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Giddens was named General
Manager in 1980 when Bill
Prettyman left for station ownership. Ironically, Charles
would also leave the station for the same reason in December
1982. He would go on to become a broker of station deals until
his untimely death.
are very sorry to report the untimely passing of former WPGC
General Manager Charles Giddens on Sept. 12th, 2001.
'Radio & Records':
Broker Charles Giddens Dies
who co-founded and was Managing Director of Media Venture Partners,
died yesterday morning in a Naples, FL hospital after suffering
a brain hemorrhage on Monday. He was 57. Giddens, who lived
in Naples, spent more than 30 years in broadcasting. He was
a station owner and Group VP of Marriott’s First Media in Greenbelt,
MD before Media Venture Partners was formed in Washington, D.C.
in 1987. In lieu of flowers, Charles' widow, Joanne, and
their daughters Cassandra & Kelly have requested that donations
be sent to the Garden of Hope and Courage at Naples Community
Hospital, P.O. Box 234, Naples, FL 34106.
Giddens Scholarship Fund Formed
fund was created in memory of the Media Venture Partners co-founder,
who died last week at age 57 of a brain aneurysm. Contributions
can be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation,
with "Charles Giddens Scholarship Fund" in the memo line of
your check, and mailed to the foundation (attn.: Bill Herringdine)
at 824 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, GA 30602. The fund will be
directed to the Grady College of Telecommunications and Journalism,
where it will provide a yearly scholarship to a student attending
the Univ. of GA & Grady College.
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