Charlie Tuna Dead At 71


The awards were endless for Charlie Tuna who died peacefully in his sleep February 19, according to his close friend Steve Wall at The Talent Farm. Wall called Tuna a great business partner and a dear friend. “Charlie Tuna was one of the greatest talents I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. His tireless efforts each and every day created one of the best-sounding radio shows in history, and his long career and big heart impacted many lives along the way. I will truly miss my daily conversations with Charlie. His laugh, his stories… We often chatted about his family — his wife, his prized children and grandchildren — who are all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers this week. Charlie’s legacy will live on as one of the all-time greatest people and radio personalities ever, and I am honored that he chose me to work with him and to be his friend. Today and every day I will miss my fix of Charlie Tuna. Forever yours my friend, may you rest in peace.”

Tuna worked as morning drive radio personality for more stations and formats than anyone in Los Angeles radio history: Top 40, AC, Hot AC, Oldies, Talk, Sports Talk, and Country. In 1990, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Charlie by presenting him with a Star on the Walk of Fame. In 1999, he was inducted into his home state Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. In 1997, Los Angeles Radio People readers voted Charlie one of the Top 10 L.A. Radio Personalities of All Time. In 2007 and again in 2013, Charlie was elected by his broadcast peers as one of the Top 10 Los Angeles Radio Personalities.

Tuna left Kearth 101 in Los Angeles back in August of 2015 to focus on his syndication company.


  1. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. The last time I saw him was on the bus ride to the CBS legal seminar last year. We chatted about a number of things including his being a listener of mine and me of his. Wow this is a shock and a sad day


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