DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A longtime KWQC employee and friend has passed away. Charles King, 80, died early Tue. Nov. 15, 2016 in the Denver, Colorado area.
King first started working in The Quad City area in 1961, when he landed a job as news director at a radio station in Burlington, Iowa. He moved to WOC radio in 1967, where he worked in both radio news and as a fill-in TV weatherman at WOC-TV.
In the 1980s, King worked for other Quad City radio stations, but King was invited back when KWQC-TV created its first morning newscast in 1989. Charles anchored the morning news with KWQC financial expert Jim Victor and weather specialist Theresa Bryant. He also anchored the News at Noon with Marcia Lense. King retired in 2005.
“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of a piece of wisdom that Charles gave me. He was a bright spot of my morning, made every day fun to begin.” Jim Victor
“What you saw on the air was exactly what you saw in real life and a lot of people said that to me, that he was always the same, but always so much fun to work with. The viewers really loved him because he was genuine.” Theresa Bryant
A Kansas native, King attended Northwestern University, where he studied English and drama. He also lived in New York City and Quincy, Ill. He is survived by wife Bonnie and three children as well as four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor and quick wit; good grammar; great stories; deep voice; and his contributions to Quad City broadcasting.
Funeral arrangements are pending.