Charles Edward Smith
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Charles Edward Smith
  • September 25, 1935 - October 5, 2017
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

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Charles Edward Smith
Sept. 25, 1935 - Oct. 5, 2017

Charles "Chuck" Smith was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi to James and Mary Smith.
He grew up in Milwaukee, WS., where as a teenager, Chuck's love of music led him to become a DJ at the local YMCA, which ultimately led him to become a DJ at 1590am WAWA radio station. As an adult he relocated briefly to Memphis, Tenn. where he worked at WDIA radio. In 1970, Chuck was part of a team hired to start a new radio station in Dallas, TX. For Service Broadcasting Corporation. Hired as the Music Director, he was eventually promoted to General Manager and remained with KKDA-AM and K104-FM for 42 years. During Chuck's tenure with KKDA his leadership, guidance and mentoring helped to shape the careers of many up and coming young men and women in the African-American communities of DFW, who went on to become successful entertainers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and more.
Chuck leaves his wife Pearl, Sons Todd (Dena), Turhan (Raquel) and Ian, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild to remember his love and words of wisdom from this day forward. His extended Service Broadcasting family and friends remember him fondly as the "Man with the plan" behind many of the antics and schemes which helped define Black Radio in Dallas/Ft.Worth and lead K104 to many of it's number 1 ratings.
A Celebration of his life will take place on November 4, at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters located at 1309 Canton St., Dallas at 4pm.