WCBS’ Fran Schneidau Dies at Age 79


Fran Schneidau began her radio career at WICC in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She began reporting at WCBS in New York in 1978 and worked for the station for 39 years. She was the Connecticut Bureau Chief for CBS Radio. Schneidau retired earlier this year and Gov. Dan Malloy declared Feb. 3 “Fran Schneidau Day” in Connecticut. This 2015 picture is with Malloy (Courtesy Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk).

WCBS 880 reported THIS STORY on Schneidau’s passing and what a great person she was.


  1. I grew up listening to Fran on the then Tribune-owned WICC-AM 600 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as this right around the time I began my own broadcasting career as a teen. She was a consummate professional and I wasn’t surprised at all to see her land at WCBS NewsRadio 880 with nearly four decades of service. Once you heard that a report was forthcoming from Fran you knew if was going to be a quality, fact-filled report.

    She will be remembered as the voice of Connecticut news for those of us in the tri-state area, especially for her time at WCBS 880. Equally sad news is the recent passing of another WCBS Radio alumni, Lou Adler.

    Condolences to their families and broadcast colleagues.


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