Charles Hanson

hansonA widely known personality who made his mark on Wisconsin radio over a 45 year career, he was especially noted for his 29 year tenure at WISN-AM, Milwaukee, where his easy warmth, ready wit and sidekick ‘Shaky’ were a morning drive time staple from 1956-86. His early broadcasting career included service at WWCF-FM, Madison and WAPL-AM Appleton radio stations, as well as WBAY-TV, Green Bay and WISN-TV, Milwaukee. He retired from his afternoon show on WOKY-AM, Milwaukee, in 1990, as one of Wisconsin’s legendary entertainment figures.

Charles Hanson passed away on September 17, 1998.

10 Comments

  1. jeff brandt

    Thanks for the video! I listened every day starting when I moved to Milwaukee in 1970 to the end of his show. I loved it and still smile thinking back on it. Here’s to you Charlie, and Shakey!

  2. Florence Hanson,

    My dear Father in Law, that was so talented, and adored by his family. An honerable, very human man, we used to hold hands when we went to church. I learned alot about devotion from my adopted family, and our children did, as well. Betty, his wife was a huge part of his sucess ; she made it possible for Charlie and Shakey to thrive.

  3. Bob Geniusz

    I remember him saying, “Put a Dotch (his way of saying Dodge) in your Gratch (garage pronounced to rhyme with Dotch) He had at least 3 other characters but I do not remember all of their names.

  4. Ted Grob,Jr

    I would like to buy the CD, The Best of Charlie Hanson. The only copy I have found so far is at Marquette U. I can listen to it, but not buy or copy it.

    I would also hope the family would put Shaky up north during hunting season on U-Tube so we could all enjoy it.

    That was a classic.

  5. Lynn yeazel

    Can you tell what year and what age Charlie Hanson died? I grew up I peshtigo, watched him on Wbay and worked at what.

  6. For Dan,

    Your dad was the only one of his kind. Many have tried to copy Charlie and Shaky. In 1990, I lost my job in New York. I cam home after 17 years of being away and was so surprised to fin him on WOKY. While mapping a strategy of looking for a new job at my folk’s kitchen table, I flipped on their kitchen radio. Your dad was on the radio and I popped in a casette, recorded all of the show except for the commercials and the music. I got a few segments down at the Idle Hour Cafe and Shaky’s new girlfriend, Ernestine Borgnine. It was a difficult time for me, but you dad lightened my load in a way that cannot be described. He made me laugh and changed my outlook on my plight. I hoped to meet him one day and tell him face-to-face what he meant to me all those years, growing up in Milwaukee.

    Keith

  7. Randy cox

    Charlie Hanson was an original. I remember growing up in Racine in the 60’s and 70’s listening to him because my parents always had him on in the car when my dad went to work or my mom at the house.. I heard him by accident. I usually listened to WOKY, but I also loved listening to WISN in the mornings. I fell in love with shakey and wish I could find a CD of him now. He was part of my life and miss those days. The world was a better place when Charlie was in it. God bless him and Shakey

  8. Anonymous

    I am a long-time, major-market radio host. People like Charlie have touched so many people’s lives over the years. And these are the true entertainers, because besides making an average salary, there is little else fine performers like Charlie want in return. Like he said, and I agree, it’s an honor just to have you listen. That’s what makes fine radio people tick. They’ll never win a Grammy, or be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but gosh what would we do without them. Thank you, too, Charlie, as you had touched my life each morning when i got up to dress for school – dreaming that one day i could be on the radio, and then following in your step. Way to go, Charlie. There is interest in getting Charlie’s CD from various people on this chat. Maybe his son would be able to make that available again. It’s a legacy worth sharing 🙂

  9. l hickey

    where can i find the song ‘sweet sause’ that charlie used to play on the radio?

  10. Thor Hanson

    Really great to read all these nice comments about Grandpa Charlie on his birthday.

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