Early risers are seeing a new face on their television screen, with the arrival last month of KSN morning anchor Eddie Randle. Although he signs on the air at 4:30 a.m., Randle hopes his personality can radiate through television screens.
Randles says he has a passion for highlighting local businesses and, as a recovering addict, telling stories on addiction and recovery.
“ I speak very openly about my addiction because it’s a part of my life, I’m a recovering addict and alcoholic, and I’ve been sober for over three years,” said Randle. “ It’s a problem in the Black community that we don’t address because we’re taught to silence it, so I share stories about addiction and recovery and hope it helps anybody going through it.”
Randle, a rare Black man anchor in the Wichita market, hopes that when the younger generation in Wichita turns to KSN, they can see some of themselves in him and be empowered to chase their dreams.
“ Representation is everything,” said Randle.” If I had seen more Black people on TV in North Texas, I probably wouldn’t have had so many guards up or questioned myself early on in my career.”
Randle knew he wanted to be a journalist at a young age when he spearheaded an effort to establish a record newscast for his middle school’s morning announcements. He began his professional reporting career working for KSN’s sister station, KFDX, in Wichita Falls, TX, which is also his hometown.
Before moving to Colorado, Eddie worked at FOX23 in Tulsa, OK, where he earned his first Emmy award reporting on the aftermath of tornados in northeast Oklahoma.
He is a proud alumnus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earning a B.A. and Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.
Randle has a passion for performing arts, having also obtained a Minor in Vocal Performance. He and members of the Southern University Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall during his junior year.