FORT WAYNE - A fixture in the Fort Wayne radio scene has passed away. Charly Butcher spent more than 30 years in Fort Wayne radio with a successful morning show on WMEE-FM and, most recently, as host of Fort Wayne's Morning News on WOWO radio. Butcher was 61.

Butcher was part of WMEE's popular "Those Two Guys In The Morning" show with Tony Richards in the 1980s. He joined WOWO in the mid-2000s as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News With Charly Butcher." WOWO this morning hosted a tribute show to Butcher, with listeners, friends and co-workers sharing memories of his life and career.

Butcher is survived by his wife Sarah and three children. Many local and state leaders have issued statements and tributes.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4):

"Tonight my friends in northeast Indiana made me aware of the unfortunate news that my friend, revered WOWO broadcaster Charly Butcher, passed away. It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany Charly on his 'Morning News' segment over the years. Charly is a beacon of truth and courage to all that have known him and has always put the interests of his listeners and community first. Your legacy lives on, my friend.”

Congressman Jim Banks (R-3):

"Charly Butcher was a broadcasting icon and a beloved northeast Indiana legend. I am heartbroken about his passing, and I will forever cherish the moments I spent with Charly, both on and off air. Our entire region mourns his loss, but his irreplaceable voice and legacy will live on for generations to come. I offer my deepest condolences to Charly’s wife Sarah, his three children, his extended family and his colleagues at WOWO."

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) - on Twitter:

Sad news that @WOWOFORTWAYNE’s Charly Butcher has passed away. I enjoyed talking with him over the years, and he will be missed. I am thinking of Charly’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Senator Todd Young (R-IN) - on Twitter:

When you think of Fort Wayne you think of WOWO, and when you think of WOWO you think of Charly Butcher. I’m saddened by his passing and praying for his family.