Jazz Radio Host Chuck Workman Dies


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Popular WICR host, a veteran broadcast professional, died Sunday at his home

harles “Chuck" Workman, a veteran of Indianapolis broadcasting who was best-known as a courtly, smooth-voiced spokesman for jazz, died Sunday at his home.

He was found after failing to report to WICR-FM, where he hosted two jazz shows three days a week. A station employee, not getting a response at Workman's address Sunday afternoon, called police, who forced entry and discovered the body.

“Chuck was a special person — a true professional," said Scott Uecker, WICR-FM general manager. “We're so fortunate to have had him here, not just as a broadcaster, but for who he was as a person. We need to start thinking about what we're going to do (with those true program slots), but he was my friend. I don't know anyone who met him who didn't think of him that way. He was just a good guy. He tried to find the good in every situation."

Doubling of Workman's on-air time since his hiring six years ago was a response to his popularity, Uecker said. “He had a lot of fans. There are a lot of people in Indianapolis who like jazz, and he was that voice for those people."

Born in Terre Haute on Dec. 1, 1932, Workman was a jazz fan from his teens, by which time he had moved with his family to Indianapolis, where he became familiar with the storied Indiana Avenue scene.

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