Ed Dean Joins Sunshine State News As Senior Editor
By Sunshine State News // February 22, 2015
will spearhead SSN’s radio presence
SUNSHINE STATE NEWS – The top political radio talk-show host focused on Florida politics, conservative pundit Ed Dean, has joined Sunshine State News as a senior editor.
Sunshine State News and Dean are partnering up to bring their conservative perspective on Florida politics in new formats.
“Everybody focuses on national issues,” Dean says.
“The most important politics are state and local. The major issues – taxes, education, unions, environmental issues – are state and local. Not everything happens in D.C. A lot of it takes place in Tallahassee and on the local level.”
“This is a really exciting time and a wonderful addition as we celebrate our fifth anniversary,” said Executive Editor Nancy Smith. “Ed Dean’s fresh perspective will truly resonate with SSN’s politically savvy readers.”
Dean will offer a weekly column for Sunshine State News — ”The Dean’s List” – looking at Florida’s top political winners.
As Sunshine State News continues to expand in new directions, Dean will spearhead SSN’s radio presence through the release of “Florida Minute,” an informative series of news breaks covering the latest in state politics. Dean and Kevin Derby, Sunshine State News’ senior political reporter who appears on a daily segment on the “Ed Dean Radio Show,” will host the thrice daily segments.
As Sunshine State News continues to expand in new directions, Dean will spearhead SSN’s radio presence through the release of “Florida Minute,” an informative series of news breaks covering the latest in state politics.
Dean and Kevin Derby, Sunshine State News’ senior political reporter who appears on a daily segment on the “Ed Dean Radio Show,” will host the thrice daily segments.
“It’s great to be working with Sunshine State News, the gold standard of Florida media,” Dean said. “I’m looking forward to helping expand their presence across Florida.”
“Ed Dean is a dynamic, conservative voice who offers great insights on state and national politics,” Derby said.
“I’m glad Sunshine State News’ readers will join tens of thousands of radio listeners across Florida in being able to partake in Ed’s take on politics and the issues.”
As the top-rated radio show host focusing on Florida, Dean is no stranger to the Sunshine State’s politics. His show is featured Monday through Friday, 6-8 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. around the state.
Dean is a regular financial and political commentator on Newsmax TV and a contributor to Fox News 35 in Orlando. In addition, he is a senior media analyst for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a Washington, D.C., taxpayers advocacy group. Dean’s work has appeared in the Space Coast Daily and Sunshine State News.
Before that, he covered politics for Straight Talk, the Brevard Reporter and WMEL Radio where he won awards for his coverage of the 2004 hurricane season.
Politics is in Dean’s blood. With his uncle John Buckley, a former Reagan consultant, Dean helped run BTV, a media and polling firm.
Back in 2010, Dean was the featured MC for the “Spending Revolt” bus tour of Florida launched by Americans for Prosperity (AFP).
Dean has also worked as a media consultant to politicians, campaigns and business groups at the state and national levels and sits on the media advisory board for the American Media Institute. Dean is the owner of the Florida Radio Network.
While he makes no efforts to tone down his conservatism, Dean told Sunshine State News part of the success of his media career has been his focus on other perspectives. That includes bringing in analysts and experts instead of guests who preach to the converted.
“It’s all about the issues,” Dean said. “What’s made our show so successful is having voices and analysis from both sides and not just having politicians on. It’s not just one-sided and we’ve always done it this way.”
Dean’s shows can be heard in Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Daytona Beach, Orlando, the Space Coast, the Treasure Coast and South Florida from West Palm Beach to Miami. It can also be heard in parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.