On September 25, 2020, Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson recognized Ed Love with the President’s Award for Excellence in Service, commemorating Ed’s 60 years on the air, 38 of which were at WDET, a community service of Wayne State.
President Wilson passed a resolution encapsulating what Ed means to the campus community. Read it below:
Whereas Ed Love has contributed significantly to the celebration and appreciation of jazz music and culture in the Detroit area and beyond for 60 years and whereas through his program, “Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program,” has served as Detroit’s preeminent jazz host on WDET since 1983 and whereas his vast knowledge and deep appreciation of jazz he has obtained a national audience through his syndicated National Public Radio, NPR, program, “The Evolution of Jazz,” airing on 150 U.S. radio stations and 2 in Puerto Rico, and whereas his efforts and commitment to celebrate and promote jazz musicians, festivals, and performances is recognized and appreciated by renowned artists and cultural leaders in Detroit, throughout the United States, and the world. And whereas, while maintaining the standard of excellence in the art of broadcasting spanning six decades, Ed Love continues to entertain, educate, and introduce a new generation to the art of jazz and the power of music. Now, therefore, be it resolved that I hereby bestow upon Ed Love the President’s Award for Excellence in Service in recognition of and in tribute to his outstanding career and contributions to Wayne State University, the citizens of the city of Detroit, and to music lovers everywhere.