Longtime Fort Wayne radio personality Charly Butcher died Wednesday.
He was 61.
“To say we are heart-broken would be an under-statement,” WOWO Radio said on its website. “We ask that everyone respect the privacy of his family during this challenging time.”
Butcher died Wednesday afternoon likely due to a cardiac event, the station said.
Butcher had been a radio personality for more than three decades. On WOWO 1190 AM and 107.5 FM, he was the host of “Fort Wayne's Morning News.”
Many listeners also remember him as co-host of “Those Two Guys in the Morning” on WMEE in the 1980s.
WOWO said Butcher is survived by his wife, Sarah, and three children.
Congressmen Jim Banks and Todd Rokita –
“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.”
“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.”
The Allen County Board of 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."
Vice President Mike Pence –
“Karen & I were deeply saddened to learn of passing of a friend and an Indiana radio institution, Charly Butcher. Charly was a friendly voice in the morning for more than 30 years, with a deep commitment to his family and the listening audience. Charly Butcher was a great broadcaster and even better person and he will be missed. We send our prayers and condolences to Sarah, their children, their friends and every Hoosier who will miss this truly good man. God bless Charly Butcher.”