KHMO, KICK-FM, Y101 and WLIQ General Manager Ed Foxall has retired after a 45-year career in broadcasting. The public is invited to help Ed celebrate his retirement during an open house at KHMO on Friday afternoon.

Ed began his career in the sales department at KHMO on February 17, 1969. He has been General Manager of the station since the 1980s.

"I came back from Europe and they were advertising for a sales representative, and I was green as a gourd and decided I'd apply, and they hired and the rest is history," said Foxall of how his association with the station began. "I used to do a lot of play-by-play for Palmyra... it's been a good run. The good Lord has blessed me richly."

Ed Foxall anchors Bids for Bargains on KHMO
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In addition to his role in broadcasting, Ed has also been heavily involved in numerous community organizations throughout the years, including spearheading a particularly successful United Way campaign. "Ed's campaign in 1994 was the first United Way campaign to go $100,000 over goal," said former United Way of the Mark Twain Area Executive Director Lou Lemen. "That was the only year that we were able to go back and give all of our agencies what they had asked for."

Leaps of Love is another local group that Ed has enthusiastically supported. Leaps of Love co-director Patty Light commended Ed's commitment to the organization during his 45th anniversary celebration on KHMO, "You have been one of the greatest supporters that Leaps of Love has had over the years. You've never told us no... We love you and we thank you for that."

To mark Ed Foxall's 45th year in broadcasting, he was presented the Key to the City of Hannibal by mayor Roy Hark in February.

Foxall told KHMO's neighbors at the Hannibal Courier-Post that he is looking forward to relaxing during his retirement, "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."

The public is invited to the KHMO studios at 119 N. 3rd in downtown Hannibal for a retirement open house/reception in Ed's honor on Friday, May 9 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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