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Name: Ed Whalen  
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Date of Birth: 8th July 1927
Place of Birth: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Profession: Actor
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Ed Whalen (born July 8, 1927 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; died December 4, 2001 in Venice, Florida) was a Canadian television personality and journalist best known worldwide for hosting the popular professional wrestling TV series Stampede Wrestling, a forerunner to today's World Wrestling Entertainment.

Whalen was also a popular sportcaster in Calgary, Alberta whose nickname "Whalin' Ed" was indicative of his famous nasal announcing voice.

Ed Whalen was studying medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1948 when he dropped out to take a part-time job in radio broadcasting at CFQC radio. In 1955, he moved to Calgary and became the News and Sports Director for the new Calgary TV station CHCT (later popularly known as 2&7, and then Calgary 7, and later still as part of the Global Television network).

While at his CHCT job, the late Calgary wrestling legend Stu Hart (father of world-famous Bret Hart and the late Owen Hart) asked Ed to work for him on his new wrestling show. Ed gained worldwide fame for being the ringside announcer of the wildly popular Stampede Wrestling from 1958 to 1981 (plus a short-lived later revival). Although the show hasn't been in production for years, it is still popular in reruns around the world. The show popularized several Whalen catch phrases including "It's going to be a ring-a-ding-dong dandy!" and his trademark sign-off, "In the meantime and in-between time."

After his time with Stampede Wrestling, Ed became beloved by Calgarians as the official television voice of the Calgary Flames on 2&7/Calgary 7 from 1980 (right after the city won the NHL franchise) until his retirement in 1999. Whalen also wrote a weekly column in the Calgary Sun newspaper for many years, and even after his retirement he continued to make occasional appearances on TV and still wrote his column. He also was a regular local host of the Children's Miracle Network telethon.

Whalen died of a heart attack while on vacation in Florida in 2001. The broadcasting booth in Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome (home of the Calgary Flames) was renamed the Ed Whalen Broadcast Booth in his honour. A year after his death, his wife released a CD of musical recordings Whalen made, with the proceeds going to charity.

External Links

  • Wrestling Informer page
  • Biographical page

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