Edward “Ed” Kay, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at home on April 5, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
Ed worked at CFRN-TV, a CTV affiliate, as Chief Announcer. He retired in 1987, after 34 years of service. He loved golfing, sailing, painting and tinkering around his house and yard. He was very involved in the lives of his grandkids and was always a big supporter of them.
Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rose; son, Jim; daughters, Cindy and Keri; seven loving grandchildren; Tyler, Christi, Kristin, Amy, Kortnee, Parker and Curtis; and nine great-grandchildren.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, there will be a private family celebration later this summer. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared through parkmemorial.com
Published in the Edmonton Journal on April 10, 2021
Click here to see Ed Kay’s huge CFRN-TV Photo Album.
Ed Kay must be one of the few Edmonton broadcasters who spent an entire career at the same station. During his thirty-three years at CFRN-TV, Ed’s familiar face and voice earned him many fans in all areas served by ‘RN’s TV signal.
He began his career in 1956 after graduating from the Radio College of Canada in Montreal. Ed joined CFRN as Control Room operator and junior announcer, soon becoming a staff announcer, and, in 1961, was promoted to Chief Announcer.
One highlight of Ed’s career was The Noon Show, featuring many on-air high jinks shared by George Lund and Doug McFarland. He remembers that every day brought something different — ad-libbed commercials, skits, cooking tips, even advice on diapering babies! On one occasion, a furniture sponsor donated a mattress which they tore apart on the air!
On a more serious note, Ed interviewed guests on Alberta A.M., did some News fill-ins, and weather reports which were done the hard way — on a blackboard, with chalk.
After greatly enjoying his many years at CFRN-TV, Ed Kay retired in 1989.