2016 Legacy Inductee


Ed Shane


1945 - 2015

Ed Shane was born in Atlanta on June 26, 1945. He began his radio career in Griffin at WRIX. While attending Georgia State University he worked as an announcer and newsman at WQXI. In 1968, he was named Program Director at WPLO-FM in Atlanta, one of the nation’s first rock FM stations. He moved to Los Angeles as PD of KKDJ and then to Chicago for the same position at WGLD-FM.  He moved to Houston in 1973 to accept the position of Station Manager at KRBE, one of the nation’s first FM Top 40 stations. Later he joined the management team at News-Talk KTRH. His multi-format experience and interest in the product side of radio led to his founding Shane Media in 1977. Shane Media’s client list has included the largest radio companies in America as well as individually-owned stations in a variety of markets. The company launched Best in Texas Music Magazine in 2001. Ed was responsible for the editorial policies and contributed a monthly “Publisher’s Letter,” outlining his perspective on the music industry. He authored of several books including the undergraduate college textbook, Selling Electronic Media, adopted by more than 55 colleges and universities. He wrote essays in The Encyclopedia of Radio and The Guide to U.S. Popular Culture and of numerous articles for trade and academic journals.   He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media. Shane died in 2015.

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