Edward Tyll

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Edward Tyll
Born (1956-02-06) February 6, 1956 (age 63)[1]
The Bronx, New York, USA
OccupationRadio host

Edward Tyll (born February 6, 1956) is an American comedian and radio personality.[1]

Tyll was born in The Bronx, New York USA the only child of Italian-Polish-American parents. He earned a B.S. in Sociology and briefly attended law school before becoming a talk radio host.

He has appeared as a commentator on network TV and hosted a syndicated radio show heard in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Long Island, New Orleans, Seattle, Portland and other cities. A political independent, with a libertarian and liberal bent, Tyll gained notoriety when he briefly replaced conservative host Larry Elder on KABC (AM) Los Angeles.

Radio career[edit]


In the early 1980s, Tyll hosted a conservative talk radio program on WPBR in Palm Beach, Florida.[2] This weeknight show first brought Tyll to acclaim and national attention when he became involved in the resolution of a February 1984 hostage situation.[3]

On March 2, 1987, Tyll began a short, highly rated run at WGST in Atlanta, Georgia.[4] Tyll drew press attention and controversy when he announced a plan to give away condoms in Woodruff Park during a broadcast.[5] After initial resistance, city officials permitted the giveaway as long as it was part of an educational program on AIDS prevention. His show sparked considerable publicity and controversy leading up to his suspension in July 1987 after insulting influential Georgia politicians.[6][7] After a series of protests and counter-protests, he was reinstated but was ultimately fired by the station in November 1987 after violating FCC regulations by placing a Fulton County assistant district attorney live on the air without her knowledge or consent.[8]

In January 1988, Tyll was hired by WKLS-FM ("96 Rock") in Atlanta.[9][10] Tyll continued to generate controversy with critics calling his show "tasteless and insulting" leading to station management to promise to "tone down" the show in November 1989.[11]


In January 1990, Tyll began hosting a nighttime talk show on WLUP (1000 AM) in Chicago.[12] He was moved to overnights in May 1991 before being let go in October 1992.[13] The Chicago Sun-Times noted that this was Tyll's eighth radio station in five years.

Tyll spent February 1993 as a fill-in host on WJNO in West Palm Beach, Florida.[14] In March 1993, Tyll moved to Detroit to host an overnight show at the short lived 99-5 WOW-FM. In May 1993, the station flipped to country music and Tyll was let go. In August 1993, Tyll started a weekly show airing Sunday late-night on WYSY (107.9 FM) in west suburban Chicago.[15] He later moved on to work at a radio station in New Orleans.[16]

Tyll was hosting a mid-day call-in talk show at WTKS-FM in Orlando, Florida,[16] when he was hired by KABC in July 1997.[17][18]

From September 1997 until early February 1998, Tyll hosted a late-afternoon two-hour weekday show on KABC (790 AM) in Los Angeles.[19] Once billed as a conservative talk host, in a February 1998 profile Reason magazine described Tyll as a "journeyman left-liberal host."[20] He had replaced conservative African-American talk host Larry Elder when Elder's show was cut from two to four hours then let go when station management restored Elder's show to its original length.

In April 1998, Tyll began hosting a weeknight talk show from 7 to 10 p.m. on KLSX (97.1 FM) in Los Angeles.[21] Tyll eventually shifted to a 10 p.m. to 1 a.m overnight shift before leaving KLSX on October 22, 1999 to host a syndicated talk show airing middays and originating from the studios of sister station WKRK-FM in Detroit, Michigan where he Hosted a current event call-in show where he played "Devil's Advocate" and started argument's with the caller's. Ed was once again fired.[22]

On June 16, 1999, NBG Radio Network's The Ed Tyll Show began streaming live over the internet via Broadcast.com.[23]


Starting from the station's launch in September 2002, Tyll hosted a mid-day talk show from noon to 3 p.m. on WLIE ("Island Talk 540") on Long Island, New York.[24][25] In March 2003, Tyll was honored by Talkers magazine on their annual "Heavy Hundred" list of the "most important radio talk show hosts in America."[26] Indeed, Tyll was popular enough to survive an August 2003 cutback in local programming and was one of only two local shows not to be replaced by syndicated programming.[27] His show was moved to afternoon-drive from 3 to 7 p.m. during the shakeup. As of 2007, WLIE is a Spanish language station carrying none of the original "Island Talk 540" programming.

In October 2010, Ed Tyll was once again back in the Orlando radio market on talker WEUS 810 AM (The Big 810 AM). Ed held down the noon - 3pm slot for about 8 months, and then was moved to the 9a-noon slot when the station dropped conservative talk host Laura Ingraham and added Alex Jones to the noon-3p time slot. Ed left the Big 810 AM after 14 months, citing a desire to move his career in another direction.

In January 2018, after airing his talk show on Starcom Radio to rural low power stations for several years, Tyll moved his show to WXDE where he currently hosts weekdays Noon to 3 pm.


  1. ^ a b Sneed, Michael (1992-02-06). "Celebrity Birthdays". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 2. Ed Tyll, 36
  2. ^ Marcus, David (1984-09-11). "Conservative Talk Show's Host Touts Right-Wing Stuff at WJNO". Miami Herald. p. 1PB. WPBR in Palm Beach (1340 AM), already has two local hosts billed as conservatives: Dan Gregory, 5-8 pm weekdays, and Ed Tyll, 8 pm-midnight.
  3. ^ Wilson, Mike (1985-05-04). "Award Stirs Memories of '84 Hostage Situation". Miami Herald. p. 3PB. WPBR-AM (1340) talk show host Ed Tyll was driving through Palm Springs on Feb. 10, 1984, when he saw police cars parked outside Eckerd Drugs.
  4. ^ "Change is in the air as WGST cuts news and adds more talk". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1987-05-12. p. B1.
  5. ^ "WGST condom giveaway still on at Woodruff Park". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1987-03-05. p. E9.
  6. ^ Conconi, Chuck (1987-07-13). "Personalities". The Washington Post. Ed Tyll, an Atlanta radio talk show host, was suspended this weekend for calling Atlanta area Rep. John Lewis a "moron" and comparing the civil rights leader to the "Little Rascals" comic character Buckwheat.
  7. ^ "Radio host Ed Tyll's `zest to be known' led to controversy". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1987-07-19. p. B1. Profile of WGST talk-show host Ed Tyll who was suspended by the station after tirades against Senator Wyche Fowler and Congressman John Fowler. Tyll called both Georgia lawmakers "illiterates" and dubbed Lewis a "moron."
  8. ^ "Station WGST pulls plug on Ed Tyll - for good". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1987-11-21. p. A25. WGST radio personality Ed Tyll was fired Friday after he spoke with a Fulton County assistant district attorney on the phone during his show, apparently without making it clear to her that she was on the air. WGST radio personality Ed Tyll, whose on-air antics have shocked listeners since March, has conducted his last interview for the station.
  9. ^ Williams, Dick (1988-01-23). "Why couldn't we observe a joint King-Lee day?". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. B1.
  10. ^ Williams, Dick (1988-01-09). "No high hilarity in this storm - just a pile of guilt". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. B1. Ed Tyll, the former Atlanta talk-show host, is a case in point. After being bounced from WGST, Tyll quickly landed on his feet.
  11. ^ Yandel, Gerry (1989-11-17). "Love's the Theme: `Letters,' Kissy-Face, Ron and Nancy". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. C9. Ever heard of Ed Tyll? Station vice president and general manager Clarke Brown went on the air with an apology at 10 am and said some calls indicated the show was tasteless and insulting and that it would be toned down this morning.
  12. ^ Feder, Robert (1990-05-16). "WLUP-AM's shrill Ed Tyll disrupts talk-radio panel". Chicago Sun-Times.
  13. ^ Feder, Robert (1992-10-06). "'Loop' Cuts Loose Talk Host Ed Tyll". Chicago Sun-Times. Ed Tyll, the square peg who never quite fit into the "Loop" hole, is on his way out at WLUP-AM (1000).
  14. ^ Feder, Robert (1993-03-01). "New Lease on Life For 'Wild Chicago'". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 27. Ed Tyll, just back after a month of fill-in work at WJNO-AM in West Palm Beach, Fla., has pulled the plug on his weekly talk show for WYIN-Channel 56.
  15. ^ Feder, Robert (1993-08-09). "WGN Stays Inside To Fill Key Ranks". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 25. Ed Tyll, former late-night host at WLUP-AM (1000), is back on Chicago radio - one night a week. His new talk show airs at midnight Sundays on west suburban WYSY-FM (107.9).
  16. ^ a b Smith, Thom (1999-09-16). "Industry irked by Radio Free Parrothead". The Palm Beach Post. p. 1E. Remember Ed Tyll? [...] He made his way to New Orleans and eventually Orlando, where he hooked up with WTKS. Now he's syndicated. As of Monday he's back on the air in South Florida.
  17. ^ "ABC Radio Zoned out for Disney". Daily Variety. 1997-08-27. KABC has also reportedly hired Ed Tyll, a flamboyant jock currently working in Orlando, Fla., for an undetermined spot in its lineup. He is said to be priming to begin work in about three weeks.
  18. ^ Snow, Shauna (1997-07-31). "Calendar". Los Angeles Times. p. 46. KABC-AM (790) has confirmed that it is "negotiating" with Orlando, Fla., talk host Ed Tyll for an undisclosed spot on its lineup.
  19. ^ Shuster, Fred (1998-02-10). "Elder's Radio Show Back to 4 Hours Long". Los Angeles Daily News. Conservative African-American talk host Larry Elder's weekday radio show on KABC-AM (790) has been returned to its original four-hour length after the program was cut by two hours this fall.[...] Ed Tyll, hired in November to fill Elder's final two hours, has left KABC, station management said.
  20. ^ Henderson, Rick (1998-02-01). "Disrespecting Elder". Reason.
  21. ^ Snow, Shauna (1998-04-22). "Calendar". Los Angeles Times. p. F2. Talk host Ed Tyll, who had a brief two-month afternoon-drive gig on KABC-AM (790), is now on KLSX-FM (97.1) from 7 to 10 p.m.
  22. ^ Snow, Shauna (1999-10-16). "Calendar". Los Angeles Times. p. F2. Meanwhile, Ed Tyll, who currently has the 10 p.m.-1 a.m. slot, is leaving to do a syndicated midday talk show following Howard Stern at Detroit's WKRK-FM where he Hosted a current event call-in show where he played "Devil's Advocate" and started argument's with the caller's.
  23. ^ "Fisher Entertainment's Internet Broadcasting Services Provided by Broadcast.com". Business Wire. 1999-06-16.
  24. ^ Hinckley, David (2002-09-04). "Stern: Ousted Rivals Had It Coming". New York Daily News.[dead link]
  25. ^ Hinckley, David (2002-11-20). "WLIE Boosts Signal and Island Focus". New York Daily News.[dead link]
  26. ^ Hinckley, David (2003-03-05). "Local Hosts On List Of Mouths That Roar". New York Daily News.[permanent dead link]
  27. ^ Solnik, Claude (2003-08-01). "Island Talk WLIE cuts staff to lower expenses". Long Island Business News.