Charles Woodward Meighan Nov 9, 1889 - July 5, 1960S.F. Examiner July 1960
Rites Held For Charles W. Meighan
Charles Woodward Meighan, 70, one of San Francisco's radio
old timers and a crusading editor, was buried Monday at Golden
Gate National Cemetery. He died in Las Vegas July 5.
Mr. Meighan, a native of Atlantic, Iowa, was editor of the Laramie
Boomerang, a daily newspaper, at the age of 19. Later, he managed
a string of theaters in Oregon and for a time was president of the
National Motion Picture Producers Association.
After service in the Army in World War I, he became an
advertising executive in San Francisco. He later managed and
edited The Pacific Coast Architect, a monthly magazine.
He entered radio broadcasting when that industry was
in its infancy, becoming general manager of station KTAB
when it had studios in the Pickwick Hotel. As "Pick," the
"old janitor who just wandered into the studios" he had a
great popular following. This was one of the first programs
in the Nation which received telephone calls from listeners
Mr. Meighan later owned station KDB in Santa Barbara and,
after this, was a broadcasting executive in Phoenix, Arizona.
During the depression years, he owned and edited "The
Jumping Cactus," an Arizona weekly.
Early this year, Mr. Meighan retired as an Army civilian
His wife, Lucille, of 1176 Nimitz drive, Colma, survives,
as do three sons, Dr. Clement W. Meighan, UCLA archaeology
professor; Thomas Meighan, an aircraft executive of El
Segundo, and Donald Meighan, a lithograph company executive