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Charles 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.



We are very sorry to report the untimely passing of former WPGC General Manager Charles Giddens on Sept. 12th, 2001. 

From 'Radio & Records':

Media Broker Charles Giddens Dies

Giddens, 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.

Charles Giddens Scholarship Fund Formed

The 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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"Giddens Resigns as WPGC GM"

© Radio & Records - November 1982



Charles Giddens

Farewell To Staff

December 1982



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