By - Marie Masson - Charle Tuna's No.1 Fan
Written 5/15/2009 and the time now 12/19/2019 and beyond...
It all started with a t-shirt. It was one of those black t-shirt's from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shop with the year's inductee's on the back and I wondered why Charlie Tuna's name was NOT on the list? It's like "SORRY CHARLIE" !
I was indignant.
A little more searching found Charlie Tuna is eligible as a disc jockey to be nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the Non-Performer Category for the Ahmet Ertegun Award. This honor for music professionals in the industry who have had a major influence on rock and roll also includes songwriters, producers, other disc jockeys, record executives, and journalists.
So, I told Charlie Tuna (real name Art Ferguson) that I had nominated him (by starting this petition). He was honored.
Then I learned how you REALLY get nominated. Although this petition is still a GREAT way to " Keep The Ball Rollin' ".
See excerpt below.
A subsequent phone call to then, now retired, president & CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Terry Stewart clued me in on the real induction process which was voted on by a select committee.
So I started a petition and here is:
Charlie Tuna's nomination petition for the Ahmet Artegun Award in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Show your support and electronically sign. Thanks!
Radio personality Charlie Tuna Los Angeles, DJ April 18, 1944 – February 19, 2016 :
In his over his 40+ years on air Charlie has worked for more stations and formats than anyone in the history of radio.
Worked! It was as child's play as you will later learn, Read on.
The most kissable voice to have every graced both the radio airwaves in southern California and Armed Forces Radio where Charlie Tuna did over 6,000 shows . Subsequently too he raised nearly 2 and half million dollars for Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles with his annual “Tunathon” (2004–2007).
Now a little bit more about the star kissed "Morning Man" music legend whose distinctive radio voice subtly charmed us with a sense of humor second to none, Charlie Tuna.
Charlie Tuna sometimes sidelined as the TV announcer for various shows including; the “Mike Douglas Show”, Time Machine, Scrabble, Scattergories, The $25,000 Pyramid, The Quiz Kids Challenge, and The New Battlestars. He was also featured in the Universal film “Rollercoaster” and the independent film “Racquet”.
It was Charlie's childhood hero from his hometown of Kearney, Nebraska, the late radio announcer Jack Lewis, who inspired Charlie to get into the music game. Charlie began his career in radio at age 5 spinning records on his record player in his home bedroom and worked later at age 16 in his hometown’s radio station KGFW. He later went on to work in Wichita, Kansas, had a brief stint in Oklahoma City, and later went on to Boston in early 1967. His charisma and unmistakable voice got him noticed and in 1967 he landed a gig at 93 KHJ “Boss Radio” in L.A. Later he moved on to station KBIG 104.3 where he hosted the top-rated and much-loved morning show “Charlie Tuna in the Morning”. KBIG was a loyal affiliate to legendary Casey Kasem and his weekly countdown show "American Top 20," which ran Sundays from 7:00am to 10:00am. Former KBIG morning man Charlie Tuna was Kasem's regular substitute host.
After a format change at KBIG where he was the Program Director, Charlie went to work for the well known L.A. oldies station, “K-EARTH 101,” where he was heard had the weekend slot.
Charlie Tuna, a super amazing L.A. DJ. If you lived in Southern California or around the world on internet radio later as it was invented, I'm sure you tuned in to listen and feel good laughing at his tongue in cheek humorous jokes!
A real entertainer in every sense of the way from pitching at radio station baseball games to hosting numerous weekend meet the d.j. events dispersing radio hats, t shirts and bumper stickers.
Tuna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame January 10, 1990. He was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, August 19, 1999.
Later in 2008, was inducted by long time friend Larry Lujack, into The National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, USA. Here's what Lujack said: "Here's a
Larry Lujack type introduction with/for 30 freakin' seconds because we're late!
How I first met Charlie Tuna on the radio a guy named for a TV commercial cartoon fish, a West Coast freakin' Rock n' Roll Legend baby, Charlie Tuna."
Among other reasons why Charlie Tuna should be inducted it is that Bo Diddley, (the late), thinks he should.
Actually Bo put Charlie Tuna right up there with Alan Freed and they (Diddley & Freed) both belong to the RRHOF CLUB!
Bo Diddley's exact interview stating the case for induction of Charlie Tuna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is spelled out by clicking on the following link:
Or from Charlie's website, http://www.charlietuna.com/
view it under TUNA CLIPS,
Favorite moments from 40 years of Charlie Tuna Shows in Los Angeles, on the bottom of the page (11), last entry titled:
From (1992) Charlie's visit with the late music legend & friend Bo Diddley
Posted by Charlie on 06/02/2008 @ 11:15am
To quote Bo Diddley in that interview…”I want to thank Alan Freed, Charlie Tuna, you guys is the ones that launched us by playing our music”…
and Charlie’s reply
…”It’s the roots of Rock 'n’ Roll, that’s what it’s all about."
It's an amazing interview!
Here's Charlie Tuna's email to me about the honorary nomination to the RRHOF and the aforementioned Diddley interview:
Re: NOMINATION RELEASE
Reply Fri 5/15/2009, 5:15 PM
Marie Masson; xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
You do your homework, I had forgotten all about that Bo Diddley comment until you reminded me of it with this note. And I was very sad when Bo died last Summer. He was just the best!
Charlie Tuna a resonating baritone radio voice.
I'll Remember You (Song by Bob Dylan) for your 5-9 a.m. morning show on the Southern California radio airwaves your quick wit,
If for "Only The Best Get To Be Star Kissed" Tuna you canned it.
He'd say in the early days when I lived in California and before internet radio at the end of his show, "Well that;s going to can it!" before Jay Stevens & then Humble Harve came on KHJ Radio.
I asked him years later why he didn't say that anymore, he just smiled.
Charlie Tuna a big league player with a subtle humor that made me/us laugh.
How we met: I heard KHJ Radio invite listeners to a charity baseball game where the KHJ DJ's were playing. This was before internet radio. I flew in from out of town for the game. I loved baseball. I saw you first as you stood on the pitchers mound that day and I finally put a face with the voice I/we had been listening to all those years. You played with a tip of your hat ( hand signals? )and such grace.
Remembered also by others whose lives you touched, Charlie Tuna fun and family friendly radio personality. Your home family ( Cherry Cherry & son's ) as well as your radio family adoring "request a song fans" and radiotelephone co-workers sharing the mike, at "Boss Radio" KHJ.
We the undersigned would like to recommend that Charlie Tuna be nominated for the Ahmet Ertegun Award and inducted into the Rock Hall,
Please note that in 2011, the Ahmet Ertegun Award has replaced the Non Performer category.
Charlie Tuna, radio name, ( real name Art Ferguson, ) D.J. in La.,
THE BEST, a leader in the music industry and a friend of Bo Diddley has had a significantly impact on the evolution, development & perpetuation, therefore, the preservation of Rock and Roll.
Let's vote Charlie the Tuna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and well "That's going to can it for today too,"
Send your letters, postcards and petitions for the nomination of Charlie Tuna to: Nominating Committee, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Rolling Stone Magazine Headquarters and Wenner Publishing, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, New York City, N.Y. 10104-0298 or Online at:
under "INDUCTEES" then "About the induction process"
Together we can do this!
Spread The Love.
Sign the petition & prayer that Charlie Tuna gets the award from the RRHOF.
The NOMINATE CHARLIE TUNA LA DJ FOR AHMET ERTEGUN AWARD AT RRHOF ~ 2021 petition to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was written by Marie Masson and is in the category Music at GoPetition.