Legendary broadcaster Ed Doolan is to be made an Honorary Life Member of Birmingham Press Club – the oldest of its kind in the world – at the Club’s Christmas Lunch on 16 December.
“It is no exaggeration to say that Ed has established a reputation for himself as one of the ‘giants’ of regional broadcasting, much-loved by legions of listeners, said Press Club president Bob Warman, “and it is with much pleasure that we are able to honour Ed in our own way.”
Award-winning Ed came to the Midlands in 1974, joining commercial radio station BRMB after a ten year teaching career in his native Australia and a spell at Radio Deutsche Welle - the German world service – in Cologne.
In 1982 Ed joined the BBC – and quickly became the Consumer’s Champion as he pioneered social action broadcasting, tackling dishonest traders and injustice.
One of the most-listened to presenters on BBC WM 95.6FM, Ed has also written more than 950 weekly columns for the Birmingham Mail, interviewed hundreds of leading celebrities and eight Prime Ministers – and taken time out to raise thousands of pounds for charity. He has also been installed in Radio’s Hall of Fame.
Earlier this year, Ed revealed that he was now suffering from dementia, the reason that he had stopped working on live radio. However, his popular interview recordings are still being aired on Sunday’s at Midday on BBC WM 95.6FM.