SAINT LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - After more than three decades at KMOX, Charlie Brennan has hosted his last show. Charlie signed off Thursday morning.
As part of the tribute, singer Erin Bode recorded a special song to say goodbye. Listen below.
Brennan announced his retirement plans in late March saying, "It's time." .
Brennan was hired by KMOX General Manager Robert Hyland to work evenings and weekends in 1988. Within two years, he began working the mid-morning shift where he has been heard ever since.
He's not just worked for the "Voice of St. Louis", Charlie has often been a powerful voice for the St. Louis, supporting a multitude of efforts to recognize the best of the region as well as highlight serious issues and work toward solutions.
In January, Brennan led a big clean up of the trash surrounding The
Firefighter’s Memorial Statue in downtown St. Louis. This April, he partnered with Bank of America and the St. Louis Cardinals to recruit volunteers to pick up litter on the region’s streets. Brennan’s reporting in 2021 on widespread trash and illegal dumping in Wellston, Missouri led to a major cleanup there by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. In May, Brennan himself led sixty businesses and individuals who collected 148 bags of trash on North Market in Wellston.
Brennan was also instrumental in forming an ad-hoc coalition of groups and
individuals to bring the historical exhibit, “Making History: Kansas City and the
Ride of Gay Rights” to a year-long tour of St. Louis after it was expelled from the Missouri State Capitol.
In 2020, Brennan launched a 4-day KMOX campaign raising $85,000 for Cardinal Children’s Hospital with assistance from actress Jenna Fisher, singer Michael McDonald, talk show host Andy Cohen, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and comic Nikki Glazer.
Over the years he's helped raise funds and distribute supplies for flood victims both it the St. Louis region and other parts of the country; influenced legislation regarding traffic cameras, medical benefits, and food vendors; plus he's organized five campaigns sending care packages to troops serving overseas.
He has a long list of accolades and awards to his name. In 2016, Brennan won the St. Louis Magazine “A-List Readers’ Choice Award for Talk Show Hosts” with his colleague Debbie Monterrey. He was named to the St. Louis Magazine “2016 Power List: 100 People Who Are Shaping St. Louis”.
“The Charlie Brennan Show” was named “St. Louis’ Best AM Talk Show” in the 2016 Readers Poll of The Riverfront Times. Charlie ranks #65 in the the Top 100 U.S. Talk Show Hosts by Talkers Magazine. In addition, Brennan is a former recipient of the Press Club of St. Louis’ Media Person of the Year Award, the Downtown St. Louis Partnership’s Civic Betterment Award, the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Norman Stack Award, The American Society of Landscape Architects’ Civic Stewardship Award, the St. Louis Society of the Blind Jim Butler Award, and the St. Louis Restaurant Association’s Media Person of the Year.
Brennan is also “Provocateur” of KETC-TV’s “Donnybrook,” among the highest rated locally-produced talk shows on PBS. He will remain in that role after his retirement from KMOX.
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