The world of radio collectors lost a pioneer in the hobby
with the recent death of Ed Corcoran.

Ed Corcoran
Ed Corcoran

All of us here at the Golden Age site were saddened to learn of the death, in October, 2011, of Ed Corcoran, who co-hosted The Golden Age of Radio with me for seven years on WTIC,
Ed and I first met in 1965 and he appeared with me regularly on radio and TV for the next twelve years.

Ed was one of the very first to begin recording, collecting and preserving the old network radio shows he had listened to as a child.  His unique interest prompted him to call me and ask me if I would be interested in discussing and playing some of these old programs on WTIC.  We didn’t have clearances on the shows, so we opted to play only a few minutes of each program as a teaser.  Because our audience was in their mid to late thirties these excepts hit a responsive chord with them, assuring additional appearances over the years.

When Ed began to tell me of people now living in the Connecticut area who had once worked on these great radio shows I asked him if he would be interested in co-hosting a monthly interview program so that we might talk about those wonderful days.  The result was “The Golden Age of Radio” whose shows are preserved on this website.
We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to Ed for having gotten started early enough in his hobby to help us all to preserve the memories of this wonderful and bygone era.

Dick Bertel

Obiturary from the Hartford Courant

Edward J. Corcoran, age 87, of South Windsor (Connecticut), died October 5, 2011 at Manchester Memorial Hospital from complications following emergency surgery.

He was the son of the late James and Grace Corcoran of Whitestone, New York, where he was educated in the parochial schools.  Edward was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 902 Army Air Corps.  He attended Iona college and graduated from Ohio University in 1951.

At Ohio University he met Dorothy June Cook of Pomeroy, OH.  In September this year they celebrated 61 years of marriage.  He is survived by his wife Dorothy, three children, James Corcoran and his wife Christine, Michael Corcoran and his wife Lyn, and Caryl (Corcoran) Brodeur, her husband Rock, seven grandchildren, Paul, George, Peter, Daniel, and Julianne Corcoran and Melanie and Gregory Brodeur.  Edward was a computer programmer, having worked for Remington Rand, Friden, and private companies such as Rosow’s and Bristol Brass.  He taught computer programming classes at Hartford State Technical School for a few years.

He was a member of the Big Band Sound of the ‘40s and co-hosted The Golden Age of Radio with Dick Bertel at WTIC.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Celiac Sprue Association/USA Inc., P.O. Box 31700, Omaha, NE 689-131-0700  To sign the online guestbook please visit 

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