Sunday, October 7, 2007

South Florida TV legend Charlie Baxter has passed away

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Sad news... Charles Morrison Baxter, a legend in South Florida television in the 1950's and 1960's, known to thousands of baby boomers as Saturday afternoon horror movie host M.T. Graveshas passed away in a Tennessee nursing home at the age of 82. R.I.P. Charles Morrison Baxter......

CBS4's news partners at the Miami Herald report before joining WCKT, which went on to become WSVN, Baxter started his post World War II career on the radio in Detroit and Chicago. After moving to Florida, he worked at WIOD, WCKR and WQAM, and joined WCKT in 1956.

Thousands of longtime South Floridians will fondly remember Baxter reading the Sunday comics out of the Miami Herald as Charlie Folds beeped along as Toby the Robot. During the week, Baxter also hosted The Fun Club, an early-morning kiddie show, along with being an on air announcer who also did the weather and commercials.

After more than a decade, Baxter retired from television and took up writing. A few years later, he returned for a short stint on WKID on Captain Kid's Secret Island, which broadcast live from Pirates World in Dania Beach. He also worked for a short time at WA1A-FM. [Quoted from CBS 4]

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