He was one of the few broadcast interpretationists recorded in the history of radio, his radio programs—spanning three decades on local stations and national networks—perhaps best represent both the initiation and prime of broadcast interpretation.
Malone began work as an announcer & ukelele soloist at KMBC, Kansas City, MO in 1929. He acquired his pseudonym, Ted Malone, when asked to fill in for a program by reading poetry. The positive audience response to his reading led to his radio program "Between the Bookends". An associate of Ernie Kovacs later revealed that this program was the inspiration for his character Percy Dovetonsils. As his popularity increased, Malone began writing for other programs, and soon became production manager, production director, and program director at his radio station.
During World War II, Malone ventured into other types of broadcasts, such as variety shows and quiz shows, and even went overseas to broadcast as a war correspondent, providing human interest soldier stories for the listeners back home. Malone's growth as a reporter-writer-interpretationist continued to expand between 1950 and 1956, and by 1957, he had established "Ted Malone Productions" as an independent operation to consult, write, record, and produce audio-visual presentations and educational material for radio, television, and films.
Malone worked for all the major networks in his lifetime. Whatever the task, Malone continually relied on oral interpretation and strove to communicate with his listeners conversationally and convincingly through his readings—always the broadcaster, always the interpretationist. Ted Malone partially retired in the 1970s, and died in 1989 after contributing more than 60 years to broadcasting and its development.
His works include:
- The American album of poetry, (January 1, 1938)
- A Listener's Aid to Pilgrimage of Poetry: Ted Malone's Album of Poetic Shrines (NBC) by Ted Malone (January 1, 1939)
- Ted Malone's Mansions of imagination album: A listener's aid to "American pilgrimage" (1940)
- Ted Malone's Scrapbook: Favorite Selections From Between the Bookends (1941)
- American pilgrimage, (January 1, 1942)
- Between the Bookends with Ted Malone Volume Five (Hardcover - 1942)
- Pack up your troubles: A collection of verse (January 1, 1942)
- Yankee doodles: A book of American verse, (January 1, 1943)
- The Pocket Book of Popular Verse (1945)
- Ted Malone's Adventures in Poetry (1946)
- The All-American book of verse;: Yankee doodles (January 1, 1948)
- Ted Malone's Favorite Stories (1950)
- Sies, Luther F. Encyclopedia of American Rad+ io, 1920-1960. McFarland & Co., 2000. p. 351
- New York Times October 27, 1989. "Ted Malone, 81; Was Radio Pioneer With Talk Programs", Obituaries.