NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday marks the final broadcast for “CBS Sunday Morning” anchor Charles Osgood after 22 years.
Osgood became the second person to anchor “CBS Sunday Morning” in 1994, taking over for Charles Kuralt.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Killed In Double Shooting On Lower East Side, Second Victim In Hospital
Donning his signature bow-tie, he provided comfort and reassurance, and sometimes even a song.
The program’s ratings are the best in decades and it is the most watched news show on Sunday morning. Even so, Osgood says it’s time to bid farewell.
“For years now people, even friends and family, have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been a joy doing it,” he said.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 10/16 Saturday Morning Forecast
It’s been said Osgood found a way to make important stories interesting and interesting little stories important, covering everything from world news, to pop culture, and the stories that make you scratch your head.
All the while he’s captivated audiences with his steady delivery and inviting demeanor.
“Charlie is not just beloved by our viewers. He’s beloved by all of us who work each week crafting the stories we put on the program,” Rand Morrison, executive producer of CBS Sunday Morning, said in a statement when Osgood announced his retirement last month. “Working with him truly has been an honor, a privilege and a joy. We look forward to paying tribute to him and his legendary career in September — and, of course, seeing him on the radio.”MORE NEWS: At Least 1 Dead In Long Island Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak
Osgood’s ability to tickle the ivories also touched many lives. Over the years, he played at Yankee Stadium, the Grand Ole Opry and on the show’s Christmas set.