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Education advocate 'Mr. Chuck' has died at 80

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(WMC-TV) - Television personality and community education advocate Charles A. "Mr. Chuck" Scruggs died at Friday.  He was 80 years old.

Scruggs started at WKNO in 1993, and was best known as the host of the popular children's show "Hello, Mr. Chuck!"

Michael LaBonia, President of WKNO, says television personality Charles "Mr. Chuck" Scruggs was one of a kind.

"Chuck was something special, he truly was," LaBonia said in a press conference today. He also described that "Chuck ... went on to become unbelievable in success."

Scruggs was just 16 years old when he began hosting his first regular radio program, "Wake Up with Bugs" on WDXB, a Country and Western Station in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He joined the ranks of other WKNO employees in 1993 and retired in 2010.

LaBonia explained that Scruggs' mission was to do more than simply educate the kids.

"(Chuck) tried to do more than just education, he tried to teach them how to live and grow up to be responsible citizens," he said.

Scruggs was also a major advocate for community education and child literacy.

LaBonia said that everybody flocked to Mr. Chuck because of he was genuine.

"He's going to be a real loss, he was a real asset to the community," she said.

There will be a special on WKNO to commemorate Mr. Chuck on Thursday evening.

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