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Obituary of Ted RANDAL
Theodore Ernest Randal September 24, 1926 – February 5, 2021 A true modern day renaissance man! He could do practically anything and was interested in everything. He was a consummate self-learner and delighted in acquiring new and diverse skills. He grabbed life full on, never afraid to leap into the breach, reinventing himself at every turn. Ted was born in southern California and grew up swimming in the ocean, bicycling through orange groves and picking walnuts after school. He always had a job or two going as a teenager, but his first big one was as a flagman on a troop carrier in the US navy during the Second World War’s Pacific campaign. He was 19 years old. In no time, he was working the sewing machines on board like a pro, making and repairing the ship’s flags and patching up uniforms on the side — a skill that later became very handy during his retirement sailing days. In 1947, he enrolled in Radio Broadcasting and Drama at the University of Oregon in Eugene where he started working as a student DJ at KASH-Eugene. He never looked back. Hopping from station to station across the US and honing his skills along the way, Ted grabbed onto every opportunity. By 1958, he was hosting The Ted Randal Show at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Hollywood and launched Ted Randal Enterprises, a radio business consulting company. It is from this location that he started publishing the Tip Sheet which he would mail every week to over 350 radio stations in the US. In an age when print media was king, the Tip Sheet became the standard guide for DJs across the US. Recording artists and their agents consistently showed up at his door with their demos, hoping for a good review in his weekly digest. Combining his instinctive ear with his knowledge of audience and market trends, Ted had devised a unique method for picking hits, one that allowed him to predict where a recording would peak in the charts and how long it would hold that position. As the hits kept coming, so did the work until he was programming 33 top-40 radio stations in four countries simultaneously. In the 1970s, he left Hollywood for the more laid-back atmosphere of Toronto, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1980. He continued in radio, consulting for numerous stations in Canada, the US and Australia. In 1977, he became program director and later general manager at CHFI, departing in 1982. After several years teaching at Humber College, he was off chasing his dreams again, leaving behind the 100-acre farm in Alliston where he had spent weekends tending his animals and crops. Upon retirement, Ted took to the sea again, this time aboard a beautiful wooden sailboat in Florida. With Anne by his side, they cruised the eastern seaboard up and down, off and on, for over 20 years. During this period, he embarked on his second career — that of artist and painter. After dabbling in all mediums, he settled on egg tempera. With many awards and solo shows to his credit, his works now grace the private collections of art enthusiasts in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2012, Ted and Anne left their home base in Oakville, shipped their newly acquired sailboat to the west coast and settled in Victoria, BC where he passed away of natural causes. Although he had garnered an impressive number of awards and accolades during both his careers, traveled extensively and hobnobbed with celebrities, these were rarely his chosen topics of conversation. Rather, his fondest memories consisted of an early morning golf game with a nephew or friend; a vodka martini on the poop deck with Anne; or a meal of Chinese dishes he would meticulously prepare, present and serve with full descriptions. He loved vintage cars, sought enriching conversations, was a stickler for proper grammar, a wordsmith, an avid reader and a music trivia buff. Ted leaves his beloved Anne, the love of his life and soul mate; four nephews, Ed (Elaine) of Spokane, David (Laurie) of San Luis Obisbo, Tom (Chris) of Pocatello and Christian (Dominique) of Geneva as well as very special friend, Rob (Lynn), of Toronto whom he called his surrogate son. Ted was the last survivor of his immediate family. His parents, Edward and Valborg (Faccou Sorensen) Shultz; his twin brother, Edward, better known as Bud and his sister, Gloria, have all predeceased him. At a later date, Ted’s ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean he loved. It was his wish … in his words: because I always wanted to sail around the world!
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