By Don Corrigan
A longtime friend of nature and the outdoors, broadcaster Charlie Brennan at KMOX Radio, stepped away from the microphone in May after doing his last morning show on the “Mighty MOX.”
Brennan hosted his final radio program on the Audacy station on May 12. He worked for more than 30 years with “News Radio 1120” KMOX-AM, which was once one of the flagship stations for the CBS Radio Network.
He joined KMOX to work evenings and weekends in 1998, after his early years at WNTN in Boston. Within two years, he began hosting the mid-morning shift where he has been heard ever since.
Brennan was inducted into the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named “One of the Most Influential St. Louisans” for five years in a row by The St. Louis Business Journal.
An Irishman who benefited from “the gift of gab,” Brennan had no problem filling up his many hours of broadcasts, and he used that time to advocate for the entire St. Louis region.
With the backing of KMOX, Brennan promoted clean-up efforts in St. Louis communities; raised money for flood victims; helped push the Missouri legislature to restore medical benefits to the blind; and raised more than $100,000 to erect a statue honoring native rock n’ roll legend Chuck Berry.
Beautifying the Outdoors
Brennan took advantage of his position to push for the beautification of St. Louis with the planting of flowers in gray urban landscapes. He also was an advocate for cleaning up trash and litter in the Gateway City.
Brennan loved trees. He said he always enjoyed making the trek to Kirkwood and Webster Groves because of the woodsy terrain. He also liked the old suburbs’ homes made of wood – not brick like so much of St. Louis.
He said the frame homes remind him of New England, where he lived for 10 years. Brennan has lived in Clayton in recent years. He has been a tree planter and advocate for native plants.
Brennan’s love for trees and the outdoors inspired him to lead a hike with his fans on the trails of Powder Valley one summer day. The Webster-Kirkwood Times newspapers accompanied him on the famous jaunt.
Powder Valley Nature Center and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s many activities to get young people interested in the outdoors always received a nod from Brennan on his daily broadcasts.