Remembering Ed McGuire, KET Education Consultant

Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET

Ed McGuire, formerly a regional KET Education Consultant for 25 years, died recently and is fondly remembered by KET staff and many Kentucky school teachers and students he visited and helped along the way. Ed was a very friendly man with a big radio voice who always assisted schools as much as he could. An early proponent of educational television resources for the classroom and of student video production, Ed was even known to wire schools by himself for sharing educational programs over classroom televisions.

Ms. Linda Childress, a former music teacher at Cub Run Elementary in Hart County, emailed us the other day saying how saddened she and others were at hearing of Ed’s passing, recalling him as a very helpful and kind man. She added that her students had recently featured Ed in a WCUB newscast.

Ms. Childress recalled that in 1994, Ed had helped her establish the Cub Run WCUB student news program. Ms. Stephanie Hensley, Ms. Childress’ niece and the current music teacher at Cub Run Elementary, was at that time in 7th grade at Cub Run and was a presenter in the first news broadcasts over their new school audio-visual system in 1995.

Today, the weekly student WCUB news program of school and community news continues, jointly directed by Ms. Childress, Ms. Hensley, and Ms. Alicia Estes, the school library media specialist. WCUB’s weekly newscasts are also shared over local cable-tv to community homes, and selected videos are available for viewing online at Cub Run Elementary’s school WCUB website.

Pictured above with seated 8th grade newscast anchors are l-r, Alicia Estes, Stephanie Hensley, and Linda Childress — WCUB joint-directors.

Here’s the full WCUB newscast, and here’s an earlier KET MediaWorks blog article on a visit to Cub Run Elementary and their video production program.

Along with other KET Education Consultant media pioneers, Ed McGuire was largely responsible for establishing why we at KET continue to be so warmly welcomed when visiting Kentucky schools. Many of us will always remember him as a gentle and caring man who gave generously of himself and his time in serving schools and making friends.

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