Chuck Dauphin, a Billboard contributing author since 2011, died Wednesday (Sept. 18) of issues from diabetes. He was 45.

The longtime radio and music journalist was an esteemed Nashville fixture, well-known for his passionate help of nation music.

Throughout his final days at Nashville’s Alive Hospice, he was stored firm by a gradual stream of music neighborhood pals together with John Schneider (who sang The Dukes of Hazzard theme to him); one among his heroes, former WSM-Nashville DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey; and nation famous person Randy Travis. “If ever you needed a friend…or a kind word, you could count on Chuck Dauphin. A gentleman through all the years of my career, who always focused on the best in everyone,” Travis stated in an announcement. “Chuck was a gift to this world and leaves us all better because he crossed our paths. Rest now in peace and perfect health, Brother Chuck—Forever and Ever,  Amen.”

In 2014, Dauphin obtained the CMA Media Achievement Award, an honor voted on by the CMA member publicists in appreciation of journalists who promote nation music.

“I can’t carry a tune or play an instrument, but I have always loved telling people about music — whether a superstar like Tim McGraw or Lee Ann Womack, a legend like Kenny Rogers or a brand-new artist that nobody has ever heard of — yet,” Dauphin informed Billboard on the time.

“We will remember Chuck as first and foremost a true country music fan, second only to his skills as one of our genre’s most beloved journalists,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern informed Billboard upon listening to of Dauphin’s passing. “We’re grateful to have had the glory of awarding him with our CMA Media Achievement Award in 2014 along with his many contributions to CMA Shut Up all through the years. 

Dauphin’s well being had taken a flip for the more severe in summer season 2018, when he needed to have his foot amputated attributable to issues from diabetes and an an infection. Till his dying 13 months later, he was out and in of the hospital and rehab, however he continued to jot down for Billboard, most just lately interviewing Vince Gill simply weeks in the past about his newest album, Okie.

The piece was one among greater than 1,000 articles Dauphin estimated he had written for Billboard and different publications, together with Rolling Stone, Sounds Like Nashville and The Boot. “Regardless of his poor well being, all Chuck wished was to get again to writing and highlighting the artists he believed so passionately in,” says Melinda Newman, Billboard’s government editor, West Coast & Nashville. “Country artists had no better friend than Chuck. The love and regard he held for acts — whether they were newcomers or veterans — came through in every story that he wrote. Chuck was a true believer in country music and his faith never wavered. The depth of his knowledge greatly enhanced our coverage and we will miss him dearly.” 

Dauphin, who grew up in Burns, Tenn., outdoors of Nashville, was equally keen about radio, typically spending hours at evening trolling for tunes.

“I would scan down through the AM band at night, and find stations such as WBAP/Dallas, WWL/New Orleans, and WLW/Cincinnati. Each of those stations had live bodies on the air back then. I used to think it was so neat that at 12:30 a.m., you could hear them talking 500 miles away,” he said in 2014. “I actually developed my own imaginary radio station, WBRQ — W-Burns (my hometown in Tennessee)-Q. I would take my boom box that my grandmother had bought me, and would read ads from the local paper, and do intros and outros of the songs.” 

These expertise served him nicely when he began working as a radio broadcaster in 1991, throughout his junior 12 months in highschool, at WDKN, Dickson, Tenn. He labored there for 18 years, rose to program director and was recognized to everybody in Dickson County by his on-air persona, “Loopy Chucky.” His radio profession additionally included stops at WNKX, Centerville, Tenn., and Nashville’s WSM-AM.

Among the many survivors are his father Charles F. Dauphin, Jr.; his stepmother, Marcia Dauphin; stepson Zach Heath and stepdaughter Isabella Heath. Memorial service and funeral info will likely be introduced shortly right here or right here.

In lieu of flowers, his household asks that donations in Dauphin’s identify be made to Music Well being Alliance, MusiCares, Alive Hospice, The Opry Belief Fund or Nashville Humane Affiliation.

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