Charles Edward "Eddie" Hubbard (August 29, 1917 – March 26, 2007) was an American easy-listening disc jockey and radio personality in Chicago, at such radio stations as WIND and WGN. At WGN he co-hosted a popular show with Jack Brickhouse.
Early Years In Chicago
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Hubbard moved to Chicago in the mid-1940s. He worked at WIND-AM and hosted stage shows at the big Loop theaters. He also played the ukulele, performing at lounges around Chicago on weekends. In 1956, he joined WGN as a personality. In addition to his regular duties, that included hosting the morning drive time show until 1965, he appeared on the Saturday night "Barn Dance" show. He wrote some of TV scripts for Hawaiian Eye and Love, American Style.
In 1990, he moved to from Chicago to Dallas, the new home of the Satellite Music Network, known later as the ABC Radio Network, where he was the afternoon host on the Stardust format and was heard on hundreds of stations. While with ABC, Hubbard teamed with Dallas radio legend Bud Buschardt. Prior to his move to Dallas, Hubbard broadcast at WJJD, again playing popular recordings of the 1940s/1950s.
Hubbard was married to Jackie Smith (née Alice Jacqueline Hartman), first publicity director of Mercury Records, and the mother of Conrad Robert Falk, who would later become actor Robert Conrad. Hubbard thus was Conrad's stepfather for approximately a decade until he and Smith divorced around 1958.
Hubbard died, aged 89, on March 26, 2007 in a Fort Worth, Texas hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was survived by his wife, Lill, who survived the crash; daughter Laura (Hubbard) Boone; three grandchildren, Robert Thomas, Jennifer Hawkins, and Evan Kusch – two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Aiden Hawkins; three stepsons, Robert Conrad, Lionel, and Luis; a stepdaughter, Lilly Bouzide; and two step-grandchildren. He outlived his youngest biological daughter, Jacqueline (Hubbard) Ross, who died of brain cancer in 2004.
- WGN News story (audio)
- Official website at the Wayback Machine
- Radio Digest blogsite
- Eddie Hubbard at Find a Grave
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