SALISBURY, MD. -- Charles Jones Truitt, 89, who founded the first radio station on Maryland's Eastern Shore and was a newspaper owner, died May 28 at Peninsula General Hospital here. The cause of death was not reported.
He was a founder of the Chesapeake Press Association and a principal founder of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Broadcasters Association. Mr. Truitt pioneered broadcasting on the Eastern Shore by creating its first radio station, WSMD-AM, in 1928.
He began his journalism career as a reporter on the Wicomico Countian and in 1923 helped create the Salisbury Evening Times. Four years later, he was a buyer of the Salisbury Times and the Wicomico News. He became an editorial writer and managing editor at the Times before selling his interest in the papers in 1938.
He served as executive secretary of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, then became vice president and general manager of Peninsula Broadcasting Co. and WBOC-AM. WBOC-FM, which went on the air 10 years later, was the shore's first FM radio station. In 1954, WBOC-TV went on the air and was the shore's only television station for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kathryn E., and two children.