Charles Woods, veteran ABC staff announcer, died Monday of natural causes at his home in New York City. He was 85.
A native of Pittsburgh, Woods began his radio career with WTAM in Cleveland as a staff announcer.
In 1940, he moved to New York as the 11 p.m. newsman on radio station WOR.
A World War II Army veteran, Woods was editor of the Forge, the Army newspaper. Following the war, he served with the U.S. State Dept. as a United Nations commentator.
Woods joined ABC in New York in 1948 where he remained until his retirement in 1976. His diverse duties at ABC included hosting a series of daily profiles called “People in the News” as well as the series “Woods on Books,” debuting in 1968.
In 1976, Woods became a founder and first director of the AFTRA-Broadcasting and Recording Industry Council on Alcoholism (ABRICA), the first program to specifically address the problem of alcoholism among performers.
Woods is survived by a son, Jeffrey.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.