Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960 with 2 stars. Comments
Quick Facts
June 13,
Merino, Colorado, USA
Univ of CA, Berkeley

Ralph Livingstone Edwards was an American radio and television host and television producer.

Born in Merino, Colorado, Edwards worked for KROW-AM in Oakland, California while he was still in high school. After graduating from high school in 1931, he worked his way through college at the University of California, Berkeley, earning a B.A. in English in 1935. While there, he worked at every job from janitor to producer at Oakland's KTAB. Failing to get a job as a high school teacher, he worked at KFRC and then hitchhiked across the country to New York, where, he said, "I ate ten-cent meals and slept on park benches". After some part time announcing jobs, he got his big break in 1938 with a fulltime job for the Columbia Broadcasting System on WABC, where he worked with two other young announcers who would become broadcasting fixtures - Mel Allen and Andre Baruch.

The young broadcaster had an assured, professional manner, and in a few short years he was well established as a nationally famous announcer. It was Edwards who introduced Major Bowes every week on the Original Amateur Hour and Fred Allen on Town Hall Tonight. Edwards perfected a chuckling delivery, sounding as though he was in the midst of telling a very funny story. This "laugh in the voice" technique served him well when 20th Century Fox hired him to narrate the coming-attractions trailers for Laurel and Hardy movies. He later used the conspiratorial chuckle frequently when surprising someone on his programs.

comments powered by Disqus