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Ed Shadburne

Ed Shadburne

2011

Helped bring Kentucky broadcast journalism into modern era. As secretary-treasurer of Kentucky Broadcasters Association for five years in 1960s, built KBA to level where it could pay an executive director. Built local news operation of Louisville’s WLKY-TV as station’s vice president and general manager, 1963-70. Executive vice president and general manager of WHAS-TV-AM-FM, Louisville, 1970-75; improved operations and won numerous awards. Vice president and general manager of General Electric-owned TV and radio stations in Nashville, early 1980s. Native of Louisville, Navy veteran of World War II. Began career at WHIR Radio, Danville, while attending Centre College. Worked at stations in Tampa and Fort Myers, Fla., Paintsville, Ky., Mobile, Ala., and Colorado Springs; owned and operated WCPM in Cumberland, Ky., and WHAN in Haines City, Fla.; managed WLOU in hometown of Louisville. Left retirement in 1996-97 to oversee merger of Louisville public TV station with KET.