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Former American radio and television commentator and writer, Charles Osgood retired from his career with a radio program, The Osgood File. His last words were,

“Although I was very much looking forward to continuing to see you on the radio, unfortunately, my health and doctors will now not allow it. So I will retire from ‘The Osgood File’ and radio at the end of the year with great appreciation for all the success we’ve had together.”

Source: TVLine(Charles Osgood at CBS)

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Charles Osgood’s Net Worth, Early Career, Army Band

Charles’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. He started his career as a volunteer for the university’s FM campus radio station, WFUV as an announcer. After his graduation, he was appointed by WGMS (AM) and WGMS-FM in Washington, D.C. No sooner, he got selected in the United States Army Band. He shares,

I was about to be drafted in the Army, this was 1954, and I ran into a guy while I was having dinner with a friend of mine and he was dressed in a white uniform, the fanciest uniform this side of the Ritz Hotel. It turned out he was the announcer for the United States Army Band. I asked him when he was getting out and he said within the next few weeks, so the next morning I was parked out at the commanding officer’s office. He was impressed with the fact I could pronounce Rimsky-Korsakov. That’s how I got the job. I spent three years with the United States Army Band. It was a great experience.

During his career in the military, he a pianist with the band. He and his roommate, John Cacavas used to compose songs with their U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (R-Illinois). Their single, Gallant Men was such a big hit that they won Grammy Award for best-spoken word performance.

During his term in the army, he also worked as an announcer in WEAM (WZHF today). In 1956, he also experimented in writing an act play, A Single Voice.

Source: CNN Money(Charles Osgood with Jane Pauley)

Charles Osgood’s at Radio and Television

In 1957, Osgood WGMS Radio as a full-time as an announcer. Then in 1958, he became the program director. Later, he was promoted to the television by WGMS Radio’s host company, Channel 18, WHCT (WUVN today). He covered live sporting events and cultural programs like ballets and symphonies.

In 1963, he joined ABC as writers and hosts of Flair Reports, in an interview in 1981, he said,

“I went from being the world’s youngest station manager to being the world’s oldest cub reporter.”

In the year 1967, he switched to CBS Radio as a reporter and anchored the CBS Sunday Night News. And his final day of the retirement was on December 29, 2017.

Charles Osgood’s Childhood and Family

Charles was born in the year 1933, in the Bronx, New York City. When he was young, his family shifted to Liberty Heights near Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up while World War II was going on and in 2004, there was Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack when he was nine years old.

Talking about his educational background, he went to St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. Later, he joined Fordham University and graduated in the year in 1954 in a bachelor of science degree in economics.

Source: (Charles Osgood with his wife Jean Crafton)

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Charles is a married man. He is married to his girlfriend, Jean Crafton. They tied the knot in 1973. The couple has five children (Kathleen, Winston, Anne-E., Emily J., and Jamie). They have three grandsons as well. He revealed that he spoke about his health and said that he was suffering from cancer soon after his announcement of retirement. He said,

“I have two different kinds of cancer and have had them treated at Sloan Kettering. I think they’re doing well, or should say they’re not getting worse. But I do find at my age there is a time for all things to come to an end.”

We pray that he becomes healthy very soon.

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