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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Foxall retiring after 45 years in broadcasting

  • “God has blessed me in so many ways with a wonderful career,” said Ed Foxall, general manager of KHMO, KICK-FM, KRRY and WHIQ radio stations, who retired May 1 after 45 years in radio broadcasting.
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    “God has blessed me in so many ways with a wonderful career,” said Ed Foxall, general manager of KHMO, KICK-FM, KRRY and WHIQ radio stations, who retired May 1 after 45 years in radio broadcasting.
    His entire career has been with the same company, Townsquare Media, owner of the four stations.
    Foxall will be honored with an open house/retirement party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Hannibal radio station, 119 N. Third St.
    Townsquare Media has named David Greene of St. Louis the new general manager, effective immediately.
    Foxall began his radio career in the KHMO sales department in 1969. While sales were his full-time profession, he also did the play-by-play of local basketball and football on KHMO, mostly Palmyra games, in the 1970s and early 1980s.
    When Bick Broadcasting bought out KHMO and merged it with KIDS (now KICK-FM), Foxall was promoted to sales manager, then to general manager in the early 1990s. Bick Broadcasting then purchased Y101 and WLIQ, making it a four-station combo.
    Considering the most enjoyable aspects of his career, Foxall said, “meeting a variety of people. … I consider myself a people person and had an opportunity to meet some wonderful people.
    “I met lots of local folks and some sports athletes, and a lot of good folks in Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois.”
    Foxall has observed many changes over the last 45 years in the radio industry, reporting, “the most dramatic changes have occurred in the past five years with the coming of the digital age.
    “The radio stations have evolved to offer not only live and local radio but now adding cutting edge digital products. All four stations stream their programming across website players and Smart phones.”
    What advice would Foxall give someone planning a career in radio? “Radio has changed through the years, and it’s still a fun career and very rewarding.
    “It’s a digital world. They need to get a lot of digital background. Get all the digital education that you can.”
    “It’s been good being neighbors with the Hannibal Courier-Post all these years,” he added. “It’s good we have some strong media in our market.”
    Debbie Catlett, as retiring president of the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, honored Townsquare Media with her president’s business award on Jan. 18 of this year. When Foxall received the award for the company, he said, “God has richly blessed me in my career. I am glad I live in Hannibal, Mo.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Considering his future plans, Foxall said he “would like to relax. I have worked all my life, like lots of folks. I would like to maybe go fishing, play a little golf and spend more time with the grandkids.
    “I will stay active and get some things done that I haven’t had time to do. … And I will decide what to do for my next career.”
    Foxall noted he has “had the privilege of serving on numerous committees,” including serving as chairman of the Hannibal YMCA Board of Directors, and campaign chairman and president of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area. Foxall received the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce Pacesetter award in 1996. 

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