2000 Inductee

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. During World War II, Little carried a wire recorder aboard -29 bombing mission over Japan and delivered the play-by-play description for later broadcast over NBC. Joining WEBR as a music personality post-war, he soon became host of the late-night Town Casino show, 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 the 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 ad sense of distinction to that station’s aura until his retirement in 2002. Ed passed away in 2001.

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