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Chuck Niles Dies

Chuck Niles, the only jazz radio announcer ever awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died Mon., Mar. 15 at Santa Monica Hospital in California from complications of a stroke he suffered on Feb. 26. He was 76.

Niles (aka Be-Bop Charlie, aka Mr. Jazz, aka Minister of Cool) had a smooth baritone voice that made him one of the most recognizable jazz radio hosts in the country. His 50-year plus career in radio had him behind the microphone at West Palm Beach, Florida’s WEAT and the L.A. stations KNOB, KKGO (formerly KBCA) and KKJZ (formerly KLON), where Niles had been the afternoon drive host for the past 14 years.

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