One of the most well known names in Los Angeles radio and former member of the K-EARTH 101 family, Charlie Tuna, has passed away at the age of 71.
Charlie’s family released the following statement on his official website:
It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that American disc jockey and radio personality, Charlie Tuna, passed away peacefully in his sleep February 19th, 2016. His was a life well-lived, and he will always be remembered for the joy, laughter, and love of music he brought to many throughout the world with his presence on the radio. All who knew him will sadly miss him. Memorial donations can be made to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. We ask that you respect his family’s privacy during their time of grief.
Charlie Tuna worked as morning drive radio personality for more stations and formats than anyone in Los Angeles radio history: Top 40, AC, Hot AC, Oldies, Talk, Sports Talk and Country.
In 1990, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Charlie by presenting him with a Star on the Walk of Fame.
In 1999, he was inducted into his home state Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
In1997, Los Angeles Radio People readers voted Charlie one of the Top 10 L.A. Radio Personalities of All Time.
In 2007 & again in 2013, Charlie was elected by his LARadio.com broadcast peers as one of the Top 10 Los Angeles Radio Personalities.
K-EARTH 101 Program Director Chris Ebbot said, “Charlie was a beloved member of the K-EARTH family for nearly 7 years. He will always be a part of this radio station and his memory will live on in the hearts of all who had the pleasure and honor of working with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this tough time.”
Memorial donations may be made in Charlie Tuna’s name to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Helping Hands Fund here.
Above is a special video tribute to our late friend and colleague, Charlie Tuna.
Our friends at CBSLA.com have more on the life of Charlie Tuna here.