Edward Christian, M.A. ’81, is recognized as one
of the nation’s top broadcasting executives.
He serves as chairman, president and chief
executive officer for Saga Communications, the
company which he built and today is the 17th
largest radio group in the nation. Through Saga
Communications Ed oversees 91 radio stations
and several television stations as well as the
Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota radio networks
and the Michigan and Minnesota farm radio
Ed has actively served on the boards of nearly
every major national and statewide radio
industry trade group, and he also is involved on the boards of various Detroitbased
Ed continues his commitment to learning at Central Michigan University as
an unpaid adjunct professor in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.
He regularly travels to Mount Pleasant at his own expense to lecture in
undergraduate and graduate classes.
Many universities have asked for his services, but Ed remains a steadfast
supporter of CMU. Recently, Ed spearheaded the acquisition of a translator
license for WMHW’s HD-2 service so programming can be heard at 101.1 FM.
In addition to his gift of the needed equipment, Ed provided the services of his
consulting engineer and HD-2 programmer.