Crane has been reporting on radio and television since 1979. He joined the CBS Radio Network in 1982 where, for 18 years, he anchored hourly newscasts as well as the World News Roundup and Special Reports. He went on to be a reporter and anchor for CBS Marketwatch and has worked as an anchor of the CBS News TV broadcast Up to the Minute. Crane has reported for WCBS-TV, New York and anchored for WCBS-AM, New York.
Prior to coming to CBS, Crane worked for WBBM, Chicago. His career began at WIFR-TV, Rockford, Illinois. He is a recipient of the Chicago Headline Club Award and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Ed Crane is now in his 5th year as the co-host of The KFBK Morning News, the most listened to morning radio program in Sacramento. Each weekday Ed also writes and delivers the popular feature "Crane's Corner", an insightful look at current news and the people who are making it.
Ed's rich journalism background is complemented by some interesting and fun acting credits, including the role of Newscaster #6 in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington, and Interviewer in the 2006 movie The Hoax with Richard Gere.
Ed is an avid golfer and a huge wine enthusiast. He lives in suburban Sacramento with his wife Barbara, their 13-year-old son PJ, and their Labrador Retriever Sandy and chihuahua Bunker.
When I was doing some tv and video stories for CBS Marketwatch (later Dow Jones/WSJ)
in New York City some years back, I began something of a partnership with Best Buy. They're based in Minnesota, but through their PR company in New York, gave us access to shoot video in their stores almost carte blanche. We would interview Best Buy people from time to time, so the relationship worked well for all concerned. This was the time when big boxy "big screen" tv's were giving way to HD and Plasma TV's Blue Ray would muscle out HD DVD and Apple was busting out with I Tunes, before the I Pad hit the world.
Even through the recession, it seemed that Best Buy was well managed and would weather the recession, even as competitors like Circuit City went belly up. Then Costco and Sams Club started pushing electronics and Amazon got into the act, and suddenly Best Buy was a place for picking up some e supplies and small gadgets, but just a place to window shop for the big ticket items. As you'll read in this NY Times piece, it's cost the CEO his job and investors may be pondering if the big blue and yellow retailing behemoth is a good buy, let alone a Best Buy.