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Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Ramsay “Ed” McCrea (1922-1991)


Born at Winnipeg in 1922, following graduation from East Kildonan Collegiate, in 1940 he enlisted in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and served during the Second World War. Following his military discharge, he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Radio Arts at Toronto where his instructors included Lorne Green, Andrew Allen, and John Drainie. After graduation he joined the staff of Winnipeg radio station CKRC where he read the news and hosted “Saturday Night Ballroom.” At CBC radio, he performed in hundreds of radio plays and was heard across Canada. When CKY radio became privatized under Moffat Broadcasting, he was its first Program Director. After a brief time in Toronto as Sales Manager at G. N. McKenzie in Toronto, he returned to Winnipeg in 1960 as the Sales Manager for the new CKY television station. He also wrote and broadcast the syndicated radio program “The Car Counsellor” on 40 Canadian and US radio station through the 1960s, and for 25 years he created the curriculum for the National Institute of Broadcasting. He died at Winnipeg on 18 May 1991.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 1991, page 34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 December 2015

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