Initially famous for hosting an entertainment-themed radio program titled Hollywood According to Hoyle, Ford (who initially billed himself as Eddie Hoyle) went on to present both a popular music program and a midnight talk show.
While studying at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1930s, he began working for Philadelphia's WHAT-AM radio station.
In 1955, he and theater producers Shelly Gross and Lee Guber founded a Pennsylvania performance venue known as the Valley Forge Music Fair.
Born Edward Felbin, he grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His second wife, Lynne Abraham, served as District Attorney of Philadelphia.
He and Michael Smerconish both rose to fame as Philadelphia-based talk show hosts.