Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
June 19, 2013
For Immediate Release
WKNO Announces Charles A. “Mr. Chuck” Scruggs Community Room
WKNO Board Members, staff and special guests gathered on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, for the dedication of the Charles A. “Mr. Chuck” Scruggs Community Room in the WKNO Digital Media Center in Cordova.
For more than fifteen years, the longtime television personality and community education advocate has been known to Mid-South families as “Mr. Chuck”, the beloved host of WKNO’s children's television series Hello, Mr. Chuck! Scruggs passed away on January 18, 2013, at the age of 80.
To commemorate the impact Mr. Chuck had on the mission of WKNO, the community room inside the WKNO Digital Media Center was named in his honor. Completed in 2009, the WKNO Digital Media Center is the center of all broadcast operations for WKNO-TV and WKNO-FM. The community room, which is located just inside the front doors, is used for a variety of educational events for the community, such as community workshops and free tax preparation with AARP.
“There are no words to really describe the impact Mr. Chuck had on all of us at WKNO and the children of the Mid-South,” said Michael J. LaBonia, WKNO President and CEO. “By dedicating this room in his honor, we have created a permanent place for Mr. Chuck within the very architecture of our mission. With his dedication to our community, it is fitting that our community room be named for him.”
As WKNO’s Education Manager, Scruggs spearheaded an ongoing community partnership among WKNO Ready to Learn and Memphis City Schools, head start programs, child care centers and community service agencies. Through his parenting workshops and frequent informal visits to Mid-South schools and community organizations, he promoted awareness of media literacy, early childhood brain development, stress management within the family, information on how children learn to read, and much more.
The new Charles A. “Mr. Chuck” Scruggs Community Room featured a display of tiles painted by Mr. Chuck’s young viewers in 2006 to honor WKNO’s 50th anniversary.
In addition, June 19, 2013, was named “Mr. Chuck Day” by proclamations from Memphis City Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 56 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org
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