Bert Charles

Radio broadcaster

Bert Charles, a radio broadcaster for Ohio State football games for 33 years, died March 21 of cancer. He was 85.

Dorchester, Mass., native grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving from 1941-45.

He started his radio sports broadcasting career in Vincennes, Ind., after leaving the service, and also worked at stations in Indianapolis, Akron and Columbus. He worked Cleveland Indians games on TV with broadcaster Ken Coleman in 1962. He worked for Ohio State’s sports information department at all home football games from 1982 through the 2002 season.

He also was program director, general manager and president of the Skyway Broadcasting Company.

He is survived by wife Alberta C. Charles, two daughters and five grandchildren.

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