CBS News Icon, Charles Osgood, Passes Away at 91
Charles Osgood, the funny CBS News guy who led “CBS Sunday Morning” for over 20 years, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91. He had been dealing with dementia for some time, as reported by CBS News.
Similarly, CBS News reported that Osgood passed away at his home in New Jersey, and his family said it was because of dementia.
Meanwhile, Charles also had a long-lasting radio show called “The Osgood File” from 1971 to 2017. It aired four times every weekday morning on different stations across the U.S.
In the show, he talked about news events, and sometimes, he’d share rhyming thoughts on the latest headlines. When saying goodbye to listeners, he’d often say, “I’ll see you on the radio.”
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To add more, the late TV presenter was a talented writer, poet, and author. He worked at CBS News for a long time – 45 years – before retiring in 2016.
In 1967, Osgood started working as a news anchor and reporter for WCBS NewsRadio 88 in New York. He anchored the first-morning drive shift when the station switched to all news. Later, he joined CBS News and created the “Osgood File” for radio.
At CBS News, the media star interviewed famous people like Keith Haring, Julia Child, Andrew Wyeth, Sting, and Louise Nevelson. But he didn’t just stick to the newsroom; he did interesting things outside it too. He was the narrator for the animated film “Horton Hears a Who,” based on Dr. Seuss‘ popular children’s book.
What’s more, the also wrote books like “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House” and “Osgood on Speaking: How to Think on Your Feet without Falling on Your Face.”
Similarly, the Universe alum is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Crafton; five children (Kathleen Wood Griffis, Kenneth Winston Wood, Anne-E Wood, Emily J. Wood, and Jamie Wood); a sister, Mary Ann; and a brother, Ken.
His first marriage to Theresa Audette ended in separation after 16 years. Similarly, Nicole Glor is the wife of Jeff Glor, a CBS Evening News co-anchor.
Besides, Jane Pauley took over from Osgood as the host of CBS Sunday Morning. She shared how much he influenced her over the years, saying,
“Watching him at work was a masterclass in communicating. I’ll still think to myself, ‘How would Charlie say it?’, trying to capture the elusive warmth and intelligence of his voice and delivery,” Pauley stated. “I expect I’ll go on trying.
Also, Pauley called him one of the best broadcast stylists and highlighted his unique style that made people feel connected.
To add more, CBS News is planning to air a 90-minute show to honor Osgood’s life and career on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.
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