Charles Osgood, the eminent CBS broadcaster known for his decades-long service, has passed away. At age 91, Osgood died this Tuesday in New Jersey. The news comes from CBS News, marking the end of a cherished media presence.
Osgood started with CBS News Radio with “The Osgood File,” a segment that highlighted daily news commentary.
His voice became a staple on airwaves across America here. Later, he took over as anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning” in 1994, succeeding Charles Kuralt. For 22 years until his retirement in 2016, he steered the show with poise and dignity.
His career at CBS spanned nearly fifty years. During this time, Osgood made significant contributions beyond journalism. His efforts included oral storytelling, authoring several books and poems, as well as music performances. Charles Kuralt praised him as “one of the last great broadcast writers,” underscoring his profound legacy.
In his final episode of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ in 2016, Osgood shared his philosophy. His words reflected deep love for the show:
“I like to think of it as people watching the show and getting satisfaction out of it…learning something and not having something forced down their throats…I do [love this show]. I cannot think of anything that has given me more pleasure professionally than Sunday Morning.”Charles Osgood
Osgood’s personal passions were no less remarkable than his career. A lover of music, he owned three Steinway pianos and performed occasionally on ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’
In another creative facet of his life, Osgood hit a high note with the song “Gallant Men” in 1967. The song reached position 29 on Billboard charts.
Further details may emerge regarding Charles Osgood’s death as updates become available. This is a developing story that will evolve with new information in due course.