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Popular Name in St. Louis Radio Dies

WGNU photo of Chuck Norman
WGNU photo of Chuck Norman


St. Louis, MO –

A popular name in St. Louis radio died Monday. Chuck Norman was 83. He had been in declining health for years.

He was a top disc jockey in the 1950's and was also well-known for his Chuck Norman Christmas charity Parties that were found on billboards around town.

"A lot of people would see these billboards and say 'Who the heck is Chuck Norman?' And that's exactly what he wanted," said Frank Absher, a radio historian. "Chuck did things simply because he wanted to do them, and he could afford to."

Norman was also a member of the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame, which Absher now runs.

Norman launched WGNU Radio in 1961 and remained the only original sole-owner of a radio station in the St. Louis market.

After his station format switched to talk in 1977, the station was dubbed "Radio Free St. Louis" featuring non-mainstream hosts.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Luptin Chapel in University City. He will be entombed at Calvary Mausoleum in St. Louis.