Lloyd “Hap” Glaudi – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Jesuit High School/Loyola University/New Orleans Item/WWL-TV
Lloyd “Hap” Glaudi was known as the “Dean of New Orleans Sportscasters” as the lead sportscaster for WWL-TV (the New Orleans CBS affiliate) from 1964-78.
A New Orleans native, Glaudi attended Jesuit High School. Legend has it that he financed his private school tuition with winnings from the Fair Grounds Race Track. Whether that story is true or not, horse racing was always a favorite of Glaudi.
After graduation from Loyola University, Glaudi wrote for the New Orleans Item for 25 years, primarily as a high school sports feature writer. He also became the newspaper’s sports editor.
With the rise of broadcast television in the 1960s, WWL-TV hired the popular Glaudi as its sports anchor in 1964. The station would remain at the top of the ratings for the duration of his tenure.
Glaudi also hosted a popular New Orleans Saints post-game radio show on WWL (AM) Radio. The call-in show, named “Hap’s Fifth Quarter” and then “Hap’s Point After,” gave Glaudi national exposure as the 50,000-weatt clear-channel station reached much of the United States.
Glaudi died on December 29, 1989 at the age of 77. He was also inducted into the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
“Many pegged Hap’s style as not having any,” said the WWL-TV memorial for Glaudi on December 29, 1989. “Different, colorful, sometimes crazy, were words even those who loved him often used to describe him. Many knew him as the most respected and professional commentator they’d ever seen.”
See the full memorial below: