Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna
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Charlie Tuna
Radio: East side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Radio Host
Born Art Ferguson on April 18, 1944 in Kearney, NE
Died Feb. 19, 2016 in Tarzana, CA

Disc jockey Charlie Tuna was a presence at a variety of key radio stations in Los Angeles after working in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Boston. He was one of KHJ’s “boss jocks” in the 1960s, one of the original personalities at KROQ-FM when that station started revamping the rock radio landscape, and an on-air jock and program director at Top 40 outlet KIIS-FM. In 2008, he moved to oldies mecca K-Earth.

Tuna also worked as a television announcer and hosted the TV shows “Cinema Cinema Cinema” and “Inside Hollywood.” He was named to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008, and was the honorary mayor of Tarzana, the San Fernando Valley community where he lived.

Tuna died Feb. 19, 2016, after a sudden illness at his home in Tarzana. He was 71.

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