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Chuck Wilson

Broadcasting ∙ Geneva

 

 

 

 

Chuck Wilson was Beaver County’s pioneer radio sportscaster. During his 25 year career as a sports announcer and program chairman at Station WBVP in Beaver Falls, he broadcast thousands of high school and college athletic events of all kinds. In recognition of this service, he received the first Honorary Letterman Award given by Geneva College in 1966. Chuck was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and began his radio career in 1942 as an announcer for Station WKST in New Castle. When Station WBVP went on air May 25, 1948, he spoke the first words that were broadcast. For the next 25 years Chuck was the best known announcer on WBVP, becoming famous as a disc jockey, as well as sports announcer and program director. His best known sidekick in broadcasting was Ernie Kilne, who later became a state senator and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. (Kline served as toastmaster of the Sports Hall of Fame banquet for Chuck's induction.) In addition to being known as an expert in Beaver County sports, Chuck was active in many civic projects and in recognition of this service received the Man of the Year award from the Upper Beaver Valley Jaycees. After resigning from WBVP in 1975, Chuck became a public relations officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He was killed in a plane crash near Harrisburg on February 24, 1977.