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The Many Faces of Ed Little
The many Faces of Ed Little
By Steve Cichon
ED LITTLE spent an astonishing 62 years on radio, nearly all of it in Buffalo and Rochester. His awe-inspiring career took root in 1938 when he stepped in front of the microphone at WEBR as a child actor with a grown-up voice. Later he played many parts on stage and on the air with the UCLA Campus Theater troupe. During World War II, Little carried a wire recorder aboard B-29 bombing missions over Japan and delivered the play-by-play description for later playback on NBC. Joining WEBR as a music personality post-war, he soon became host of the late-night Town Casino broadcast, interviewing every megastar of the 1950s—from Danny Thomas and Tony Bennett to Johnnie Ray and Rosemary Clooney—at that storied nightclub. During 1958-64 he lit up the night airwaves at KFMB San Diego, then returned to Buffalo for an eye-opening career shift—becoming the newsman during Joey Reynolds' nighttime romp on WKBW. Following 14 years as the afternoon news anchor at WBBF Rochester, Little in 1981 joined the news team at WBEN, where his trademark delivery continued to add a sense of distinction to that station’s aura until his retirement in 2000. Ed Died in 2001.

Ed Little in Images

Ed in the Newsroom
Ed taking a feed in the WBEN Newsroom, 2000.
Ed in the Newsroom
Ed shows his pearly whites.
Ed Little
Ed at the center of the WBEN News Team, 1984.
Ed Little
Another shot in the WBEN lobby... Ed again in the middle. Left to right: Kevin Keenan, Brandy Scrufari, Ed, Bill Lacy, John Murphy.
Ed Little
One of Ed's charms was that he never really gave up the typewriter... In this 1998 script, you can see the cross outs on a script that was written on a word processor. Ed never used the backspace or delete keys.
Ed Little
Your webmaster... With his good pal Ed.
Ed Little
This is a sales sheet on the WBEN Newsroom, 1984.
Ed Little
Classic Ed here... This 1946 shot was taken just after he got back from the war.

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