Cleveland radio legend Chuck Collier dies

8:16 PM, Sep 22, 2011   |    comments
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To say that Chuck Collier was blessed is an understatement.

Raised in the farmlands of Southern Ohio, he always knew he wanted to be in radio and a lucky break put him there.

Chuck Collier was a Cleveland superstar. Even with all his success and longevity in the business, he remained humble and true to his real country roots.

Watch the video of WKYC's Robin Swoboda with Collier's last Channel 3 interview in May.

Collier, afternoon host and music director at 99.5 WGAR, died Thursday from a massive heart attack. Chuck was 65.

Collier, who was also midday host on Majic 105.7, had been a fixture on WGAR for 40 years, starting when the station was still on the AM dial, and playing adult contemporary music.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame. Chuck was inducted into the Ohio Radio-TV Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007, he was honored with the National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Award as Large Market Radio Personality of the Year.

WGAR posted the following on their Facebook page Thursday night:

On Thursday, September 22, we lost a beloved member of the WGAR family, as Chuck Collier passed away unexpectedly. He was an Ohio boy, whose broadcasting career on the Cleveland airwaves spanned more than 3 decades. He loved radio and he loved Cleveland...and Cleveland, along all of us here at WGAR and Clear Channel Cleveland, truly loved him. Anyone who ever listened to or met Chuck knew instantly the kind and caring human being he was. To his wife, his children and entire Collier family ...our sincere condolences, along with our gratitude for sharing Chuck with us. Rest in peace in peace

Collier was born in Greenfield, Ohio, and raised in nearby New Vienna. After graduating from New Kenton High school, he went to the University of Cincinnati.

His first radio job was in 1963 at WSRW in Hillsboro, Ohio. After college, he went on to WMWM in Wilmington, Ohio; WONE in Dayton; WSAI in Cincinnati; and WCBS in New York before joining WGAR in the 70s.

He is survived by his wife, Joni, daughter Melanie and son Jason. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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