Born in 1926, Edward F. McLaughlin began in radio in 1958 as a
salesman for an Oakland radio station. In 1964, ABC hired him as
general sales manager for KGO/San Francisco, one of the areas
first news/talk stations.
McLaughlin left San Francisco for New York in 1972, to become president
of the ABC Radio Networks. During his 14-year tenure as president,
McLaughlin increased the number of ABC affiliates and purchased
Watermark, the radio syndication company responsible for Casey
Kasems American Top 40.
In 1987, McLaughlin founded EFM Radio, a production company devoted
to talk radio. The following year, he produced The Rush Limbaugh
Show, a daytime talk show centering on political issues, featuring
an opinionated, up-and-coming commentator from Sacramento. By 1990,
The Rush Limbaugh Show had become a fixture on over 200 stations
and revived the struggling talk-radio genre.
Through EFM Radio, McLaughlin also produced and syndicated The
Dr. Dean Edell Show, a medical talk show that airs on over 400
In 1998, McLaughlin became Chairman of the Board at the Broadcasters
Foundation, an organization devoted to helping broadcasters in need.
Edward F. McLaughlin was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in
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