Ed McDade started in radio in 1980 at WHKP at the age of 15. He worked as a part-time board operator, and was taken 'under the wing' of then WHKP Chief Engineer Norman Lyda. Ed went to Radio Engineering School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983 where he earned his General Class (used to be the First Class) license. At the age of 18, Ed became Chief Engineer of an AM/FM combo in Raleigh, NC and started Blue Ridge Consultants where he contracted out RF Engineering services to radio stations in the Carolinas and Virginia. Ed took a brief break from radio in 1993 and did Industrial RF for a company in Wilkesboro, NC. In this position, he was fortunate enough to be sent all over the world to work on radio frequency drying machines. In 1997, he returned to commercial broadcasting with Entercom Communications in Greenville, SC where he currently serves as FM Chief Engineer. After thirty PLUS years in the broadcast business, Ed likes the symmetry of coming back to work at the station where he first started. He has traveled all over the US and several countries throughout the world and he cannot think of a better place to raise his son and to live than right here in Henderson County.
Ed is 'spear-heading' the installation of the FM facility for WHKP, which will be heard on 107.7 FM.