FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Several public figures in the community were regular guests on "Fort Wayne's Morning News with Charly Butcher."
Fort Wayne city council members were among regulars on the popular morning show.
"Just to have him taken so suddenly just doesn't seem right," said Geoff Paddock.
Charly has hosted WOWO's morning news program since the early 2000s.
"It felt like I've just lost a really good friend. It is sad and it won't be the same without when you turn that radio on the morning and you don't hear that very, very familiar voice," Paddock said.
Paddock said it's been a few months since he's been on Charly's show, but he was considering calling in soon.
"I would set my alarm and try to get all ready so I didn't fumble on the Charly Butcher show because a lot of folks listening. You wouldn't believe how many would come up to me and say 'Hey Geoff i just heard you on the Charly Butcher show," he said.
Councilman John Crawford has called into "Fort Wayne's Morning News" several times over the years.
He said Charly was always informed, fair and had a sense of humor during his interviews.
"Sometime's he throw you off guard a little bit because he would think of a wrinkle on a question you that you haven't thought of, which was particularly fun," Crawford said.
Charly's passing will no doubt be felt across the region after being in radio for more than three decades.
"It seems to be having a big effect on a lot of people," Crawford said.
Statements from elected officials on Charly Butcher's passing:
Mayor Tom Henry:
"Charly Butcher was a well-respected and beloved media professional in our community. I admired his commitment to informing the public throughout his radio career. He loved Fort Wayne. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charly's family and his colleagues at WOWO. He will be missed."
Allen County Commissioners:
"We were saddened to learn of the untimely death of our friend and Fort Wayne radio icon, Charly Butcher. The loss of Charly is huge not only to the radio industry, but to all of Allen County and northeast Indiana. Charly endeared himself to residents for years by telling our community's story straight every morning, topped off with pointed interviews with local newsmakers, which was particularly valued by his loyal listeners. We know we speak for all Allen County residents in sharing our condolences with his family, with his work family, with all of his listeners and just thanking him for a job well done."
State Senator David Long:
"So very sorry to hear of the passing of Charly Butcher. He was a fixture on Ft. Wayne morning radio and I enjoyed my periodic chats with him on WOWO. He was always fair and good natured. My heart is with his family tonight."
Congressman Jim Banks:
"Charly Butcher was a broadcasting icon and a beloved northeast Indiana legend. I am heartbroken about his passing, and I will forever cherish the moments I spent with Charly, both on and off air. Our entire region mourns his loss, but his irreplaceable voice and legacy will live on for generations to come. I offer my deepest condolences to Charly's wife Sarah, his three children, his extended family and his colleagues at WOWO."
Former Senate Candidate Todd Rokita:
"Tonight my friends in northeast Indiana made me aware of the unfortunate news that my friend, revered WOWO broadcaster Charly Butcher, passed away. It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany Charly on his 'Morning News' segment over the years. Charly is a beacon of truth and courage to all that have known him and has always put the interests of his listeners and community first. Your legacy lives on, my friend."
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