Al Edel, 69, VOA broadcaster
Alfred William Edel, a veteran television anchorman and Voice of America radio broadcaster, died July 3 of cancer at a hospice in St. George, Utah. He was 69.
Mr. Edel, known as Al, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and was a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills football team. He received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a master’s in communications from Syracuse University.
With a deep, booming voice, he quickly became a radio broadcaster and editor at WKBW radio in his hometown of Buffalo, before leaving to join the Department of Defense’s American Forces Network, Europe in Frankfurt/Hoechst in 1960. In that job, he broadcast news to millions of GIs and American civilians and their families throughout Europe on AFN’s 13-station network. His two sons, Scot and Tod, were born in the U.S. Army’s 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany.
He became well known in the Frankfurt community for his speedy grasp of local issues and his ability to write with humor and insight. In 1961, he was promoted to chief of AFN’s London news bureau. In 1966, he left AFN to join ABC Radio News in New York City, where he anchored the daily ABC Radio network newscasts across the United States.
In 1969, Mr. Edel became the television news anchor for the evening newscast at KSFY-TV (now KSOO-TV) in Sioux Falls, S.D. ABC News called him to Washington in 1980, where he became a news writer for “Good Morning America,” and in 1982 he moved across town to become a radio news anchorman for the government’s Voice of America, broadcasting around the world on short wave.
He retired to Utah in 2000.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Lee; and two sons, Tod Edel of Dallas and Scot Edel of Austin, Texas; and three granddaughters.
At his request, there was no funeral or memorial service.