Beloved Country Music Journalist Chuck Dauphin Passes

Chuck Dauphin. Photo credit: Jamie Schramm/CMA

Beloved Nashville country music industry journalist and Dickson resident Chuck Dauphin passed away Wednesday evening (Sept. 18) at 6:47 p.m., following a series of complications from diabetes. He was 45.

As a radio broadcaster, record promoter and journalist, he has spent the past 25 years sharing his passion for country music and carrying a torch for all of its artists, songwriters and industry members.

With over 1,000 articles published in various magazines and newspapers, including Roughstock, At Home Tennessee, Sounds Like Nashville and Billboard among many others, he will always be known for his integrity, preparation, creativity and passion for country music. His peers and close friends will also remember him for his quiet wit and unwavering support of others.

As one of the most well-respected journalists within the industry, the veteran radio and music journalist was presented with the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award on the night of the “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.”

Dauphin launched his career as a professional radio host in 1991 during his junior year in high school, when he earned his first job in the music business at WDKN in Dickson, Tennessee. He worked there for 18 years, rose to program director and was known to everyone in Dickson County by his on-air personality, “Crazy Chucky.” He enjoyed a flourishing radio career with stops at WNKX in Centerville, Tenn., Nashville’s WSM-AM, and he often appeared as a guest on Sirius XM’s country channels.

He is survived by his father Charles F. Dauphin, Jr., his stepmother, Marcia Dauphin of Savanna, Ill., a stepson Zach Heath of Kentucky, stepdaughter Isabella Heath of Pennsylvania, stepbrother Lyle Klein (Dee Dee) of Carthage, Ill., a stepsister, Deanna Deal (Eric) of Freeport, Ill., an uncle Burt Dauphin of Savanna, Ill., two aunts, Diana Chaplin of Baileyville, Ill. and Gloria Roberts of Freeport, Ill. and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents Ernest and Pauline Clymer, Charles and Edna Dauphin, two uncles Jim Chaplin and Del Roberts, an aunt Peg Dauphin and a cousin, Douglas Harbers, and many beloved pet dogs and cats, including Lassie, Brownie and Chloe.

Chuck Dauphin Public Funeral and Visitation  
Saturday, September 21, 2019

5:00 – 8:00 PM Visitation

Taylor Funeral Home
214 North Main St.
Dickson, TN 37055
Phone: 615-446-2808

Sunday, September 22, 2019

1:00 – 3:00 PM Visitation
3:00 PM Celebration of Life
A reception will follow Chuck’s Celebration of Life at Burns Church of Christ.Burns Church of Christ 
2718 Church St.
Burns, TN  37029
Phone: 615-441-3984



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