Charles Osgood, the affable radio and television commentator who hosted the programs CBS Sunday Morning For more than two decades, he died Tuesday. He was 91 years old.
Osgood, who has also been heard on radio for over 50 years with CBS. Osgood fileHe died at his home in New Jersey due to dementia, the network announced.
The lowly Bronx native took over the CBS Sunday show from Charles Corallet in 1994 and retired in September 2016 as the longest-serving host. After handing over the reins to Jane PollyContinue broadcasting Osgood file and contributing stories to CBS News.
In December 2017, Osgood and Westwood One announced a retention extension Osgood file He went, but changed course after just 15 days.
“Although I was very much looking forward to continuing, my health and doctors will not allow it now. So I will be retiring from Osgood file And radio at the end of the year with great appreciation for all the success we have achieved together. “Wishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and the best of everything in 2018.”
The Peabody Award winner was also known for sporting bow ties on camera and his signature, “Until then, I’ll see you on the radio,” at the end of each Sunday show. What also made Osgood likable was his eloquent delivery, which often included poetry. When a magazine writer suggested that men who wore ties could not be trusted, Osgood responded with this strange response:
“For those who desire to be honored and trusted,
I say a tie doesn’t hurt.
It’s not your tie that most people will look at –
“It’s the big soup stain on your shirt.”
For the first time in 1967, Osgood file It airs four times daily Monday through Friday on the CBS Radio Network. Each segment would only last three minutes, yet that was more than enough time for Osgood to offer his perspective on an unusual person or story. His prose was so engaging that he was named “Poet in Residence” on CBS Radio. His voice is very lyrical, and was used to narrate the 2008 animated film Horton Hears a Who!
As he was about to join CBS Morning News Sunday In 1994, Osgood explained his radio style to… New York times. “Sometimes, if you take a traditional story and rhyme, you can turn it into something special and write it down over two and a half minutes. Of course, the story has to be funny. Or poignant. Sometimes you get lucky, and it turns out to be both.”
Osgood has successfully transferred this approach to television, where he has entertained viewers for more than 22 years.
“Watching him in action was a masterclass in communication,” Pauley said Tuesday in a statement. “I keep thinking to myself: ‘How would Charlie say that?'”, trying to capture the imaginary warmth and intelligence in his voice and deliver it. I expect I’ll keep trying.
“He was one of the best broadcast designers and one of the last. His style was very natural and unaffected, which showed his authenticity. He connected with people. Watching him on tv, or hearing him on the radio, as I did for years, was like feeling like you knew him, and he He knows you. He brought a unique sensibility, curiosity and his trademark whimsy to Sunday Morning, and he’s still going strong.
Charles Osgood Wood III was born on January 8, 1933, and attended Fordham University early 1950s He found himself drawn to the college radio station. When he wasn’t spinning records during his show, Osgood was playing the piano. He was also a friend of colleagues including Alan Alda and Jack Haley Jr.
“They were infectious, and we had a lot of fun,” Osgood said during his speech. The New York Times interview. “There were times, of course, when we spent more time at the station than in the classroom, but we were able to graduate anyway.”
After leaving Fordham in 1954, Osgood saw an opportunity that led him to the Army. While meeting with a friend at a radio station, he was introduced to a US Army band announcer and learned that he was nearing the end of his mission. Osgood tracked down the soldier’s commanding officer and recruited him. From 1955 to 1958, while stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia, Osgood toured as the band’s manager. During his visits to Washington, he worked as a broadcaster on a radio station WGMS.
He was there when President Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack, and the station turned to Osgood to create a radio broadcast that was broadcast exclusively to Ike’s hospital room. “I kept it light, because it’s not every day you have a captive presidential audience,” he recalls.
During his tour with the Army Band, Osgood collaborated with his roommate, John KakavasTo write songs. (Kakavas He will continue to record tv shows such as Kojak And hawaii five-0.) A recording of “Gallant Men” was a hit in 1967, with then-Sen. Everett Dirksen Illinois novel. It won a Grammy Award for best Spoken Recording and was heard on the soundtrack of Easy Rider (1969).
As Osgood said Los Angeles Times In 1991: “Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda are riding their Easy Rider bikes into town, and there’s a parade going down the street. They kind of crash the show and get arrested. The band is playing ‘Galant Men.’ That’s how it works every time.” Easy Rider play in Europe, get 4 cents.
After his tour of duty ended in 1957, Osgood joined WGMS He became a full-time broadcaster under the name Charles Wood and was promoted to program director the following year. One of his most famous projects was the 1960s Franklin Roosevelt speaksa six-album collection of 33 speeches given by President Franklin Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945. Osgood provided introductions and commentary.
Osgood got his first taste of television in 1962 when… RKO General, the parent company of WGMSmoved him to Hartford, Connecticut, and named him general manager WHCT. One of the first pay tv subscription services, complete with a set-top Box, WHCT It was a financial failure. Thus, at the age of 30, Osgood was unemployed.
Osgood contacted Frank Maguire, a former Fordham colleague in charge of program development at ABC in New York. In 1963, he signed on to work as a writer and co-host for ABC Radio Taste reports – A five-minute series of human interest stories. (One reporter there was a future Night line Host Ted Koppel.) Here Osgood changed his professional name to avoid confusion with Charles Woods, an announcer at the station.
Osgood moved to CBS Radio in 1967. In the midst of the shift to an all-news format, the network selected him to anchor its inaugural morning drive-time segment.
Osgood was also a mainstay in the CBS television news division. At one point, he served as a reporter or anchor for all of the network’s major newscasts, including… CBS Evening News with Dan Rather And the CBS Morning News. From 1981 to 1987, he anchored CBS Sunday Night News.
His gentle manner has given way to a slow-paced Sunday morning program.
After opening with the day’s breaking news and national weather, Osgood would ease into general interest stories about music, architecture, politics, ballet, and popular culture. For example, the September 18, 2016 edition (before his final appearance a week later, which was devoted to an Osgood retrospective) included a story about Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary; A piece explaining the science of fortune; A tribute to playwright Edward Albee; Peek into art galleries in the country’s museums; And a makeup artist profile curly Johnson, whose 70-year career at CBS included preparing the Beatles for their concert The Ed Sullivan Show She debuted in 1964 and created correspondents and guests 60 minutes. (She was also Osgood’s longtime makeup artist.)
With Osgood front and center, CBS Morning News Sunday He won twice during the day Amy A distinguished morning program, three news and a documentary Amy. The show was honored with a Peabody Award in 1997. Osgood himself won a Peabody Award in 1986 as the narrator/writer for the CBS Radio show. Newmark: Where in the world are we? The previous year, a CBS News segment titled “The Number Man: Bach at Three Hundred” was also honored with a Peabody Award.
The tie he wore on his last show as host of the Sunday program was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
For several decades, Osgood also wrote a biweekly syndicated newspaper column for Tribune Media Services. In 1956 he wrote One voteIt is a play in three acts, and he wrote seven books of it Nothing could be better than a little crunch in the morning (1979), Osgood Files (1991), See you on the radio (1999) and Defend Baltimore against enemy attack (2011).
Survivors include his second wife, Jean (married 50 years); their children, Kathleen, Winston, Annie, Emily and Jimmy; sister Mary Ann. And his brother, Ken.
“Charlie absolutely loved being part of the ‘Sunday Morning’ community,” his family said in a statement. “We will miss him terribly, but there is comfort in knowing that his life was a magical one, thanks in large part to you. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for welcoming him into your homes on Sundays to share stories and highlight the best aspects of humanity. He will see you on the radio.” ”