requiescat in pace nick charles

Often times there is so much I want to write about, I get overwhelmed. Then backed up with all the day’s tasks, I forget to write about a topic entirely. This is one of those catch-up posts.

For lots of folks, watching sports on ESPN SportsCenter was their favorite way to catch the latest sports news. I liked it too but I actually preferred watching CNN with Fred Hickman and Nick Charles. I liked the presentation, their chemistry, just everything about the broadcast.

Individually and as a team, Charles and Hickman just clicked. Nick Charles stood out to me as a great interviewer and the perfect authoritative but not over the top sports anchor. I have no idea if he was a big ego sports anchor or awesome guy in real life (years of personal experience has taught me in media, things are not always as they appear on TV) but it doesn’t matter…I’m going by what I saw on TV and that’s good enough for me.

So when I saw a few years ago that Nick Charles was diagnosed with bladder cancer, I felt awful for him. We exchanged emails with me offering him support in his battle and he offering that he was planning to fight.

On June 24 of this year, Nick Charles lost his battle and we lost a pretty amazing sports broadcaster. His wife and four children (including Nick’s 5-year-old daughter) lost their patriarch. Their loss is immeasurably greater.

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