Ed Shane was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 22, 2016. He was part of a class of eleven Legacy inductees.
Ed’s work in the Atlanta area included his first full-time job at age 16 at WRIX, Griffin, which he always referred to as “the third station in a two-station market.”
Ed worked at WAKE, home of both Bill Drake and Paul Drew; WQXI, WGST, and WIGO. He was mentored in production by Paul Drew and in getting his gospel records played by Bob McKee. As a high school kid, he worked with Atlanta morning legend Hank Morgan, recreating baseball games.
Ed’s greatest achievement in Atlanta was the creation of WPLO-FM, the first progressive rock FM in the south. He brought bands like the Allman Brothers and Chicago to mass audiences through WPLO-FM and was respected for his helping the youth community in Atlanta.
Pam Shane and Ed’s daughter Dana Holsclaw accepted the award. His godmother and four cousins also attended the event at the Strand Theater in Marietta.
Ed Shane went on to work at radio stations in Los Angeles and Chicago, before moving to Houston in 1973 to make more FM history with KRBE. He also worked as morning man and programmer at KODA-FM and created an updated version of “Girls Talk” at KILT-AM. He won a Gabriel award for writing the special Woodstock: Ten Years Later.
Ed founded Shane Media Services, a full-service consulting firm in 1977, and assisted stations all over the United States and Canada until his death in 2015.
Ed wrote four books on the art and science of radio and mentored countless numbers of people with successful careers in the radio industry.
He founded the Texas Music Chart in 2000 and gave form and function to the artists working in the Country and alternative Country genre in the state.
Ed was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.
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