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    Address 1560 Vine Street

    Ceremony date 01/10/1990

Charlie Tuna
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Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna is a radio personality based in Los Angeles, California currently working at KRTH-FM.

Born Art Ferguson in Kearney, Nebraska, he was given his pseudonym while working at KOMA in Oklahoma City, taking over the moniker from Chuck Riley who had used it for one show the week prior to Charlie's arrival. Ferguson was a high school athlete and sports editor of his school newspaper and at age 16 worked at the town's radio station, KGFW. From Kearney, He went on to work at KLEO in Wichita, Kansas for a year with the air name "Billy O'Day", then worked for KOMA Radio in Oklahoma City in 1966, and on to WMEX in Boston for the first 9 months of 1967.

In late 1967, KHJ in Los Angeles offered Charlie the 9 to noon slot where he debuted on Thanksgiving Day 1967, and Charlie has worked in the L.A. area ever since. On February 9, 1971 at 6:00 a.m. he had just commenced his morning show when the San Fernando Earthquake occurred. In 1972, he became one of the original DJs at KROQ-AM, a new top-40 station. Among the other stations he worked at were KKDJ, KIIS-AM&FM, KTNQ, KHTZ, KRLA, KODJ, KMPC, KIKF, and KLAC.

He most recently worked at KBIG 104.3 where he hosted a show called "Charlie Tuna in the Morning," which aired from 5 to 9 am. His last show aired on September 17, 2007, when the station flipped to a non-rhythmic-based adult contemporary format, as "104.3 My FM". He returned to radio February 9, 2008 when he became the weekend personality and vacation fill-in jock on Los Angeles oldies station "K-Earth 101".

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