Edmund Craney life info
Ed Craney MONTPELIER, Idaho - Ed Craney, 86, a long-time long-time long-time resident of Butte, Mont., and a pioneer in radio and television broadcasting in Washington and Montana, died April 6 in Montpelier leaving behind behind a legacy of accomplishments in radio and television broadcasting. He was born Feb. 19, 1905, in Spokane, Wash. He moved to Butte during the late 1920s, where he lived for most of his life. He later moved to St. George for several years and spent the last five years of his life on a ranch near Montpelier Montpelier with his son and daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law, James and Darlene Craney. He was preceded in death by his father, James Edmund Craney; his mother, Lucy Blodgett Craney ; a brother, Oliver; and three sisters, sisters, Emily Craney, Cora Johnson and Martha Wiberg. He is survived survived by a son, James, of Montpelier; Montpelier; a grandson, Edward Brody, Montpelier; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Elizabeth Kotter, Moscow, Idaho; and two nieces, Marjorie Schader, Yelm, Wash., and Betty Marion, Seattle. As a youth, he tinkered with ham radios for a hobby. At the age of 17, he built and operated a radio transmitter in Spokane, Wash, which went on the air in October 1922 as station KFDC, later to become KXLY. In 1929, he put KGIR on the air, the first radio station in Butte. It later operated under the call letters KXLF. From these early efforts a chain of "XL" stations was created, including those in Ellensburg, Wash., Portland, Portland, Ore., Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula, Mont. As an active broadcaster, he was honored with a Peabody Award in 1947 for his coverage of the State Legislature. During the 1950s, he pioneered in the creation of a translator network enabling television television signals to reach remote areas and was recognized as the "Father of Translators." Upon retirement in the mid-'60s, mid-'60s, mid-'60s, he established the Greater Montana Foundation, dedicated dedicated to the betterment of broadcasting broadcasting in Montana. In 1979, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from Montana State University at Bozeman.