as well as for the USA Network.

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