Operations Manager - Personality
When Ed Chandler speaks, you want to listen. His smooth voice draws you into the story he’s telling as much as the anecdote itself. You can hear that voice from 6 to 10 each weekday morning on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune.
The longtime on-air personality brings a background destined for the hall of fame. In fact, he earned a nomination to the Country Music On-Air Personality Hall of Fame last year.
“For a radio personality, it’s a big deal,” he says. “People like Ralph Emery and Bill Mack, just legendary people in country music radio, have been inducted into the hall of fame. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated among all those other great (on-air personalities).”
Life among the legends
There’s no denying Chandler’s influence on country music. If you’ve ever heard the duet “Good Hearted Woman” sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, you can thank Chandler for that. The two singers recorded the piece separately, but Chandler took both versions of the songs and mixed them together to create a duet. RCA officials heard the mix and got Jennings and Nelson to record it together. The single soared to the top of the charts and still gets frequent play.
Chandler spent many years in major markets developing his skills and style. His latest role before coming to KBEY was at Kerrville’s The Ranch 92.3 FM. When KBEY officials asked the veteran broadcaster to bring his talents to the Highland Lakes, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity, for both professional and personal reasons.
“I’ve been coming up to this area for years,” Chandler says. “I absolutely love the Hill Country, but when you have the lakes with it, it’s the best place in the world to live.”
He also looks at KBEY as an exciting new challenge, where both old and new media are mixing to increase community outreach at a radio station that has been growing stronger in recent years.
“We’re going to focus on local, local, local,” Chandler says. “We’re going to make this station’s reach into the community better than it has ever been.”
Tune in to KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, and you’ll see what he means.