University of Michigan.
University of Michigan.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and Loyola Law School, Schubeck began his broadcasting career at Detroit, Michigan radio station WJR, working with station legend Justice of the Peace McCarthy. He then worked at WRCV radio and television (now KYW Newsradio 1060 and KYW-television, respectively) in Philadelphia and World's Greatest Newspaper-television in Chicago before joining WABC-television in New York City as an anchor of its early evening newscast in 1967, one year before Eyewitness News was launched. While at Channel 7, he also did newscasts for the American Contemporary Radio Network.
His run as anchor ended in 1969, and for the remainder of his stay with WABC which lasted until 1971, he was the station"s theatre critic.
In 1972 Schubeck moved to KABC-television in Los Angeles as an anchor, and in 1974 joined National Broadcasting Company, LA, California, where he remained until 1983. There he was part of a news team which, in the late 1970s, also included co-anchors Tritia Toyota and Kelly Lange, sportscaster Stu Nahan and weatherman Pat Sajak (who would go on to host Wheel of Fortune beginning in 1981).
Schubeck made it a point, at the opening of each newscast, to acknowledge whichever announcer was on duty at the time (during his run as anchor at the station, National Broadcasting Company, LA, California"s announcing staff included Donald Rickles, not to be confused with the insult comic of the same name. Peggy Taylor, who had been the resident singer on The Stan Freberg Show in 1957.
Don Stanley; and Victor Bozeman), all of whom have since passed on.
He also was an anchor of the prime-time National Broadcasting Company News Updates for airing in the Pacific Time Zone for much of his stay at channel 4. After leaving National Broadcasting Company, LA, California, Schubeck joined KNXT (now KCBS-television) where he remained until 1988. Among several of his last broadcast jobs included hosting a radio show on KIEV (870 Department of Administration and Management) in 1993 and a brief anchoring stint at KMIR-television in Palm Springs in 1995.
During his college years in Ann Arbor, he was heard on WUOM and as a half-time voice of the Wolverine football games.
As an Evans Scholar, he became the top ranked amateur golfer in the country, eventually participating in many pro am and celebrity golf tournaments. As would later be related by Peter Baronet, towards the end of one of the 11 p.m. newscasts Schubeck anchored one night, a story he had read only ten minutes earlier was displayed again on the teleprompter.
Faced with either repeating the story or doing an ad lib, Schubeck instead just sat motionless and silent, waiting for the correct story to come up, and remained that way until the newscast ended. Schubeck was featured in an episode of the short-lived 1973 television series version of Adam"s Rib, and appeared as a newscaster in the 1981 movie Buddy Buddy.
Schubeck was one of the earliest millionaire local television news anchors.
He generated around $1 million a year during his stints. However, through his life he had battled alcoholism. Schubeck lost his life to kidney and liver failure, when aged 61.
Friends say that the stress of covering news events, often involving calamity, contributed to his alcoholism, his career setbacks, and untimely death.
He died in relative obscurity although an obituary appeared in The New York Times.