“There is never a good time to leave but there is a right time.”
For Harvey Nagler, a 50-year veteran who has served as VP/Radio for CBS News since 1998, that time is officially Jan. 6, 2017.
Nagler confirmed his semi-retirement in a memo to staffers distributed Monday morning, expressing his confidence that he is leaving CBS Radio News in “the most capable of hands.”
“I am not stopping work completely, but [I am] going to slow down by doing some consulting work,” he said, adding that “this has been a hard decision” and that he leaves with a great sense of accomplishment.
“Over the last ten years you have won more than 50 Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Overall Excellence seven years in a row, a record that is not likely to be replicated,” he said. “You and I have truly been a witness to – and have reported – the first drafts of history … As the industry continues to evolve I am proud that we have been able to change with it while maintaining the finest traditions of CBS News and the highest standards of journalism.”
Nagler will be exiting his position some 19 years after rising to the role after a year as GM of CBS Radio News.
Prior to joining CBS’s corporate ranks, Nagler was director of News and Programming for WCBS-AM 880 in New York.
He joined WCBS-AM from the United Stations Radio Networks, where he had been VP of News and Sports and, before that, Director of News Operations, when it was the RKO Radio Networks.
Nagler began his career in 1966 as a reporter for WCTC-AM in New Brunswick, N.J.