HONORING EDWARD C. KIERNAN; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 81
(Extensions of Remarks - May 28, 2014)

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                       HONORING EDWARD C. KIERNAN


                     HON. C.A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER

                              of maryland

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  Mr. RUPPERSBERGER. Mr. Speaker, I rise before you today to honor Mr. 
Edward C. Kiernan on the occasion of his retirement after more than 45 
years in the radio business, including more than two decades as the 
longtime head of WBAL Radio and 98 Rock in Baltimore.
  Under his leadership, WBAL has become one of the most honored 
stations in the country. During his tenure, it has become the market's 
longtime talk news leader as well as the recipient of numerous 
Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow Awards. Mr. Kiernan has helped 
expand the station's web and mobile presence and secured media rights 
to Baltimore Orioles, Ravens and Navy football games. In fact, he won 
back Orioles rights in 2011 after a 4-year run on a competing station.
  An active industry leader, Mr. Kiernan has served as president of the 
Advertising Association of Baltimore, as a board member of the 
Baltimore Radio Association and as chair of the Federal Emergency 
Broadcast System for the State of Maryland.
  Mr. Kiernan also has a passion for his community, and his civic and 
charitable efforts are too numerous to list in their entirety. He has 
served on the boards of the Baltimore Bicentennial Committee and the 
Partnership for a Drug Free Maryland. He is on the Visitors Board of 
the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, is a member of the Life 
Board of the American Red Cross, the Leadership Council of Johns 
Hopkins Bayview Hospital, the Board of Directors for the Hampden Family 
Center and a supporter of Our Daily Bread.
  He oversaw the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign, of which every dollar 
benefits underprivileged children in the listening area. The effort has 
earned WBAL the National Association of Broadcasters Education 
Foundation ``Service to Children Radio Award.''
  Prior to his time in Baltimore, Mr. Kiernan spent 17 years as Vice 
President and General Manager of WCBS Newsradio 88 in New York, where 
he worked to acquire rights to New York Jets football games and 
launched two new political programs. He is a graduate of Southern 
Illinois University and holds an honorary doctorate from St. John's 
  I have considered Mr. Kiernan a friend and colleague for many years. 
I know him to be a hard worker with a great sense of humor and 
commitment to our city. It is with great pride that I congratulate him 
on his retirement and wish him continued success and happiness in the 
next chapter of his life.