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Prominent Princeton Broadcaster Herbert W. Hobler, 96, Was Bronxville Native, Stamford Raised

Broadcaster and Princeton Tiger forever, Herbert W. Hobler, 96, has died. Photo Credit: Contributed
Herbert W. Hobler founded the Nassau Broadcasting Company in 1963. Photo Credit: Contributed

Herbert W. Hobler, age 96, died on Aug. 10 at the Stonebridge Retirement Community in Skillman, NJ. 

Born in St. Louis, and the son of Atherton W. and Ruth W. Hobler, he grew up in Bronxville, attending kindergarten through the 7th grade with Mary Fitz Randolph whom he later married in March of 1944. 

A graduate of the Hill School, he was in the class of 1944 at Princeton and during World War II he served as a B-29 navigator flying missions over Japan. 

Herbert W. Hobler in 1944. He served as navigator on bombing missions over Japan.


The Hobler family moved from Bronxville to Stamford and then in 1941 to Princeton, NJ, where Herb resided for the rest of his life. 

His long-time broadcast career started in New York City at Mutual Broadcasting, the NBC-TV network, CBS-TV, Teleprompter Corporation and Videotape Productions of New York. In 1963, he founded the Nassau Broadcasting Company and the radio station WHWH in Princeton, which he sold in 1988. 

For over 70 years, Herb was a tireless volunteer for the community of Princeton, Princeton University and the Air Force’s 9th Bomb Group Reunions.

He is survived by his children: Randolph of Norwalk, Debbie of Santa Barbara, CA, Nancy of Germantown, MD, and Mary Hyson of Cheshire, CT. His wife of 73 years, Mary “Randy” Hobler died in 2017. Donations in his memory may be made to the Princeton Area Community Fund.

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