Edward’s family released the statement:
We’re currently mourning the loss of Jake Hartford, a husband, father, and friend. This is devastating news for everyone in our family, and we greatly appreciate all of the kind words that have been offered to us during our struggle. It’s truly incredible how many people has affected positively through pursuing the work that he loved so dearly. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts as we do our best to “spring forward.”
Beyond his radio work through the years, Edwards may best be known as CBS News anchor Walter Jacobson's former television news producer when Jacobson delivered in-depth stories about Chicago politics and other local issues on a nearly daily basis. Jacobson has credited Edwards with doing the footwork for those incredibly investigative stories.
Edwards, 63, of Lockport, was a weekend regular host and often filled-in for regulars at the ABC-owned radio station in Chicago, WLS News-Talk Radio at 890 on the AM dial. Just recently, after changes were made at the station when Don Wade of the Don Wade and Roma radio show ended due to a brain tumor found in Wade’s head – followed by cancer therapy – Hartford ended up in the mid-morning shift from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with co-host John Kass. The former mid-morning hosts - Dan Proft and Bruce Wolf - moved to the early morning drive shift which left midmornings available.
On air, Jake Hartford is remembered for his incredibly quick wit and adored sarcasm. A favorite bit of his show was every spring and fall when he would purposefully and humorously confuse call-ins regarding the change in time due to the shift from Standard Time to Daylights Savings Time and vice versa.
As published by WLS-AM radio in Chicago, condolences and remembrances may be sent to Jake Hartford’s family at the following email address: JakeWillBeMissed@gmail.com.