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Broadcasting icon Charles Osgood dies at 91

Veteran broadcaster and poet Charles Osgood leaves a lasting legacy

The broadcasting sphere has recently felt the loss of one of its most endearing figures. Charles Osgood, a name synonymous with charm, wit, and a signature bow tie, has passed away at 91. His demise on January 23, 2024, as shared by his family, was due to complications from dementia.

Osgood’s daughter, Anne-E. Wood, communicated her father’s passing, stating that he left the world peacefully at his home in New Jersey. His departure closes the chapter on a luminous career that spanned the avenues of television and radio with remarkable grace and intellect.

For over 22 years, Osgood helmed “CBS Sunday Morning,” imbuing the news with his unique blend of insight and warmth. His role extended beyond that of a traditional newscaster, as he brought his talents as a pianist and poet to the fore, earning him the affectionate moniker of the network’s poet-in-residence.

His radio segment, “The Osgood File,” was a testament to his ability to connect with listeners through a mix of commentary and storytelling, further solidifying his position as a versatile and respected voice in the media landscape.

The news of his passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from esteemed publications and colleagues. The New York Times praised Osgood’s ability to enhance broadcasts with his intelligence and warmth, while The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post acknowledged his stature as a veteran journalist and his distinctive contributions as a poet.

Charles Osgood’s life and career left an indelible impact not only on the field of broadcasting but also on the hearts of his audience. Through his love for music, poetry, and news, he wove a tapestry of creativity that enriched the cultural milieu. As the industry pays its respects, his legacy of eloquence and joy continues to resonate, ensuring that his influence will endure in the annals of broadcasting history.

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