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End of an era for radio legend Ed Doolan
Ed Doolan
Ed Doolan began broadcasting in Birmingham, February 1974

Award winning radio legend Ed Doolan joined BBC WM in 1982 and became known as the 'Consumer's Champion'.

Ed's morning and lunchtime shows have gained a loyal following of listeners over the years.

He continues to be one of the most listened-to radio presenters in the West Midlands.

Over the years Doolan has covered many breaking news stories and interviewed numerous big celebrity names and political leaders.

Ed Doolan

Legendary interviews

The presenter, originally from Australia, now regards Birmingham as his home. Ed Doolan began broadcasting in Birmingham in February 1974 and joined BBC WM in 1982.

He has won numerous broadcasting awards and in 2004 became the first BBC Local Radio personality to be inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.

Ed Doolan came to BBC WM from commercial radio and began by presenting a show between 12pm and 1pm, which was repeated in the evening. He then did a stint on the breakfast show before moving to mid-mornings and is now currently back in the slot where he started presenting week day news and a current affairs programme between 12pm and 2pm.

In his 28 years at BBC WM, Ed has interviewed numerous celebrity names and political leaders including; HRH The Princess Royal, Nelson Mandela, Sir Cliff Richard and six UK Prime Ministers including Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and David Cameron.

Dream career

From 1974 to 1982 Ed was a presenter at Birmingham's first commercial radio station BRMB, joining BBC WM in 1982.
Between 1982 and 1987, Ed also presented 'Tuesday People' and 'Doolan at Large' on BBC Two, as well as standing in for Jimmy Young and Bryan Hayes on Radio 2 in the 1990's.
Ed was awarded the coveted MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honors List in 1999.
He was also awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of the University from The University of Central England in 1999
He was also awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of the University from The University of Central England in 1999 and an Honorary degree of Doctor of Science from University of Aston in 2001.
Ed Doolan has become fondly known in the West Midlands as the "Consumer's Champion" fighting for the rights of his listeners.

In November 2010 BBC WM celebrated 40 years in broadcasting .

After starting life as BBC Radio Birmingham in 1970 broadcasting from the Pebble Mill studios in Edgbaston, the station led the BBC's big move in 2004 to it's new home at the Mailbox in Birmingham city centre. Ed Doolan was the first presenter to officially broadcast from the new studios.

Ed has described his 28 years on the station as "something I could never have dreamt of".

"What I wanted to do with my life was to become a broadcaster. After 10 years teaching, I was able to do that and to have spent most of my broadcasting life with BBC WM is as great a thrill as I could ever wish to have," explains Ed.

End of an Era

On 22 February Ed Doolan told his listeners that he had decided it was time to take things a little easier.

Later this year he will step down from four lunchtime news shows a week, but will continue with the Friday Lunchtime Show and will launch a new Sunday Funday show on Sundays between 8 - 11am.

"With the milestone of seven zero looming ahead there are some decisions that need to be made. I am not retiring, resigning or calling it a day," he stresses. "But I simply cannot continue the current work schedule of seven days a week - some live, some not - as it is unfair to those of you who have to prop me up," says Ed.

"I really want to have a go at the new Sunday show," enthuses Ed. "It will feature material from my own archives, 'The Other Sides Of', some lively studio and phone-in debates, as well as consumer phone-ins. We're also planning a series of specials but more about that in September!"

Lunch with Ed

Doolan will host a new look Sunday show and reduce his weekday appearances to one from autumn 2011. Until then Ed will continue to host his 12 - 2pm lunchtime programme.


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