Harry Fleetwood, the late-night host of two classical music radio programs in New York City, died on Jan. 18. Cause of death was not released. He was 86.
Fleetwood majored in education at Temple University in Philadelphia, and earned a master’s degree in Romance languages from the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he served with the United States Army in Europe, then remained in France after the war ended to attend the Sorbonne in Paris.
Back in the states, Fleetwood became a radio announcer. His early shows in Philadelphia and Camden, Pa., featured poetry, folk songs and interviews with interesting people, including opera diva, Maria Callas. He also did voice-overs and commercials on French and Belgian television.
In 1953, the deep-voiced, New Jersey-native applied for a commentator position in New York City. Out of more than 1,500 applicants, he was hired to host WNBC’s “Music Through the Night” program, which aired weeknights from 12 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Fleetwood stayed with the show for 22 years before switching to WNCN, where he hosted the evening classical music program until the late 1980s.