Ed Wilson - Legacy

Ed Wilson’s St. Louis radio career spanned 30 years, with a brief hiatus for a trip to California.

In May of 1942 he moved to St. Louis from a radio job in Chicago and became a folksy-talking disc jockey at KWK, a job he held for 16 years. He had a huge fan base among teenagers and also hosted a local teen dance show on television, the weekly “St. Louis Hop.”

A change in KWK’s ownership was the motivation for Wilson to move uptown to KSD in 1958, where his popularity continued. When he went to Hollywood to try his hand at movies, Wilson’s voice was still heard here. He appeared on KSD via recorded programs and still voiced many local commercials.

Returning to St. Louis in 1962, Ed Wilson admitted movies were not for him, and he took a disc jockey job at WIL. After two years there, he took a job at WEW, only to return to WIL in 1970.