John Ramsey, an engineer with Marlin Broadcasting in Hartford, Conn. and chairman of SBE 14, Connecticut Valley, has sent notice to Radio World that Charlie Brown has passed away.
John provided us with important information and added his own thoughts: “He worked at WPOP(AM) years ago, was with WTIC(AM/FM) radio in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and had been the number two engineer at Clear Channel Hartford since the late 90s. I worked with Charlie on numerous projects over the years and you couldn’t find a nicer, smarter or harder working guy anywhere. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Larry Titus, President of Titus Technological Laboratories, worked with Brown as chief engineer for WTIC in Hartford. He said: “Charlie Brown worked for me at WTIC AM/FM during the late 70s and 80s. He became a member of my engineering department and was responsible for many of the day-to-day engineering tasks that are required in a large studio complex. His smile and sense of humor were always a welcome addition to anything in which we were involved. We never heard him complain (well, not too much) when we were putting in tremendous overtime hours. Give Charlie a task and he would complete it. It was that simple. He possessed a unique knowledge of electronic and mechanical equipment which made him invaluable.”
Titus also worked with Brown in the early days of Titus Technological Laboratories. He explained: “I needed a ‘savvy’ engineer to help build my equipment and Charlie was my first choice to assist me. Charlie always had a smile and willingness to complete anything we were doing regardless of how complex.”
Tutus adds: “On a personal note, Charlie was a very good friend of mine and we shared a lot of fun things together. Even when I was sick — Charlie was always there to keep me going. Although always avoiding any spotlight, Charlie was a very special person and deserved more recognition than he received. I will miss him.”
The Hartford Radio History web site notes that Brown said he was nearly struck by lightning once while painting the transmitter building for WLCR(AM) in the 1970s. Lightning struck the nearby tower.
Brown also worked with Steve Hnat at Hnat Hindes, Inc. as an engineer/tech before moving onto the Clear Channel Hartford operations.
Ramsey informs us — “Charlie’s family will receive relatives and friends on Friday Nov. 23 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Rte. 195), Willimantic, Conn. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. at Eastford Congregational Church, 8 Church Rd., Eastford, Conn.”
“Interment in Central Cemetery, Woodstock, Conn., will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, P.O. Box 111, Vienna, Md, 21869.”