Radio Legend, CDX Founder Charlie Douglas Passes

Charlie Douglas

Country Radio and DJ Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Douglas passed away on Thanksgiving day (11/24). His career began in 1953 at KLIC/Monroe, LA, and eventually led him to WWL/New Orleans, where he created the first all-night radio show geared toward truck drivers. Among his numerous other station stops, Douglas spent thirteen years at WSM/Nashville.

According to All Music Guide, Douglas’ on-air stunts included broadcasting while sailing in a hot air balloon, parachuting from an airplane, and standing in a lion’s cage.

He served two terms as president of the Country Radio Broadcasters.

Douglas and Paul Lovelace opened Compact Disc Express (CDX) in 1991, and Douglas eventually retired from radio to run the music promotion service.

A memorial service will be held Saturday (12/3) at Mill Creek Baptist Church, 11 Old Kiln Rd., Picayune, MS 39466.


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