The Sunday Morning anchor will be retiring on September 25th after a historic 22 years on the air. An iconic figure in morning television, Osgood is in his 80’s and has finally decided to hang it up. Although he has 22 years on the air, his career is 45 years long! Here are the highlights of his resume and what he will be remembered the most for.
- He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division. He joined Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, Steve Harvey, Tom Joyner, Larry King, Bing Crosby and other prestigious names. He also got inducted in 1991, the same year as Hal Jackson.
- Osgood is a recipient of the Paul White Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. This was one of the big ones, as it is a lifetime award for electronic journalism excellence. It is the highest honor from the RTDNA, and is not easy to get. Other winners include Dick Ebersol, Steve Kroft, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Bernard Shaw and even Jane Pauley.
- Yet the biggest honor came when he won a Grammy Award for a spoken word performance. It was in Everett Dirksen’s recording of Gallant Men, and is still widely recognized as a notable moment in his career.
A fun fact about Osgood is that he lent his voice to Horton Hears a Who, the 2008 film. And the good news is that this isn’t a full on retirement from entertainment, but more of a semi-retirement. He will pop in every now and then on Sunday Morning, and will continue to host The Osgood File on radio. Celebrities have already been showing their appreciation for his historic career, and with the current setup, Sunday Morning will hum along fine.
What do you think of the career of Charles Osgood? Do you consider him to be the best anchor on Sunday Mornings?