WKNO’s ‘Mr. Chuck’ Dies At Age 80

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(Memphis) News Channel 3 has confirmed the death of a beloved Memphis television host.

Charles Scruggs, better known as Mr. Chuck, died this morning.

For years, Mr. Chuck entertained children as host of his own show on WKNO TV.

“Mr. Chuck’s passing is not only a huge loss for the WKNO family, but also for the Mid-South community,” said Michael J. LaBonia, President & CEO of WKNO. “He was a leader and a role model for all ages. When Fred Rogers visited us in 1997, he took me aside and said that what Mr. Chuck was doing for our community was ‘remarkable.’”

His smile and trademark hat have remained in the minds of many even though his show has been off the air for years.

Chuck Scruggs is also one of the founders of the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation, now the National Civil Rights Museum Foundation.  He served as the organization’s first president from 1983-1991.

Charles Scruggs was 80 years old.

April Thompson will have more later today on News Channel 3.

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