We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel
Charlie who was born on October 20, 1948, passed from this life on June 6, 2021.
To say that Charlie loved music would be an understatement. He got the radio bug while in high school at Bishop McGuinness, and after a few years in a traditional college, he followed his dream and attended broadcasting school. Charlie’s first job in Radio was in Pawhuska, OK, and then he returned to Oklahoma City to work at WKY-FM, KOCY, and KXLS. In late 1972, he packed up and moved the family to Wichita, KS to work at KEYN AM and FM. While there, he worked the mid-day shift, was the Music Director, and earned the national title of Medium Market Music Director of the year two years in a row. The station rose to the number three station in Wichita during his time there. Charlie left KEYN to join the number two station KLEO and helped to make it the number one AM “Top 40” station within a year.
After nearly four years away from home, he packed up the family again and moved back to the Oklahoma City area and went to work at KNOR in Norman. After some time at KNOR, Charlie was hired to work as both a jockey and an Assistant Program Director at the only station he ever really wanted to work for - KOMA. When the program director left KOMA, he recommended Charlie to replace him where he worked both the morning show and as Program Director. In 1979, Charlie left radio to go into business for himself, and he owned and operated Cusack Feed for 25 years and worked at Physicians Mutual before retiring. While running Cusack Feed and working at Physicians Mutual, he never stopped talking about the good old days working in radio and particularly at KOMA. After a chance meeting in early 2007 with KOMA Program Director, Kent Jones, Charlie was offered a weekend shift at KOMA. Although Charlie’s golden voice remained, he entered a whole new world with a sound board and digital music - no more spinning records!
Charlie always felt that someone was looking out for him. He missed attending a meeting at the Murrah Building on the morning of April 19th, 1995, and his family survived the May 3rd, 1999 tornado sheltered in the first floor of their home.
Charlie, who lived the majority of his life in Moore, OK, is survived by Pam Cusack, his wife of 39 years, his four daughters Kristen of Aurora, CO; Karen Lent, her husband Terry and their children Jackson and Jordan of Oklahoma City; Kathryn and her son Mason of Moore, OK; and Kimberly and her son Remy of Moore, OK. Charlie was the oldest (and according to him the best looking) of eleven siblings Richard; Steve and his wife Genita; Frances Gray and her husband Terry; Davey; Al and his wife Sandra; Mark and his wife Dianne; Mary Anne; Ronnie and his wife Shannon; and Donnie and his wife Sandi. He was preceded in death by his parents Francis “Hank” and Ella Mae Cusack and his brother, eddy. Charlie also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a wake service at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Moore on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 6:00 pm. Rite of Catholic Burial at St Andrew on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 am. Internment at 3:00 pm at Rose Hill Cemetery.