After 26 Years on KORD-FM, the Legends Of Country Show with Ed Dailey Signs Off.
For the last 26 years, Sunday mornings on 102.7 KORD in Tri-Cities, Washington have been blessed. Blessed with the deep baritone voice of Ed Dailey, his stories, meaningful conversation, warmth, and of course, the music on ‘The Legends of Country Show’.
As mentioned on his website, Ed allowed his listeners, young and old to learn and reminisce about the early days of radio and country music; when on-air callers and requests were common. Ed brought his personal stories about the good ole days and mixed them with country music history, most of which he knew off the top of his head – off-script into a live open microphone.
Besides his radio show on KORD, Ed has been involved with hundreds of fundraisers for the needy, organized concerts, promoted shows, worked with Waymaker Ministries, and is a great singer and performer. He has also taught Radio at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick for many years with many of his students going on to work at KORD and other radio stations within the area and around the country.
On a personal note, I have worked with Ed for the last 23 years at KORD. As the program director of KORD, one of the challenges I faced early on was pressure from out-of-town corporate consultants who felt the show was out-of-date and needed to be changed, but one of my agreements with Ed from the beginning was to let Ed be Ed – in other words, he had complete control of the music, the stories, the guests, the interviews, and the callers. 7:00 am to 10:00 am on Sunday was all his - to do what he loved to do – connect with people.
Ed would often ask me if I wanted him to change anything, and my response was always, “not a thing”. You see, Ed’s time slot was ranked #1 with adults for most, if not all, of his 26 years. Week after week, I received calls, emails, and letters from listeners telling me how much they loved his show. Many said it was their favorite part of the week.
Ed called me a few days ago to let me know that because of his battle with cancer, he is no longer able to do the show. He said it is time to close the chapter. He wanted me to pass along a big thank you to all his fans for being so loyal over the years. He loves each and everyone one of you without exception.
Please keep praying for Ed and his family as he continues his fight against a very aggressive cancer. God bless you, Ed Dailey. Sunday mornings on KORD will never be the same.
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