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Radio broadcasting executive

Bertram Charles, American radio broadcasting executive. Named Columbus Father of Year, 1961; Paul Harris fellow Rotary International.


Charles, Bertram was born on January 26, 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Jacob H. and Annie L. (Kanter) Fein.


Student, New York University, 1935-1938.


Reporter, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1938-1939;Reporter, New York Post, 1939-1940;news and sports announcer, Station WAOV, Vincennes, Indiana, 1945;sportscaster, Station WIRE, Indianapolis, 1945;director sports public service, Station WAKR, Akron, Ohio., 1946-1948;program and sports director, Station WVKO-AM-FM, Columbus, Ohio., 1948-1949;station manager, Station WVKO-AM-FM, 1949-1953;vice president, Station WVKO-AM-FM, 1953-1971;president, general manager, Station WVKO-AM-FM, 1971-1982;retired, Station WVKO-AM-FM.


Trustee Columbus Zoo, Opera/Columbus, Upper Arlington Rotary Club. Patron Columbus Art Gallery. Past president, chairman board Charity Newsies.

Chairman artistic committee Columbus Opera. Served with United States Army, 1941-1942, United States Air Force, 1942-1945. Vice chairman Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission.

Member Columbus Better Business Bureau (past director), Ohio Radio and television Executives (president 1957), Columbus Radio Broadcasters, Ohio Association Broadcasters (past director), Society Professional Journalists (director), Ohio Sportscasters Association (past director), National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, Columbus Advertising Federation Clubs: York Temple Country, Maennerchor, Rotary (board directors), Agonis, Probus (president), Torch (president), Capital.


Married Alberta Marie Carpenter, September 4, 1948. Children– Meredith Ann Trapp, Blair Carpenter Adams.

Jacob H. Fein

Annie L. (Kanter) Fein

Alberta Marie Carpenter

Meredith Ann Trapp Charles

Blair Carpenter Adams Charles