Meet your WBAT “Good Morning Grant County” Hosts
Tim George is a veteran broadcaster, originally from Bluffton, IN, graduate of Norwell High School and Ball State University. Tim is Program Director of WBAT and co-host of “Good Morning Grant County,” and is part of the WBAT sports play-by-play team. Tim is also an accomplished musician and plays for his church, and teaches piano for the Community School of the Arts in Marion.
Ed Breen has been an Indiana journalist for 48 years. He was a reporter, photographer and editor at the Marion Chronicle-Tribune from 1966 to 1995, when he became Assistant Managing Editor of The Journal Gazette newspaper in Fort Wayne.
Since October, 2009, he has been co-host of “Good Morning Grant County” on WBAT, 1400 A.M. in Marion, and has contributed “An Ed Breen Moment” to the show for 10 years.
He has a long-standing interest in Indiana history and has served as a trustee of the Indiana Historical Society. He is a co-founder of the Mississinewa Battlefield Society, which has presented the “Mississinewa 1812” living history program for the past 25 years. He currently is a trustee of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Fort Wayne, and serves on the Publications Committee of the Indiana Historical Society.
Breen, a native of Iowa, and his wife, Joanne, a professional artist, are the parents of two daughters and grandparents of two grandsons. They live in Marion.
Ed Thurman is a radio “lifer,” having started at his hometown radio station in Hartford City when he was just 16. Outside of mowing lawns as a kid, radio is the only thing he’s ever done! After graduating from Vincennes University in 1976, Ed has worked at several radio stations in Wisconsin and Indiana. He’s worked in Marion since 1995, doing primarily news and sports. Ed is the morning news anchor on WBAT. He’s also the radio voice of the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats, and called the Lady Wildcats National Championship runs in both 2007 and 2013. He’s also called nearly 25-hundred local high school and college basketball, baseball and football games in recent years, and even called some high school hockey in his early years.
Ed and his wife, Rhonda, have 4 children and he’s active helping out with his kids’ sports teams in Blackford County, as well as being active in 4-H and his church.
Jim Brunner has worked in Marion area radio for 42 years. Calls local sports for the Marion Giants and both local colleges IWU and Taylor. Does a daily local sports talk show “In the Press Box” 2-4 on 860 ESPN Radio. Graduate of Indiana University with degree in Radio and TV. Wife Dory is a retired art teacher. Son Paige is married to wife Iris, they have two children Quinn and Leo.